What is the Kokoda Track Authority?

The Kokoda Track Authority  (KTA) is a PNG Government 'Special Purpose' body administered by the Minister for Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs.

Unfortunately the employment of officials without any commercial management qualifications or experience has led to poor governance, corruption, and management dysfunction.

This is evident in the fact that they have not published an annual financial report for more than a decade and are now an unaccountable law unto themselves. Money collected for trek permits now circulates among corrupt officials in Port Moresby.

They also issue Kokoda tour companies who do not comply with the PNG Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) Act to obtain additional cash even though they know they are operating illegally.

They also turn a blind eye to tour operators who do not have valid Public Liability Insurance policies.

Trekkers should therefore be aware of the rule of 'Caveat Emptor' i.e., 'Let the Buyer Beware' when selecting a Kokoda tour company to lead them across the Kokoda Trail.

Why Trek with Adventure Kokoda

Our primary goal is to lead you safely across the Kokoda Trail and ensure you have an unforgettable wartime historical and cultural experience.

Charlie has led 101 expeditions across the Kokoda Trail over the past 32 years.

He previously served in the Australian Army for 21 years. During this time he saw active service in Vietnam; was assigned to the joint Australian, New Zealand and British (ANZUK) Force in Singapore/ Malaysia from 1970-72, and as an exchange instructor in Airborne Logistics with the United States Army from 1977-78. He is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College.

Why choose Adventure Kokoda?

See for yourself!

Tackling the Kokoda Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and, whilst there's nothing like actually being there, you can get a feel for what to expect with some of our videos.

Take a closer look now and see why over 7,500 people have trusted us to bring this historical and cultural journey to life, leading them safely across the trail and ensuring they have an unforgettable experience.

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