12 Days
Duration
Leisurely, Tough
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, Tufi, Papua New Guinea
Location
14+
Age
February- November
Dates

(OWERS CORNER – KOKODA – TUFI)

Join this popular trip and you’ll be well on your way to trek Kokoda and dive Tufi.

Tour historical battle sites and areas of military significance from Imita Ridge to Kokoda beginning with the Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war grave in the South Pacific, and the last resting place for over 2000 Australians who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Kokoda Campaign in WW2. Meet descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, selfless and dedicated Papuan war carriers who helped evacuate hundreds of wounded and sick Australian soldiers on stretchers during the heavy fighting with the Japanese in the ranges. Stay in beautiful villages situated in little communities on mountaintops and in valleys sprinkled along the famous wartime trek, and enjoy breathtaking views from atop the upper heights of the Owen Stanley’s. After the trek concludes at Kokoda, you’ll make the journey by road to Popondetta for the flight to Tufi, for a couple of days of scuba diving bliss. You’ll enjoy the sparkling blue waters teeming with exotic marine life and colourful reefs, and get the opportunity to do wharf, night, and reef dives to cap off what is a fantastically great tour.

DESTINATION Owers’ Corner – Kokoda – Tufi
DEPARTURE LOCATION Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TOUR TYPE Adventure
MIN PERSON 2
TOUR LEADER Australian
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
 TOUR DURATION 12 Days
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
TOTAL TRIP DURATION  14 Days
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT See Plan Your Trip

What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority
  • Experienced Australian tour leader
  • Knowledgeable PNG tour guide
  • Battle site and areas of military significance tours and commentaries
  • Tribal welcome by descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
  • Safety and security plan
  • Daily safety and administrative briefs
  • Medevac plan
  • Kokoda trek fitness plan
  • Pre-tour health and medical check plan
  • Satellite, mobile and radio communications
  • First aid support (trained attendant and complete kit)
  • Staff Reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby
  • Transit hotel accommodation in Port Moresby (Holiday Inn Express /Holiday Inn)
  • Transit hotel buffet dinner and breakfast
  • Charter /domestic flight pre-trek (Popondetta – Tufi / Tufi – Port Moresby)
  • Road transport to drop-off and pickup points (Port Moresby – Owers’ Corner / Kokoda – Popondetta)
  • Buddy system for trek safety (porter per trekker)
  • River crossing and counter obstacle procedures
  • Survival and obstacle breaching equipment
  • Guesthouse and campsite landowner fees
  • Village guesthouse accommodation and campsites (tent carried by porter)
  • Food and equipment porters
  • Trek rations and camping supplies
  • Cooking and meal preparation
  • Delicious and nutritious local and western-style meals
  • Water resupply plan and procedure
  • Daily situational trek updates
  • Daily social media and updates
  • Free souvenir Kokoda t-shirt and cap

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Baggage cost
  • Spending money
  • Local museum fees

Travel Prerequisites

  • Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
  • Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary. If you’ve included flights with your booking, we’ll handle this for you.
  • Passport – have a valid passport; if not contact your local passport office for assistance.
  • Visa – PNG has visa on arrival for Australian tourists but you can apply here in Australian by lodging your application in person or by registered mail with the PNG consular offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.
  • Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C plan otherwise go with a travel insurer who can cover you on the Kokoda Track and in PNG.
  • Medical – see your GP or family doctor to be deemed medically fit to complete the Kokoda Track and be protected against Malaria and other tropical illnesses.
  • Fitness – you must be physically fit and in good health to do Kokoda. This doesn’t apply to non-trekking tours.
  • Diet – inform us if you have specific dietary requirements, for instance if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
  • Travel – email us copies of your travel documents i.e. passport (only front page that has your photo ID and pers details), completed medical form, travel insurance, and travel itinerary.

You can Contact Us if you need assistance to Plan Your Trip

Optional extras

  • International flights – to and from Moresby ex Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
  • Personal Porter – highly recommended for all Kokoda treks if you’re not super fit
  • Accommodation – supplement for an extra night at the hotel in Port Moresby pre-tour or post tour
  • Photos – capture your tour moments with photographs
  • Videos – capture your tour moments on a video
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Day 1: Owers’ Corner – Goodwater (approx. 2 hours))

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Our 12 day trek and tour of the Kokoda Trail and Tufi begins today. After a night at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express in Port Moresby, we travel by road to Owers’ Corner, the drop-off point of the Kokoda trek, to begin the trek. Enroute, we tour Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery in the Pacific, and McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in World War II. Our destination is our campsite at Goodwater, and it’s a short trek to acclimatise, and get our body accustomed to the physical demands of the trek. We leave Owers’ Corner and trek down sections of the trail cut into the steep slopes by Australian engineers, and used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. We cross Goldie River at the foot of the first descent with the help of our porters, and trek past the abandoned Uberi village, the site of a field dressing station, and Dump 66, a supply dump established after Dump 44 near Ua-Ule located north of Imita Ridge was abandoned following Japanese occupation of Ioribaiwa. We arrive in camp with plenty of time to spare and use the afternoon freshen up and re-adjust our equipment in preparation for nine days of challenging trekking in the days ahead before having dinner and getting as much rest as possible.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 2: Goodwater – Ofi Creek (approx. 7.5 hours)

