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Testimonials from Our Intrepid Adventurers

Thank you so much for putting on a tremendous trek. This past week, I've got a new lease on life, more confidence and a feeling that anything is achievable.

Thanks again to you and your family.

Tom Logue
Owner, Fairmont Homes

The trek was more difficult than I expected, more challenging than I anticipated but more rewarding than I hoped.

Niugini Adventure Tours, in particular, Ken and Lawrence, were fantastic in all aspects of our trek. The organisation, support, energy and direction displayed by each were beyond expectations and only added to the fantastic experience.

Would I do it again? YES!
Would I use Niugini Adventure Tours next time? DEFINITELY!

Thanks for completing my dream!

Graham Wakefield
Harvey Norman Commercial

On behalf of Fisher & Paykel, I would like to commend you and the Niugini Adventure Tour team for a most professional and memorable trip. The level of organisation shown, from our preparation in the months leading up to the track to the support and guidance shown through our journey, was truly first class!

Your ability to immerse us in the culture of the people on the trail and in the villages, coupled with the history of the events, will never be forgotten.

The feedback from our clients has been overwhelming. Once again, on behalf of the whole touring party, "thanks" for the memories and the experience of being part of the legacy of the Kokoda trail.

Andrew Paykel
National Sales Manager, Commercial,
Fisher & Paykel

PNG Cultural Events Tours

National Mask Festival
Date: 6/07/
Location: East New Britain Province, Rabaul

The National Mask Festival was initially introduced in 1995 and is staged as an Annual National Event to promote the Mask Cultures of Papua New Guinea. Masks have been a feature of human civilization for thousands of years and vary from culture to culture, providing many different functions.
The types or class of masks that are thought to represent spirits, are found in West Africa, South America and Melanesia. Of this category, the Melanesian masks specifically focus on ancestral spirits. These types of masks which we now call the “tumbuan”, in Tok Pisin, are found in Melanesia and are an important part of the culture.
In Papua New Guinea, mask cultures are found in the New Guinea Islands, the Momase Region and Gulf Province. The masks from these areas are similar in appearance and nature, but still have noticeable differences. In many ways, they are the most important cultural symbols of Papua New Guinea and identify our cultures from the rest of the world.
While the mask cultures of the above three regions belong to the same class, they are not necessarily the same in appearance and do not embody the same meanings. Although similarities can be drawn in this sense, one can distinguish a South American mask from that of a Melanesian or a West African mask.

Yet within each region, masks share similarities but again they have marked differences from one area to another. For instance, in Melanesia nearly all of the Melanesian countries (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) have mask cultures; with a very strong presence in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In appearance and functional roles in society, these masks are similar but again they differ from country to country.

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Crocodile Festival
Date: 9/08/
Location: East Sepik Province, Wewak

A two-day festival celebrates the region’s pristine environment and wildlife.

The WWF-supported crocodile festival in East Sepik highlights the importance of crocodile conservation and the species’ habitat along the Sepik River, one of the largest unpolluted rivers in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Sepik River is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater and saltwater crocodile populations. Crocodiles are part of the Sepik heritage. Men and crocodile share a special bond. The Crocodile symbolize strength, power and manhood. Many boast of scars cut into their skin during initiation. The scars resembling the back of a crocodile run from the shoulder to hip.

Crocodiles are significant to the Sepik culture where they have cultural traditions, beliefs and legends based on this particular animal.

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Mt Hagen Cultural Show
Date: 12/08/
Location: Western Highlands Province, Mount Hagen

Mt. Hagen Cultural Show was first staged in 1964 by many different tribes from Western Highlands Province. The show was for the purpose of sharing the cultural experience with each other, calming the ever-present tribal animosities and enmities by bringing all tribes together in a one cultural event to expose the positive side of life, and to celebrate the diversity of cultures among the natives.

In 1964, Papua New Guinea was still under its colonial power, Australia. Between 1964 and 2002, there has been some huge paradigm shifts, which has meant that the focus of the show has also shifted. The Mt. Hagen Cultural Show now focuses on tourist entertainment and is designed to attract international and domestic travellers. There is also now prize money on offer for the winning cultural group, which makes the competition aggressive, colourful and exciting.

Over 50 different cultural groups perform their different dances (or "singsings") for the tourists. Local musicians and other modern entertainment events and attractions also occur during the show.

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Goroka Cultural Show
Date: 16/09/
Location: Eastern Highlands Province, Goroka

The Eastern Highlands Cultural Show which is simply known as the ‘Goroka Show’ is a significant event in the province. The show provides entertainment to the people of the Eastern Highlands and to visitors from PNG and overseas.

