Welcome to Mt Hagen
Despite its environs and economic prominence, Mt Hagen is not nearly as attractive as Goroka. It’s PNG’s third biggest city. ‘Hagen’, as it’s often called, was a patrol station before WWII, and has boomed in the last 40 years as Enga and the Southern Highlands have opened up. Now it’s an unruly city with major squatter settlements, pot-holed roads and many itinerant people. As in Lae and Port Moresby, Hagen’s streets are packed with people.
The city’s ambience can vary from the usual PNG relaxed vibe to periods of heavy tension during elections or inter-clan disputes.