Western Highlands Province

OLD AND NEW WAYS LIVING CURIOUSLY TOGETHER

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Unleash your inner poet when you see the shrouded misty peaks of Western Highlands Province.

The capital city, Mt Hagen, is a bustling commercial centre where wealth from coffee and tea plantations has brought rapid change to traditional lifestyle. If you want to visit the last frontier of Papua New Guinea this is it. Taste the sweetest strawberries at Rondon Ridge, attend one of the regular cultural festivals held throughout the province and don’t miss the kaleidoscope of colours on view at the Saturday markets.

MUST SEE

  • Pop into the Western Highlands Cultural Centre featuring a reconstructed village hut and exhibits of artefacts and curios.
  • Gain permission to visit the archaeological sites at Kuk Valley, the first place on earth to cultivate land for gardening.
  • Catch a glimpse of the richness of traditional Highland’s social structure and ceremonial dress at the Mt Hagen Show held in August each year.

HOW TO GET THERE

Domestic flights arrive directly into the Mt Hagen Airport from Port Moresby. From the airport it's a 30-minute stretch by taxi ride to the city centre. Your hotel will provide airport transfers for your convenience. The Okuk (Highlands) Highway connects Mt Hagen to Goroka and other Highlands centres.