Wewak, Papua New Guinea
Wewak is the capital of the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea. It is located on the northern coast of the island of New Guinea. It is the largest town between Madang and Jayapura. The old centre of the town is situated on a small peninsula, with the rest of the urban area occupying a narrow band of flat land between the ocean and the coastal range of mountains that emerges a short distance inland.
Wewak is known as the gateway to the Sepik River region. It is linked by road to three villages on the Sepik River: Angoram, Timbunke, and Pagui, though the roads are not always in good condition.
Not far from Wewak is Cape Wom, the site of the Japanese surrender. A war memorial marks the site and the wartime airstrip is still in place. Another memorial in town has been erected at the site of the Japanese war graves and nearby is the Japanese/PNG Peace Park.
Things to See and Do
* Arts and Crafts
* WW2 relics
* Town Market
* Cape Wom
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
Language – English, Tok Pisin, Kairiru, Boikin
Population – 27,000 approx.
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 675
Port Location – The port is located at Wewak in East Sepik province.
Transport Links – The Wewak International airport is located to the east of the town center. Twice daily Air Niugini flights from Port Moresby, some direct and some via Madang. Smaller airlines connect Wewak with Madang, Vanimo, and Mt Hagen. MAF flies out to the smaller airstrips within the province itself.
Rough road into Wewak from Aitape. (No other road connections from other provinces).
Fortnightly shipping services out of Lae and Madang do carry passengers through to Wewak.