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Papua New Guinea Geography and Maps

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Located between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, Papua New Guinea is made up of the eastern half of the Island of New Guinea, the islands of New Ireland, New Britain and Bougainville as well as neighbouring smaller islands. The country is one of least explored in the world, with many animal and plant species yet to be discovered.

The country is surrounded by protected coral reefs and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire (the point of collision of several tectonic plates) which means there are many active volcanoes found there. Along with volcanoes, the island is home to the New Guinea Highlands. The Highlands are a mountain range that runs the width of the entire island of New Guinea from east to west. Standing at 14,793 ft, Mount Wilhelm is Papua New Guinea’s highest peak. It is interesting that many of the higher mountain ranges receive snowfalls - which is a rarity in the tropics.

The lowland and coastal areas are surrounded by dense rainforests and wetlands including the Sepik River which at 1,126 km is the longest in Papua New Guinea. The second longest river in Papua New Guinea is the Fly River at 1,050 km. Despite being the second longest in Papua New Guinea, it is actually the largest river in all of Oceania and is the largest river in the world without a single dam in its catchment.

The central core of the main island is characterized by deep green valleys that many remote and unknown villages call home.



Papua New Guinea Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Papua New Guinea. 

Learn about the history and culture of Papua New Guinea, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Papua New Guinea's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, and 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Papua New Guinea for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Papua New Guinea tours today!


Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Papua New Guinea tours at one of Goway's other South Pacific destinations. You can choose from our selection of Australian vacations, New Zealand vacation packagesTahiti vacation packages, stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from New Zealand.



Book your Papua New Guinea tour with Goway!

Goway's DOWNUNDER wizards offer many ways to explore, experience and enjoy amazing Papua New Guinea. There are different lodges for different regions, a stay in a Sepik riverboat as well as a luxury small vessel cruising in the region. We can also arrange adventure treks and diving experiences. Let us custom-design what will be your most amazing globetrotting journey.


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