Today our destination is Ofi Creek. After spending our first night at Goodwater, we trek up the famous Golden Stairs built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers to make climbing to the top of Imita Ridge easier. At the top of the ridge, we tour the site where the Australians defended after withdrawing along the trail, before going on the advance against the Japanese who stopped on the opposite ridge at Ioribaiwa. After Imita, we head down precipitous slopes to Ua-Ule Creek. Dump 44 was located in its vicinity before relocating to Dump 66. We cross Ua-Ule Creek back and forth numerous times before taking an unrelenting climb to Ioribaiwa village. We stop briefly in the village for a rest before continuing up to Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance which brought them within sight of their objective, Port Moresby. The ridge is the location of wartime Ioribaiwa village, and the site of the Battle of Ioribaiwa, a final defensive battle fought by the Australians during the campaign. After a guided tour of the battle site, we continue past fighting pits to our campsite at Ofi Creek. We arrive in time for a nice refreshing bath, some change of clothing, dinner and some well-deserved rest. Many places along the Kokoda Trail offered ideal sites for conducting ambushes for the Australians and Ofi Creek was one of them.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 3: Ofi Creek - Nauro (approx. 4 hours)

Today, our destination is Nauro village where we’ll camp for the night. After breakfast, we leave Ofi Creek and trek to the top Maguli Range which will take us to Nauro. We trek past Station 88, a probable site of a wartime carrier camp set in a clear and prominent large kunai grassy patch used sometimes as a helicopter-landing pad, Japanese Ladder, steps dug by Japanese soldiers into the clayey soil and Japanese Camp. We continue to the peak of Maguli Range and take a brief stop at Nauro lookout to enjoy breathtaking views of Nauro, and the towering mountain ranges of Owen Stanley’s. Withdrawing Australian composite units formed due to their reduced numbers from heavy fighting along the trail, continued the climb up the range from Nauro, found a defensive position, and camped before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese. A quick survey of the perimeter at rest stops in cleared areas will reveal Australian weapon pits. From the lookout, we head down to our campsite at Nauro with plenty of time to sightsee, relax and get some rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 4: Nauro - Menari (approx. 5 hours)

From Nauro, we head to our next campsite at Menari village. We leave after breakfast and trek through the only swampy flats located along the Kokoda Trail before reaching Nauro River. We cross the river and trek along its banks and past Augulogo village, before making the climb up “The Wall,” a steep near-vertical slope which takes us up to a beautiful lookout with breathtaking views of Nauro and the mountain ranges to the south. After a brief rest, we continue and trek to Menari Gap, and onto our campsite at Menari. Many Australian troops passed through Menari and one that’s more notable is “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, AMF, caught on camera by cinematographer Damien Parer, as they were being commended on parade in the village by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner, following weeks of intense fighting at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava and Eora Creek. The afternoon is taken up with a swim in the river and sightseeing around the beautiful village.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 5: Menari - Kagi (approx. 7.5 hours)

After a night in beautiful Menari, our next destination is Kagi. We leave the village and cross Vaibuiagi River, before making the unrelenting climb to Brigade Hill, another major battle site during the Kokoda Campaign. The Battle of Brigade Hill was an unmitigated catastrophe, and worst disaster faced by the Australians in the entire Kokoda Campaign. Despite courageous efforts to delay the advancing Japanese, it was a battle that resulted in defeat, forcing the Australians to withdraw south along the trail. We take a solemn tour of the battle site before trekking past Mission Ridge, where the Australians defending its razor-sharp ridges saw hordes of Japanese troops with lanterns coming down the precipitous slopes of Kagi to the north. This was the famous “Japanese Lantern Parade.” We head past Efogi 1 and 2 before crossing Efogi River and trekking to our campsite at Menari village. No fighting took place at Kagi because of the open terrain, but it was used as a dropping zone for supplies, and was the site of the first air strike against the advancing Japanese. We enter the village to a rousing Fuzzy Wuzzy welcome from lovely locals with their war cries and charming village choir.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 6: Kagi – Dump 1 (Lukobo Campsite) (approx. 6 hours)

After a memorable time in Kagi, our next destination is Lukobo campsite situated on the foothills of Mt Bellamy in the vicinity of Dump 1, the first crossing of Eora Creek where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal early in the campaign. We trek past Kagi Gap with its beautiful vista of Brigade Hill, Kagi and Naduri villages, Myola Turn-Off, and 1900 Campsite, before heading up to Mt Bellamy, the highest point on the Kokoda Trail at 2190 m above sea level, and the Kokoda Gap (also known as the “Gap”) which rises above the blanket of clouds over the mountain ranges on a cloudy day. The area between the turn-off and the Gap is mossy and heavily wooded with giant trees and huge pandanus. It was along this section of the trail that the advancing Australians encountered their first resistance from the retreating Japanese later in the campaign. From the Gap, we head down the sheer muddy drop to our campsite at Lukobo where we setup camp surrounded thick tropical jungle mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 7: Dump 1 – Eora Creek (approx. 7 hours)

