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Top Choice Cultural in Goroka

Goroka Show

The Goroka Show is held over the Independence Day weekend (mid-September) at the National Sports Institute’s Sports Oval. It attracts more singsing (celebratory dance/festival) groups than the Mt Hagen show and ther…
Top Choice Cultural Village in Goroka

Asaro Mudmen

Asaro village, northwest of Goroka, is famous for its mudmen – warriors who traditionally covered themselves in grey mud and wore huge mud masks before heading off on raids. It’s a very striking image, best witnesse…
Top Choice International in Goroka

Deck Bistro

The Bird’s Deck Bistro overlooking the pool is the place to rendezvous and central to the social life of Goroka’s well heeled. There’s a nightly themed buffet (K60), of which the Sunday carvery is the pick, and a po…
Top Choice Cafe in Mt Hagen

Kofi Kave

If you’re wondering where the expat community hangs out, you’ll find them sipping coffee and nibbling cheesecake (K12) in this uber trendy cafe. Turn right (southeast) when you reach the airport and look for the Ban…
Top Choice International in Mt Hagen

Palmuri Restaurant

The Palmuri is Hagen’s most upmarket restaurant. It offers delectable delicacies such as Mt Wilhelm trout, pasta, steaks, triple-stacked pancakes, a seafood-style buffet (K85) every Thursday and a separate pizza men…
Cultural in Mt Hagen

Mt Hagen Show

It’s not as big as the Goroka Show, but the Mt Hagen Show is definitely a must-see. It’s held at the showgrounds, 13km northeast of town. Tickets can be brought from Trans Niugini Tours and major hotels prior to the…
Bird Sanctuary in Tari

Tari Basin

The Tari Basin and the Tari Gap are world renowned birding spots, and because the altitude ranges from 1700m to 2800m through a variety of habitats there is a high diversity of species. Tari is a particularly blesse…
Cultural in Wabag

Enga Cultural Show

The main (and cynics might say, only) reason to visit Wabag is the annual Enga Cultural Show, a smaller version of the Mt Hagen and Goroka Shows. Like the Mt Hagen Show, it is held in mid-August, presumably with the…
Market in Mt Hagen

Hagen Market

This is one of PNG’s biggest and most varied markets and a great place to buy bilums and Highland hats. There’s also a vast range of fresh produce on sale and you may also see sorry-looking cuscus, pigs and birds tr…
Museum in Goroka

JK McCarthy Museum

JK McCarthy was one of PNG’s legendary patrol officers and wrote one of the classic books on New Guinea patrolling – Patrol into Yesterday. Among the exhibits are pottery, weapons, clothes and musical instruments, a…