New Britain is the largest island of the Bismarck Archipelago and supports many seldom seen endemics for which we will be searching. Situated between the Bismarck and Solomon Seas, this narrow mountainous island is over six hundred kilometers long, but only eighty kilometers at its widest.  The rich, exploited volcanic soils of the eastern portion of the island present a striking contrast to the western portion, where Western influences began mostly in the Second World War.

We begin our exploration of the area by embarking on an afternoon boat trip into Kimbe Bay and the open ocean, stopping off at some small islands in search of species such as Spot-breasted Cuckoo-Dove, Floury Imperial Pigeon, Beach Kingfisher, Island Monarch, Golden Whistler, (Bismarck) Black and Scarlet-bibbed (Sclater’s) Myzomelas and the beautiful Nicobar Pigeon. Over the next two days, we will then bird various sites around West New Britain including Pokili Wildlife Management Area, Garu Ridge and the Kulu River. These are key areas for many of the birds that are either endemic to New Britain or the Bismarck Archipelago.  A healthy proportion of these birds are sought-after species with extremely limited ranges. We will also visit a vast colony of Melanesian Megapodes that number thousands of individuals, and we should see good numbers of these awkward birds as they flush from the ground and clamber in the trees around us.

This short yet exciting extension to our Papua New Guinea birding adventures offers several rare and endemic bird species to be found nowhere else on our planet.

Top Birds

Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Nicobar Pigeon, Black Honey Buzzard, New Britain Sparrowhawk, Melanesian Megapode, Knob-billed Fruit Dove, Finsch's Imperial Pigeon, Song Parrot, Violaceous & White-necked Coucal, New Britain Boobook, Black-capped Paradise Kingfisher, Beach & White-mantled Kingfisher, Sclater's Myzomela, White-backed Woodswallow, Black-tailed Monarch, Long-tailed Myna, Red-banded Flowerpecker & Buff-bellied Mannikin

Habitats Covered

lowland rainforest, grasslands, islets

Expected Climate

hot and humid with tropical showers

Max Group Size

10 with 2 Rockjumper leaders / 8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate pace

Accommodation

comfortable resort

Ease of Birding

moderate, can be challenging at times

Number of Species Expected

+-75

Other Attractions

coral reef snorkeling

Photographic Opportunities

good

What our clients say about us

Stephan Lorenz
CG & CP - Papua New Guinea 2019

Stephan is a top notch guide. Great eyes, ears & local knowledge found us all the specials. A healthy dose of patience also ensured we all got onto the birds (those that hung around!)

Stephan Lorenz
JC - PNG 2022

The tour was excellent overall. The main guide, Stephan Lorentz, was really top class. His knowledge of the birds and calls and the fine id details was exceptional and his field skills were awesome, outdoing the local guides at times. And he is extremely personable and friendly. The local guides were also excellent and provided an exceptionally high level of field skill and support, and great enthusiasm in getting pax onto the more challenging birds. And physical support also, including even helping some of the pax on slippery slopes and cutting stairs on river landings at times!! The landed arrangements were generally slick and the accommodation of good quality. Overall it was an exceptional and really memorable tour with superb birds and birding, much or most of which would not have been possible without the Rockjumper team, slick tour planning and arrangements, Stephan and the local guides.

Dušan Brinkhuizen
RL & CL - Papua New Guinea

We thought the birding went very well. Both Dusan and Stephan were great guides - very knowledgeable, very dedicated, quite determined to get everyone onto pretty much everything, and they combined very well. And, they both tried very hard to help all the participants who needed it, whether it was locating a bird, getting up a steep section or getting in or out of the boats. They did an admirable job.

Glen Valentine
AH, Papua New Guinea 2018

Glen Valentine was excellent, seeing and hearing most of the target birds, despite a very chatty, enthusiastic group that must have been very challenging at times.

Adam Walleyn
JH - Papua New Guinea 2019

Adam Walleyn knew the birds and the calls and worked hard to make sure we saw not only the specialties of the area but all the birds. His nightbirding skills were phenomenal. It is like he knew exactly where the bird was going to show.

Papua New Guinea - New Britain III 2024

29 Aug 2024 - 02 Sep 2024 (5 days)

USD2,595 - 1 Space Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

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Tour Leader: Stephan Lorenz

Tour price (Per person): USD2,595 * GBP2,044 * EUR2,403 * AUD3,924

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP260 * EUR306 * AUD499

Flight costs: USD480 * GBP378 * EUR444 * AUD726

Papua New Guinea - New Britain I 2025

26 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 (5 days)

USD2,695 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

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Tour Leader: Paul Varney

Tour price (Per person): USD2,695 * GBP2,122 * EUR2,495 * AUD4,075

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP260 * EUR306 * AUD499

Flight costs: USD330 * GBP260 * EUR306 * AUD499

Papua New Guinea - New Britain II 2025

14 Jul 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 (5 days)

USD2,695 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Amanda Guercio

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Tour Leader: Lev Frid

Tour price (Per person): USD2,695 * GBP2,122 * EUR2,495 * AUD4,075

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP260 * EUR306 * AUD499

Flight costs: USD330 * GBP260 * EUR306 * AUD499

Papua New Guinea - New Britain III 2025

16 Aug 2025 - 20 Aug 2025 (5 days)

USD2,695 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

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Tour Leader: Robert Williams

Tour price (Per person): USD2,695 * GBP2,122 * EUR2,495 * AUD4,075

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP260 * EUR306 * AUD499

Flight costs: USD330 * GBP260 * EUR306 * AUD499

Papua New Guinea - New Britain I 2026

25 Jun 2026 - 29 Jun 2026 (5 days)

USD2,800 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Carlos Bocos

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Tour Leader: Lev Frid

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD2,800 * GBP2,205 * EUR2,592 * AUD4,234

Papua New Guinea - New Britain II 2026

21 Jul 2026 - 25 Jul 2026 (5 days)

USD2,800 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

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Tour Leader: Paul Varney

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD2,800 * GBP2,205 * EUR2,592 * AUD4,234

Papua New Guinea - New Britain III 2026

12 Sep 2026 - 16 Sep 2026 (5 days)

USD2,800 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Adam Walleyn

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD2,800 * GBP2,205 * EUR2,592 * AUD4,234

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