Kokoda without trekking


This unique tour will allow you to visit the hallowed ground of the Kokoda Track, without the need to join a trek.

Members from: $3,775 P.PNon-members from: $3,850 P.PSolo traveller from: $4,737

  • Type

    Special Interest

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Supplier

    Matt McLachlan Battlefield Tours

  • Booking Code

    MTKT

  • Departs

    31 October 2019



This unique tour will allow you to visit the hallowed ground of the Kokoda Track, without the need to join a trek. You will see the key sites where Australian troops forged a legend in 1942 and pay your respects to the 2000 Australians who were killed or wounded in this pivotal WWII campaign.

Day 1: Thursday 31 October, arrive Port Moresby

STAR INCLUSIONS * Welcome dinner and history presentation

Welcome to Papua New Guinea. On arrival we will be met by our Kokoda Historical Guide and taken to the Grand Papua Hotel. During dinner our Guide will give a detailed presentation on the battles fought in PNG during 1942. (D)

Day 2: Friday 1 November, Port Moresby

STAR INCLUSIONS * Port Moresby Tour * Bomana War Cemetery

After breakfast we will visit the Bomana War Cemetery before returning to the hotel for lunch. After lunch we will begin our tour of Port Moresby, including the PNG National Memorial, National Museum, Parliament and the wreck of M.V. MacDhui. We will return to the hotel for free time before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 : Saturday 2 November, Owers’ Corner – start of the Kokoda Track

STAR INCLUSIONS * Koitaki Showgrounds * PNG Nature Park

Today we will travel along the Sogeri Highway to Owers’ Corner, the start of the Kokoda Track. Our Historian will bring to life the story of Kokoda as we look out to the Owen Stanley Range. We will then visit the Koitaki Showgrounds, the site of the infamous ‘Rabbit that Runs Speech’, before making our way to Sogeri Lodge for a buffet lunch. This afternoon we will visit the PNG Flora and Fauna Park. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Sunday 3 November, Kokoda

STAR INCLUSIONS * Kokoda Commemorative Service * Kokoda Memorial and Museum * 4WD along the Kokoda Track

This morning we will fly to Kokoda over the Kokoda Track, spotting Lake Myola, Brigade Hill & Isurava. We will land on the war-time air strip before being picked up by 4WD and making our way to the Kokoda Plateau where we will attend the official service commemorating the retaking of Kokoda 77 years ago. At Kokoda, we will visit the memorials and the Bert Kienzle Museum. The 4WD will then continue up the Kokoda Track and join our Historian for an optional walk on the Kokoda Track before returning to Kokoda for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Monday 4 November, Popondetta – Gona – Sanananda

STAR INCLUSIONS * Popondetta War Memorial * Traditional village welcome

Today we will head north to Popondetta and the Japanese beachheads. We will stop to see Oivi and Gorari, the mighty Kumusi River and the place where the Japanese and Papuan Infantry Battalion first came into contact. After lunch we will visit the Popondetta War Memorial then Gona Beach where our Historian will bring to life the Battle of the Beachheads. Next we will board a boat to Haddy’s Village, then Sanananda where we will be treated to a traditional welcome dance before checking into Sanananda Guest House. (B, L, D,)

Day 6: Tuesday 5 November, Buna

STAR INCLUSIONS * Visit Japanese bunker complex * 55/53 Battalion memorial

We will begin our day with a guided tour of Buna village. We will visit the Australian and US memorials and walk along the road depicted in the famous George Silk photograph. We will also see the last-known Japanese bunker complex before returning to Sanananda for lunch. In the afternoon we will tour Sanananda Village, taking in the 55/53 Battalion memorial, the Wirraway wreck and the Japanese hospital. We will have time to buy souvenirs at the village craft market before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Wednesday 6 November, Port Moresby

STAR INCLUSIONS * Visit B-25 wreck * Farewell dinner

We transfer this morning to Girua airport. We will check out the B-25 wreck before returning to Port Moresby. We will then return to the hotel to relax and have free time. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Thursday 7 November, departure

Sadly our tour ends today. We will transfer to Port Moresby International Airport for our return to Australia. (B)


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