It’s day 7 and today our destination is our next campsite at Eora Creek. We leave Dump 1 and trek to Templeton’s Crossing where we stop briefly for a tour of the Battle of Templeton’s Crossing, a battle by the advancing Australians to remove pockets of Japanese resistance. Templeton’s Crossing is named after Captain Sam Templeton, Officer Commanding of B Company of the 39th Battalion, AMF, a veteran of World War I, and a fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia. Templeton went missing during delaying actions near Oivi. Following the tour, we trek to our campsite at Eora Creek. After settling in camp, we take another guided tour of Battle of Eora Creek. Eora Creek was the site of tragic and chaotic fighting during the Australian withdrawal early in the campaign as they fought to delay the advancing Japanese while moving south along the trail with their wounded following heavy fighting at Isurava and Abuari. The rest of the day is spent relaxing and chilling out in camp and getting to know the people we’ve met on the trek.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 8: Eora Creek – Con’s Rock (approx. 5 hours)

After Eora Creek, we are destined for our next campsite at Con’s Rock. After a night at Eora Creek, we continue along the trail before taking a detour to tour the lower Japanese defensive position on Eora Ridge. The position was heavily defended by the Japanese during the Australian Fighting Withdrawal and the Battle of Eora Creek. The site is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has commanding views of Eora Creek on the southern side. After the tour, we trek to beautiful Alola village with its breathtaking views of Eora Gorge. Alola village was the location of Maroubra Force headquarters during fighting at Isurava and Abuari, the Australian infantry unit that was responsible for fighting along the Kokoda Trail. Abuari is located on the ridgeline to the east on the opposite side of the Eora gorge. After Alola, we trek to Con’s Rock, a prominent flat rock Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous used as an operating table to conduct an amputation on a digger. The rock is located next to the memorial plaque of Lieutenant Harold “Butch” Bisset, who was seriously wounded during the Battle of Isurava, before dying in the hands of his brother, Captain Stan Bisset. We settle in camp after a tour of the rock.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 9: Con’s Rock - Deniki (approx. 5 hours)

It is our second last night on the Kokoda and our destination today is Deniki. After a night at Con’s Rock, we trek to the famous Isurava Battlefield where we stop briefly. The Battle of Isurava was the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. We take a guided tour of the popular battle site, visit the local museum, and take pictures of the famous granite pillars – etched with the words courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice – that serve as a memorial to the battle’s fallen. The battlefield is the site where Private Bruce Kingsbury of the 2/14 Battalion, AIF, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery, the first soldier to do so on Australian soil, and PNG was at the time. Private Kingsbury was later killed in action by an enemy sniper. After Isurava, we trek past post-war Isurava village, and onto our campsite at Deniki, the site of the Battle of Deniki, a relatively short battle between the Australians and Japanese, following the battles of Kokoda before Australians withdrew to Isurava. Deniki is located on a blunt-nosed spur with breathtaking of Yodda Valley that’ll blow your mind away.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 10: Deniki – Kokoda - Tufi (approx. 8 hours)

It’s our last day on the Kokoda Trail, and today we’re all looking forward to finishing the trek successfully after 10 tough days on the trek. After breakfast, we leave Deniki and make the last and final descent into Kokoda which takes us past Hoi and Kovelo villages. Kokoda is the site of First Battle of Kokoda, and Second Battle of Kokoda, early in the Kokoda Campaign. As we cross the finish, we are ushered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters before going on a tour of the battle site, memorials and museum. Kokoda was strategically important for the Allies because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. After Kokoda, we make the trip by road past the battle sites but now villages of Oivi and Gorari to Popondetta’s Girua Airport where we board our plane to Tufi. After settling into our accommodation at the boutique Tufi Resort we’ll be issued with our scuba gear for some night diving after dinner.  A separate itinerary is provided by Tufi Resort at the time of booking for the preferred activities and includes boat, boat operators, dive masters, scuba equipment, fishing gear, and lines and rods. Refreshments and meals for the day will be arranged.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 11: Tufi (approx. 8 hours)

After breakfast, we leave Tufi on our dive boat and head off out on the outer reefs for a day of adventurous scuba diving bliss. Dive reefs teeming with an exotic array of marine life forms with a diverse range of fish species which is at the top of most divers “to see list”. The reef dives will be followed by wharf dives back in the fjords before concluding around midday as you’ll need to wait for at least 24 hours before getting on a plane. There are opportunities to go canoeing or sailing after the dives with the help of Tufi Resort.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 12: Tufi – Port Moresby (approx. 1 hours)

Today, our tour comes to end so we pack our bags and prepare for our afternoon plane journey back to Port Moresby.  There are opportunities to go canoeing or sailing for a bit of sightseeing for those who want to venture into the fjords for with the help of Tufi Resort. Upon landing in the nation’s capital, we are met by staff and transferred back to our 4-star hotel accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express. We spend a night in Port Moresby before leaving the country the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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