Goroka is known today for its annual Goroka Show, unique pottery and the famous mudmen.  Coffee is the financial backbone of the region and enjoyed by connoisseurs worldwide.

PNG has always attracted religious groups from around the world, an influx which kickstarted coffee planting in the region.  Before WWII, German missionaries arrived and, longing for European comforts, began experimental plantings in the area around Goroka.  The perfect environmental conditions, a large available workforce and a worldwide demand for coffee quickly resulted in a successful business formula.  In just a short time, coffee became one of the financial mainstays for PNG.  Today around 2.5 million Papua New Guineans derive a primary income from coffee growing.

PNG coffee is highly regarded for its excellent quality and fruity flavours.  The elevated landscape, rich soils and organic growing methods all contribute to a super brew.  The process by which the beans are prepared for sale also determines the quality of the final product.  Once the coffee cherry (red bean) is picked, the bean is dried to an ideal 10% moisture content.  The beans then go through a process of dehusking and carefully grading.  Finally, the green beans are sent for packaging where they are sorted in controlled conditions to protect the integrity of the beans.  Typically, coffee is roasted at its destination to guarantee a fresh, quality drink.  A visit to a local coffee factory is well worth the effort if you’re in the region.

While in the region, take a trip to Kainantu to visit the famous Kainantu Pottery.  The entire region is famous for its clay work but Kainantu has a worldwide reputation for its remarkable pottery.

In September each year Goroka plays host to the Goroka Cultural Show.  The show’s roots hark back to the 1950s and it provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the traditions and culture of Papua New Guineans in the region. For information and tour packages, please see this page.

Where ever you want to go on your holiday, PNG Holidays in conjunction with our wide range of suppliers and operators can put together the ideal travel itinerary for your plans.

These are our everyday recommended properties. During the show period we also offer guest house accommodation, as the below hotels may already be booked out due to the huge demand.



The Bird of Paradise Hotel is conveniently located right in the centre of town, overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges.




Situated in a safe environment amongst lush tropical surrounds, the Pacific Gardens Hotel offers family and corporate friendly accommodation, just 10 minutes from the centre of Goroka.

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