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A makeshift bridge over the swift-flowing Kumusi River at Wairopi on the northern section of the Kokoda Track

Wairopi (English: Wire Rope Bridge) is a village along the Kumusi River, in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. The village lies along the Kokoda Track.


During the retreat of the ill fated Imperial Japanese campaign along the Kokoda Track during the Second World War, Japanese Major General Tomitaro Horii drowned while attempting to cross the Kumusi River at Wairopi, after the battle of Oivi-Gorari.[1][2]


  1. ^ Brune 2004, p. 419
  2. ^ Lindsay 2002, p. 122


  • Brune, Peter (2004). "A Bastard of a Place". Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-74114-403-5. 
  • Lindsay, Patrick (2002). "The Spirit of Kokoda: Then and Now". Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 1-74066-075-7.