The Tuapeka Mouth Ferry opened in 1896. This public punt which simply goes with the flow of the river is the last of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It operates daily from 8-10am and 4-6pm.
The mighty Clutha river is the largest by volume in New Zealand and the second longest and also the fastest, so quick it is even on a par with World giants like the Amazon.
At the height of one of the World’s largest ever gold rushes in the early 1860’s the population of Lawrence & Tuapeka was nearly 12 thousand, double that of Dunedin. In the first year alone nearly 500 thousand ounces of gold was exported.
There are only two sets of traffic lights in Clutha with one at Kaitangata’s banana bridge to Inch Clutha and the other at the Beaumont Bridge.
Lawrence is home to the one of the most significant Chinese historic sites in the country where a camp was built to house the migrant miners.
You can walk out across white sand at low tide to stunning Moturata Island off Taieri Mouth but it can be dangerous with fast rising tides.
Lawrence is believed to be the birthplace of the very first bike in New Zealand built by a blacksmith way back in 1894.
Purakaunui Falls near Owaka are some of the most photographed waterfalls in the World and have even featured on a postage stamp.
Lake Waihola is the most inland tidal lake in the country and is surrounded by wetlands of international importance.
Lawrence is where the music for New Zealand’s National Anthem was composed. The place is now aptly called Anthem House.
Clutha gets less rainfall than Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland.
The Gold Barons in the 1860’s used Lake Waihola as a shortcut to get to the goldfields. They travelled on a paddle steamer called "the Betsy Douglas".
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