31 days in Papua New Guinea Itinerary

31 days in Papua New Guinea Itinerary

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Alotau
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Mount Hagen
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Lae
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Kimbe
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Rabaul, East New Britain
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Kavieng
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Port Moresby
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Alotau

— 5 nights
Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province, in the south-east of Papua New Guinea. Alotau is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Massim Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Port of Alotau, take in the history at Turnbull War Memorial Park, and stroll through Manta Watch Camp.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alotau road trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Alotau is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Alotau hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 29°C. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Mount Hagen.

Things to do in Alotau

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Mount Hagen

— 5 nights
Mount Hagen is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea, with a population of 46,250. When in Mount Hagen, make a side trip to see Wahgi River in Banz, approximately Banz away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wilhelm and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mount Hagen Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mount Hagen trip planner.

You can fly from Alotau to Mount Hagen in 6 hours. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Lae.

Things to do in Mount Hagen

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:

Lae

— 4 nights
Lae is the capital of Morobe Province and is the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea. Lae is known for historic sites and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Lae War Cemetery, stroll through Rainforest Habitat, and pause for some photo ops at Amelia Earhart Memorial Lae PNG.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lae trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Mount Hagen to Lae by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. You will leave for Kimbe on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Lae

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Kimbe

— 2 nights
Kimbe is the capital of the province of West New Britain in Papua New Guinea. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the activities along Kimbe Bay.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kimbe trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lae to Kimbe. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel to Rabaul.

Things to do in Kimbe

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Rabaul, East New Britain

— 4 nights
The plucky township of Rabaul lives under constant threat of destruction, thanks to its proximity to Tavurvur, a permanently smoking and very much active volcano.
Rabaul is known for museums, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with Rabaul - Kokopo Dive, explore the different monuments and memorials at Rabaul War Cemetery, get impressive views of Tavurvur, and learn about all things military at Kokopo War Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rabaul trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kimbe to Rabaul. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to Kavieng.

Things to do in Rabaul

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Kavieng

— 4 nights
Kavieng is the capital of the Papua New Guinean province of New Ireland and the largest town on the island of the same name. Kavieng is known for wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Scuba Ventures.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kavieng tour app.

Traveling by flight from Rabaul to Kavieng takes 3 hours. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Kavieng

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Port Moresby

— 6 nights
In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Varirata National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kokoda Track, take in the spiritual surroundings of Port Moresby Mosque, admire the natural beauty at National Orchid Garden, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bomana War Cemetery.

Start your trip to Port Moresby by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Kavieng to Port Moresby takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

Papua New Guinea travel guide

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Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.