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One of the world’s largest and fastest ever gold rushes swept through Lawrence in the 1860s making it the true gateway to Central Otago(the first big nugget was found at nearby Gabriels Gully).

Gold fever turned the settlement into one of the country’s largest communities with at one stage double the population of Dunedin.

The Chinese Gold Camp built for migrant miners is one of the most important historic sites of its kind in New Zealand.

The town boasts a wide range of heritage buildings including a museum, wonderful walks and the ever so pretty Bellview Wetlands.

Quirky shops, a vibrant café culture, good accommodation and great characters are all part of this community’s charm.

Lawrence was also where the tune for the national anthem was composed, oh and the country's first bicycle was built which is rather fitting (what with the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail going through town).

For more:

www.lawrence.nz

or

www.facebook.com/lawrenceotagonz/

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