Our Story

The Kokoda Tour Operators Association represents the bona fide Kokoda tour operators who lead, guide and operate tour activities along and on the Kokoda Trail and the northern beaches, battle areas in Papua New Guinea.

The Kokoda Tour Operators Association has been formed to fully and appropriately represents the Kokoda Tour Operators with the collective desire to see real, short and long term benefits to the Kokoda Track communities, landowners, Porters, Guides, Carriers and PNG stakeholders.

It is the desire of the Association members to be able to contribute positively and effectively to the “Track” communities.

With greater consultation from the association members using our collective experience, observations and knowledge we will be able to effectively assist in implementing practical benefits to all track communities, landowners and stakeholders.

Our members agree that the long-term physical protection of the Kokoda Trail, its, fauna, flora, waterways, corridors and surrounding areas is paramount.

Our members are committed to the historical and military values of the Kokoda Trail Campaign and encourage the ongoing respect and education of this significant military heritage shared by Papua New Guinea and Australia.

All of our members operate their treks to professional trekking guidelines that exceed the industry standard.

This superior level of the association members operation ensures the protection, safety, and overall experience of our trekkers is world class.

All members of the association hold a Kokoda Track Authority Commercial Operations Licence and comply with the Industry driven Kokoda Track Code of Conduct.

Members of the association collectively represent more than 73.59 % of trekker numbers across Kokoda in 2018.

The association’s four founding principles are






Based on Kokoda Track Authority figures of 3561 trekkers for 2017

Estimated total contributions of all Kokoda operators K11, 234,400 for 2017 

Estimated KTOA Contributions K8,072,410 for 2017

Breakdown Of Estimated Contribution By KTOA on Kokoda In 2017

KTA permit fees were averaged out at K320 as some operators claimed 50% discount on School Student treks.

Porter/Guides wages based on base pay of K650 + K220 walk back pay.

Camp site fees based on K20 per trekker and K5 for Porters/Guides x 8 nights.

Porter numbers based on a minimum of 1.5 porters per trekker.

Breakdown Of Estimated Contribution By KTOA on Kokoda In 2018