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Overlooking Papua New Guinea's Huon Gulf, the city of Lae is the island's second largest with a population of 120,000. Found in the province of Morobe, it is viewed by many as a centre of industry for the country. This gold rush town was established in the inter-war years. Soon after a cargo port was created that is the island's largest today.
The city found global fame in July 1937 when aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew from Nadzab airstrip on what was to be her last flight. She was never heard of again. While she may be gone, the people of this friendly city have not forgotten her as there is a memorial to her in the city centre worth seeing during your trip.
Lae makes an ideal base for travel while exploring Papua New Guinea. Public transportation can be restricting as can organised coach tours, so many visitors to this beautiful island prefer to use a car hire service. Within the city of Lae are car hire depots. To book a vehicle the suppliers will require; credit card, passport and driving license. Visitors from the UK should provide both parts: your photo card and paper counterpart. Pre-book your rental online with us and browse through a larger selection of cars from over forty different car hire suppliers, and save time wondering the streets of Lae in search of depots. Save on airport transfers and arrange to collect and drop-off your vehicle at the airport. Nadzab Airport is located only half and hour's drive north west of the city of Lae.
With its location at the start of the Highlands Highway, Lae provides access to many of Papua New Guinea's most beautiful locations. Provinces accessed by the highway include: Madang, Simbu Province, the East Highlands Province, West Islands Province, Enga and Southern Islands Province. Throughout your journey, you will be treated to panoramic views of the island's stunning scenery which includes lush green valleys, waterfalls and high volcanic peaks.