The Goroka Show is a probably the most well-known tribal gathering and cultural event in Papua New Guinea. It is held every second year (even numbered years only), during the weekend closest to Independence Day (16th September), in the town of Goroka. About 100 tribes arrive to show their music, dance and extraordinary displays of tribal rituals. Although the festival started in the mid 1950s, from the initiative of missionaries, the Goroka show now offers a rare opportunity for travelers to experience the customs of over a hundred tribes that populate the Papua New Guinea highlands.

The staging of the Goroka Show started back in 1957 at the Independence Park, opposite the Goroka Main Market. The show was first introduced and organized by Australian Kiaps (patrol officers). Kiaps from each district built round houses typical of their districts. It is here that they proudly displayed cultures of their districts. The kiaps brought in singsing groups from their area and as we have some twenty-nine languages and societies, it was reflected in their culture. It began as an entertainment weekend for everybody in the Province. The show was also a competition to see who the best organized and administered district was.

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Hiri Moale Festival
Date: 16/09/
Location: National Capital District, Port Moresby

The Hiri Moale Festival celebrates the epic journeys of the Motuans, re-enacting for current generations, the craft and lore of days gone by.

The journeys taught people to endure hardships in life and taught the young life skills, seamanship and to get up and go and not rely on handouts.

The annual Hiri voyages follow the people of the Central Province (then called the Motuan) on their journey to the Gulf of Papua, to trade with the Kerema people. The voyages started when Edai Siabo of Boera village built the first lagatoi, after befriending a sea god. The travellers would set sail to Manumanu, with the onset of the south easterly winds (Laurabada) and return to Gaba Gaba when the northwest winds (Lahara) started blowing.

The Motuans took with them clay pots, arm shells (toea) and yams, among other goods, to exchange for sago, logs for new lagatois, and dog’s teeth. It was an event that was looked forward to by the trading partners annually.

The voyage forged friendships that lasted for generations, which in some cases are still intact today. Those voyages also created a national language, Hiri Motu, a vernacular understood by the Motuans and their south westerly trading partners.

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Morobe Agri-Cultural Show
Date: 15/10/
Location: Morobe Province, Lae

The Morobe Agri-Cultural show is an annual event hosted by the Morobe Provincial Agricultural Society, in Papua New Guinea’s second largest city. Since Lae is an industrial city, the show organizers started this show with the intention to showcase the agricultural, industrial and commercial features of the area, along with the cultural features of the province. The show has always followed from the Goroka and Mt. Hagen shows, giving tourists and inter-provincial show-goers time to visit each show

The main exhibits are Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock, Commercial and Schools, besides cultural exhibitions. Each year prizes are handed out to the participants in each category. During the show, districts are also awarded for making the best exhibits. Thus the show not only displays our unique and diverse cultures, but also celebrates the achievements of our people as well.

Historical Background
The first Lae Show was staged on the 24th of October, 1959. In the 1950s, after the Second World War, many expatriates came to settle and build farms in Lae. These settlers went on to form what was the Morobe District Farmers and Settlers association. These farmers, together with local businesses operating in Lae at that time, came together to propose and stage a show. For the first three years the show was staged at Lae Technical College. Finally, in 1963, the present site was awarded to the Morobe Show Society. It has remained there to this day.

Some of the highlights of the Morobe show over the years, have been the official opening in 1960 by the then Govenor General of Australia. The 1973 show was also exceptional in that the Morobe Show Society hosted some 62 delegates from Scotland, England, Wales, Kenya and Australia, who had been attending the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference in New Zealand.

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National Canoe & Kundu Festival
Date: 4/11/
Location: Milne Bay Province, Alotau

Canoes and the Kundu drums are a significant aspect of the lives of the people of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. Both the Canoe and the Kundu were widely used in olden times in ceremonies and rituals and were meticulously crafted from special woods under strict customs, to derive the best results and to appease the gods

The National Canoe and Kundu Festival were first held in Milne Bay in 2003. The canoes that are used in the festival are crafted in the same way that the canoes were crafted many years ago by the people’s ancestors. The colours and patterns reflect upon the tribe and the area the canoe comes from. The canoes and traditional dancing groups come from all over the Milne Bay province, including some parts of the Papuan Region. Thus, the festival is rich with variety of performances.

The event takes place usually around the final week of October, to early November. Prizes are give to the winning groups and the canoes are assembled a day earlier at Wagawaga Island, to form a convoy before sailing to Alotau for the official opening ceremony.

Other activities include;

  • Arts and craft displays
  • String band competition
  • Drama and a combined church service.

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