Soak up the district’s heritage in idyllic Lawrence.
Stroll the streets and transport yourself back to the gold rush era. Boutique shops, quirky cafes, Victorian and Edwardian buildings, and an iconic museum line the town’s main street. Once home to one of the world’s largest gold rushes, Lawrence also boasted one of New Zealand’s largest communities with a population double the size of Dunedin (around 250,000!).
The beautiful Bellview Wetlands Reserve is a two-minute walk from the main street and offers scenic walking tracks surrounded by native bush and birdlife. Wander along the river's edge and ponder your next destination in Clutha. For the more active relaxers, Lawrence and Waitahuna both have 9-hole golf courses only a short drive from town.
Every year, Lawrence welcomes visitors to enjoy the delightful daffodil display. Thanks to the hard work of the local community, the Weatherston’s Brewery site comes alive (quite literally!) every spring with a delightful floral display set across its 25 acres.
Every town is not without its famous residents and Lawrence is no different. A local schoolteacher in 1876 became the composer of the music for our country’s national anthem. He is buried in the town’s hilltop cemetery, which has become notable for its varied gravesites showcasing the town's diverse residents including elaborate Victorian ironwork, Celtic crosses, and a section for its former Chinese gold mining residents.
Book a stay in Lawrence once you’ve finished the Clutha Gold Cycle and Walking Trail. Embracing Otago’s rich heritage and stunning scenery, the easy grade trail covers 73-kilometres and takes two to four days to complete. From March 2023, a new trail extension will be opened allowing an additional 136-kilometre ride to Lake Waihola.
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To learn more, visit the town's website https://www.lawrence.nz/