One of the World’s largest and fastest ever gold rushes swept through Lawrence and the surrounding area in the 1860’s and you can still get a real sense of the rich history today.
This itinerary could be done in one day or spread out over a few days combining with the Clutha Gold Cycling and Walking Trail.
Start or end with a trip on our fantastic free ferry, the Tuapeka Punt which crosses New Zealand’s mightiest Clutha River every morning and afternoon running between 8-10am and 4-6pm. It dates back to the 1890’s and is the only one of its kind left in the Southern Hemisphere.
Take the cross country route to Lawrence via Tuapeka or take the river route up to Beaumont and on to Lawrence hugging the amazing turquoise blue hue of the country’s most impressive waterway.
Once you get to lovely Lawrence saunter round the historic town with its Victorian gems like Anthem House where you guessed it the music for New Zealand's national anthem was composed.
Pop into the museum for a taste of the good old days before strolling to the very pretty Bellview wetlands in the heart of town.
Just down the road is Gabriel’s Gully named after the guy who found the first really big golden nugget in 1861. It’s a lovely walk with panels along the way telling the story.
A longer stroll from the town centre or quick drive gets you to the Chinese Gold Miners Camp which is one of the most important sites of its kind in the whole country. And yes you can also pan for gold around the town.
If you are in the area on a Spring weekend then you could check out the dazzling delightful daffodil display in the ruins of the Weatherstons Brewery on Waipori Road.
Perhaps the best way to truly soak up that heritage of early New Zealand is to get out and about on the Clutha Gold Cycle and Walking Trail.
Follow in the steps of Maori moa hunters, Chinese gold miners and pioneer settlers who have all made this stunning valley their home. It is set to get even bigger and better, with the route being extended all the way south to Lake Waihola!
The Clutha Gold Cycling & Walking Trail already links with the Roxburgh Gorge Trail.
A jet boat ride links the two trails and this is the only one of New Zealand’s great rides to have a wonderful on the water experience! Check the Beaumont Jet website