We never expected we would stay in West Papua for so long, but its wonderful nature and unique culture really got us. Not many people travel to West Papua and the development in the area goes slowly which makes it a place you will not find anywhere else in the world, so pristine and beautiful. There is not much information available online or in print and the flight connections are scarce. So we summarised our favourite 2 -3 weeks West Papua itinerary here. Don’t miss out any highlights and save time an resources flying efficiently.
A visit to Baliem Valley is a trip to another world and an unforgettable experience. However, the section about Baliem Valley in Lonely Planet is rather anemic, lacks vital information and has no photos. This article will provide you with all the information you need before starting your hike. But most importantly how to find a guide and what to bring if you are on a budget for an authentic Papua experience.
After escaping the rain at Milford Sound we stocked up on food at Pak’n Save in Queenstown and continued the scenic road to Wanaka. We spent 2 days in beautiful Wanaka and did some serious hiking. But the refreshing little town also invites for relaxing strolls along the beach with breathtaking views of the Southern Alps. Where to stay and what to do in Wanaka?
Milford Sound is with no doubt one of the highlights of every New Zealand itinerary. The Fiordland National Park offers so many unique hikes where you can see how the natural power of water created the rugged landscape by carving out fiords and valleys. At the end of the scenic drive through the national park, a spectacular boat cruise through Milford sound is waiting. How to make the most out of 2 days at Milford Sound and how to avoid the big crowds?