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Northern Province (Oro)
Few people would expect to find fjords in Papua New Guinea. The Tufi area on the south east coast of Oro Province is one of PNG's best kept secrets. Situated on Cape Nelson, Tufi is a spectacular place to visit. This province is also home to the Kokoda Station. This is where the famous Kokoda trail ends. Tapa Cloth is usually used in this area as their traditional wear. Tapa is made from the beaten bark of a tree.
Milne Bay Province
Milne Bay Province takes in the land at the extreme eastern end of Papua New Guinea together with seven groups of islands, the Trobriand, Woodlark, Laughlan, Louisiade Archipelago, the Conflict Group, the Samarai Group and the D'Entrecasteaux Group. The names come from a variety of explorers from as early as 1660 when D'Entrecasteaux sailed through and left his name behind.
Central Province
Only 46 kilometres from Port Moresby is the Sogeri Plateau. At 800 metres the air is cool and pleasant. Sogeri is the starting point for the famous Kokoda Trail. Nearby is the Varirata National Park. Covering an area of 1,000 hectares, it was the original hunting grounds of its tree-house dwelling landowners.
National Capital District
Port Moresby, the nation's capital and the main entry point for international visitors does not present an immediate picture of an ideal tropical paradise. During the winter months it is dry, dusty and brown. Summer is wet, humid and overgrown. It is a place of stark contrast. Ramshackle huts sit alongside glistening glass towers, dusty plains turn corners to expose a glittering harbour and fearsome frowns turn to welcome smiles. Port Moresby opens the door to the land of the unexpected.
Gulf Province
Cannibalism was a way of life for the fierce gulf people until the arrival of Christianity. Although head-hunting has not survived European civilisation, seven distinct styles of artistic craftsmanship have been categorised. A thriving market for carved masks, bull roarers, headrests, skull racks and gope boards keeps local craftsmen busy.
Western Province
Western Province, on the southern coast, bordering Irian Jaya, is a perfect destination for fishermen, photographers and lovers of flora and fauna. The countryside here is unlike anywhere else in Papua New Guinea. Wide open grasslands are home to Rusa deer, wallabies and wild pigs. Crocodiles, and lizards linger near river banks and teems of wild fowl and ducks fly across rivers. Two of the greatest rivers in the country, the Fly and the Strickland, run for almost their entire length through Western Province.
Momase Region
The second city of the nation with a population of 1.4 million people, its largest city is Lae. With its tropical humid climate, normally between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius, it is envied by many around the country.
Highlands Region
In the centre of the landmass and divided into five provinces, the Highlands Region consists of Southern Highlands, Enga Province, Western Highlands, Simbu and Eastern Highlands.
Islands Region
This is the least densely inhabited region with a population of 750,000 (14% of PNG), and distinct through its history portrayed by its Austronesian languages and archaeological findings of Lapita pottery culture.
Human habitation is estimated to have begun around 45,000 years ago in this region. Today this region has a population of 3 million comprising Papuans, Melanesians and Austronesians with the official language being English.

This region is made up of Central ProvinceGulf ProvinceMilne Bay ProvinceNational Capital DistrictNorthern Province and Western Province. A hot humid climate exists for most of the year, except in the mountains, and with some variation in the northeast monsoon season.

In the National Capital District, Port Moresby is Papua New Guinea’s capital and the main entry point for international travel visitors. Click here for more information on Port Moresby hotels .

Offering a vast range of Papua New Guinea tours and adventures, there are botainical gardens, museums, art galleries, markets and government buildings to explore. Papua New Guinea culture and history tours offer a rich and enchanting experience of this fascinating land.
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