"Kundiawa - Near the 'Top' of Papua New Guinea" Kundiawa by Bwana_Brown

Kundiawa Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 7 photos

I travelled to Kundiawa about 6 months after arriving in Papua New Guinea, due to emergency repairs required at the main electrical substation that supplied this part of the country. Located in Chimbu Province, with 4509-m (14,793-ft.) Mt. Wilhelm, the highest mountain in PNG located not far away, this is a rugged part of the Highlands ranges that stretch all along the central spine of this second largest island in the world. The airstrips in this part of the country were known for their challenging locations, including the one serving Kundiawa, since it was built with a slant to it on the side of one of the many mountains! In my case, both for this trip and on a few other occasions when I passed through by road, I flew into the larger strips in either Goroka or Mount Hagen. This view was taken from near Kundiawa showing the typical up and down terrain characteristic of the area, as well as a small hut on the slope in the centre of the photo. For a map showing the exact location of the town, please refer to my 'General Tips' section.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You are in the Highlands - it's an interesting place
  • Cons:Don't be expecting a luxury holiday
  • In a nutshell:I never thought I'd ever have lived in PNG! It was an amazing experience
  • Last visit to Kundiawa: Mar 1980
  • Intro Updated Nov 13, 2009
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  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    It is to be in off the beaten path of off the beaten country :)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 7:02 AM

    Off beaten places are always interesting to visit, and to read about!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    If only one could afford a helicopter travelling in PNG could be pure pleasure. Well, I hope it would be cooler up there too than on the ground.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2007 at 3:49 AM

    How exciting, something I can say with some assuredness that I won't be doing!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2007 at 3:54 AM

    Always enjoy your PNG pages, Glenn. Guess I'd sooner chance the roads than some of the minor airstrips there!

  • Oct 17, 2006 at 5:24 PM

    bwana brown goes roughin it! :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2006 at 8:41 PM

    Driving on muddy trails must be a real challenge! Interesting page on one of your many PNG adventures!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2005 at 8:54 PM

    I actually can say, not that much has changed over the last 30y, according to our News coverage here in NZ...anyway, tks Glenn for sharing a piece of your life!!

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2005 at 12:15 PM

    Nice memories ! It is always nice to hear your adventures :)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2005 at 4:41 PM

    This certainly is a remote area, but it would be interesting to see how things may have changed in the last 25 years!

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