from: $2730*

CULTURE

Goroka Show 2017

This four night program has a twist on our normal Goroka Show weekender tours with Mount Hagen and a road trip included. It is designed for independent travellers requiring managed arrangements for visiting the Goroka Show. There is a selection of accommodation options – subject to availability at time of booking – and escorted excursions to the Goroka Show and other attractions. For the excursions you will share a bus, guide and show seating with other clients booking this package.

The Goroka Show is partly an agricultural show and partly a highlands sing-sing. Since colonial days the people of the eastern highlands have come together once a year to display samples of their best crops and livestock to compete for prizes, and to show off their most colourful and energetic dance traditions. The pride of each tribe is vested in its dancing groups which vie for attention and prominence on the dance ground – often there are several groups performing at once in different parts of the arena. Sparks fly occasionally on the field as jealousy and competition fuel conflict between tribal groups. At the end of the Show, judges award prizes to the best dancing groups: cash awards have now taken the place of pigs and brides.

Traditionally the Goroka Show runs Saturday and Sunday on the weekend closest to Independence Day, the 16th September each year. However the Friday before this weekend is one of the busiest travel days of the year in PNG with thousands of Port Moresby residents flying to their home provinces to spend the long weekend with their relatives. Flight overbookings, delays and cancellations are unfortunately rather common on this day and in past years some tourists have missed the start of the Goroka Show due to flight chaos and being stranded in Port Moresby for the Friday night.

Accordingly we are now offering the Goroka Show as a 4 night package flying in to Mt Hagen on the Thursday and transferring by private bus trip to Goroka on the Friday. This arrangement avoids the Friday flight chaos, enables a short tour of Mt Hagen and time for a couple of village stops in the rural Simbu Province enroute to Goroka.

On the Saturday morning and Sunday morning, our guides will take you to the traditional sing-sing performances in the main arena at the Goroka Show while other attractions also take place on the sidelines including the Mr Goroka Show bodybuilding competition, the Miss Goroka Show beauty pageant and of course sideshow alley. The churches, charities, health and environmental organisations will also set up stalls to spruik their messages with megaphones and theatre groups performing comedy skits.

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Price

Goroka Show Package
 accommodation, tours and airfares

2* Diwai Motel Budget Room

3* Emmanuel Motor Inn Standard Room

3.5* Bird of Paradise Hotel/Pacific Gardens Standard Room

3.5* Bird of Paradise Hotel/Pacific Gardens
Deluxe/Premier Room

Ex Cairns, 4 nights, all airfares included

$3500

$3950

$4550


$5075

Ex Brisbane, 4 nights, all airfares included

$3650

$4100


$4700


$5225

Ex Port Moresby, 4 nights, domestic flights included*

$3165

$3625


$4195


$4725

Land content only, start Mt Hagen, end Goroka

$2730

$3185


$3770


$4290

Single Supplement

$520

$850

$1560

$1950

Includes

  • Airfares and accommodation as chosen;
  • airport transfers throughout
  • all ground transfers throughout
  • meals as per package chosen
  • 2 half day tours
  • 2 day show pass with lunch
  • all site and village fees
  • tour guide

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Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2017 BUT are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full. See attached flyer for all trip notes. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.