From a travel perspective Wewak is mainly important as an access point for visits to the Sepik River. During World War II, it was the site of a large Japanese airbase and the location of formal Japanese surrender to Allied forces on New Guinea.
Get in edit
By plane edit
By road edit
It should be possible to reach Wewak from Papua (Irian Jaya) in the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea. From Jayapura by road to Vanimo in Sandaun province takes around 3 hours. Public transport services are available on both sides of the border. There are then road connections to Wewak. During flood season some of the river crossings may be impassable.
By Sea edit
Lutheran Shipping and Rabaul Shipping run passenger vessels from Madang to Wewak and Madang to Vanimo via Wewak a few times a week. Schedules can change so be prepared to wait a few days for a ship. Tickets can be purchased at the local Madang offices.
Get around edit
Wewak has a considerable number of relics from WW2 and, in particular, attracts many Japanese visitors.
- Cape Wom. This is a war memorial and peace park located on the spot where Lieutenant General Adachi signed the official surrender documents for troops in New Guinea, on September 13, 1945. Behind the memorial, there are some Japanese tunnels that are still open.
- In Wewak Boutique Hotel (on Wewak Hill), ☏ . K215-500 per room.
The Telephone Prefix for all numbers in Wewak (and also other urban centres) has changed. In Wewak it is now 4 instead of 8.