Waigani Location Profile

Waigani Location Profile
Waigani Location Profile


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Waigani Suburb, or colloquially referred to as Waga, is centrally located between the Tokarara, Ensisi, Gordons and Gerehu suburbs, and sits ideally northwest of downtown Port Moresby and southwest of Jackson’s International Airport. 

As one of the largest and most iconic suburbs in Port Moresby, Waigani is home to several historical landmarks such as the National Parliament, National Museum, the National Library, Port Moresby’s National Arts Theatre, National Archives, Morauta Haus, and the newly refurbished City Hall.

The sharp number of the population living in Waigani can be a pro or a con depending on your experience of the area. But one cannot deny the fact that since 2018’s APEC Summit, Waigani has experienced a boom in infrastructure development, thanks to the likes of: 

  • The Independence Boulevard; 
  • The Convention Center; 
  • Koura Way (connecting both Waigani and Hanuabada via Tokarara and June Valley); and,
  • Keni Vani Road (links Gerehu and Rainbow with 8 and 9 mile); and,
  • The Sir Manasupe Haus (formerly Pineapple Building) 

Key Information

The land in Waigani has been categorized as State land. Its development did not start until 1973 when PNG was granted self-government. At that time, most of the government institutions including the House of Assembly (predecessor to the National Parliament) and the courts were located in Town and Konedobu. 

New buildings were built in Waigani after independence in 1975 which gradually saw the relocation of all government services. Designed and built to resemble a spirit house in the East Sepik Province, the PNG National Parliament was opened on August 8, 1984 by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. 

Over the years successive PNG governments invited members of the diplomatic community to open up missions in Waigani. Today you can find embassies and high commissions representing Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, Republic of Indonesia and the People’s Republic of China in Waigani.

Waigani consists the majority of the PNG Burearucracy with City Hall, Department of the Prime Minister, Finance, Justice and Attorney General, Trade Commerce and Industry and others found here.

However, in recent years we've also seen PNG's largest shopping mall - Vision City come to life, providing a central location for shopping, dining out, watching the lastest movies in cinemas or to dance the night away at the Cosmopolitan Night Club. Just across the road is the Rangeview Plaza which is expected to be completed in 2022 offering an upmarket shopping experience with food outlets, designer brands and residential properties.

There is also a large hospitality industry presence led by the Holiday Inn, Lamana Hotel and Stanley Hotel, with Hilton Hotel just around the corner in the suburb of Hohola.   


Things To Do in Waigani

PNG's largest shopping mall - Vision City came to life within the last decade, providing a central location for shopping, eating out or watching the lastest movie in cinemas. Just across the road is the Rangeview Plaza which is expected to be completed in 2022 offering upmarket shopping, food outlets and residential.

If you are looking for duty free or gifts for family or friends, you can either visit Vision City, The Stanley Hotel, and once a month at the National Museum, you can purchase unique gifts at the Pom City Markets. 


Waigani is a large suburb with various landmarks including the National Parliament House and Sir John Guise Stadium. It is recommended to visit the National Museum just next door to the Parliament House or check into the Sir John Guise Stadium to see one of the local rugby or football games.

Consisting of various hotels, shopping malls and centres, you will never run out of options for food. Vision City Mega Mall is a good place to start with Asian and Western cuisine found here including Hogs Breath Cafe, Korean Garden and Hosi Ramen. 

Outside of Vision City, you will find Lamana Hotel which offers Brazilian, Indian and Italian restaurants all in one place! Just down the road, the Holiday Inn offers succulent T-Bone steaks, or just next door to the Rangeview Plaza is the Savannah Heights Bistro, offering Asian cuisine, breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

Lunch time specials include the famous Buffalo Burger and Meat Haus which offers the best pies in town, or if you're a little more hungry, get a Buffalo Burger. Within the same precinct you can find Big Rooster, Fusion Bistro 2 (Malaysian), and Jean's Delight.

A favourite for many is Heritage Cafe which has a large menu and large servings of Asian dishes.   

Tuesday's are burger days at the Dream Inn restaurent - buy one burger, get one half price, with one of the best cheese burgers in town.  

There are a number of nightclubs in Waigani, though there are some that have a cover charge. The Cosmopolitan at Vision City and the Lamana Gold Club are located in Waigani and are the popular venues to host special performances or events. Other clubs nearby include the Port Moresby Golf Club and The Laguna Hotel which offers a poolside bar great for event hires.

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