Goroka is a city in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.


With around 25,000 people, Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands province of PNG. It is 1600m above sea level. It is blessed with a very pleasant, spring-like climate all year round.

Get in

Goroka's airport is in the centre of town and you can check in and then walk back downtown for a drink while waiting for your plane.

By road, Goroka is on the "Highlands Highway", about 285km from Lae.

View of Goroka. The airport is right-center

Get around

The centre of town near the airport, market, shops and Bird of Paradise hotel is easy to walk around and fairly safe, although it can feel otherwise as it is crowded with people. There are some reliable taxi drivers around and the hotels and resorts will be able to provide drivers.




There are several supermarkets in town, including Bintangor opposite the Bird of Paradise (open every day to 6:30pm except 6pm on Sunday) and Papindo at the back of the same block. Brian Bell (closes 5pm weekdays, 12pm Saturday), on the west side of the airport, is best for homewares and there are many smaller Chinese-run stores with various goods.

Most large stores accept credit cards (but be aware of occasional fraud) and there are ATMs at the major banks, including Westpac and ANZ. There is an ATM inside the Bird of Paradise that does not charge fees, although it is intended for guests only.




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