One of The World’s largest and fastest gold rushes swept through the town of Lawrence in the 1860's, 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 New Zealand’s largest communities with Lawrence being double the population of Dunedin at one point.
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 attractions from heritage buildings, the museum, wonderful walks and the Bellview Wetlands.
Quirky shops, a vibrant café culture, good accommodation and great characters are all part of this community’s charm.
Lawrence was where the tune for New Zealand's national anthem was composed. The country's first bicycle was also built in this town which is rather fitting with the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail going through the town.
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