About Lawrence

Lawrence is a small village nestled in the Clutha Valley of Central Otago, New Zealand. Here, you’ll be able to experience the small town spirit and gold-mining history of the Otago area.

In 1861 Tasmanian geologist, Gabriel Reid, discovered gleaming nuggets of gold near Lawrence in what is now known as Gabriel’s Gulley. This astonishing discovery began the Otago Gold Rush, one of the world's richest quests for gold. Lawrence became a booming gold-mining town which at one point was home to 10,000 people.

Lawrence is also the home of New Zealand’s national anthem, when local school teacher, John Woods, created the score to a Thomas Bracken poem to compose “God Defend New Zealand” in 1876.

Lawrence is located just an hour from Alexandra or Dunedin City and forty minutes from Dunedin Airport; now with a population of 550 people. Its unique history is still alive today, and when you visit Lawrence you’ll be able to enjoy the heritage, culture, arts and events of this unique Otago locale as well as plenty of walks and the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail.

Things to do in Lawrence:

  • Gabriel's Gully and Blue Spur heritage gold fields
  • Clutha Gold Trail starts/ends at Lawrence, plus road link (unpaved) to Otago Central Rail Trail at Middlemarch
  • Several walking and cycle tracks around the district
  • Bellview Lochs wetland reserve
  • Historic churches, public buildings and Anthem House
  • Tuapeka Museum and Vintage Transport Museum
  • Black Horse Brewery with 5 million daffodils in spring
  • Excellent cafes and speciality shops
  • Supermarket, butchery and famous ice cream shop
  • Events include market days, SteamPunk, Dafffodil Dayze, Summer Art festival, garden tours, trail bike rally and more - visit www.lawrence.co.nz

Colonsay Street

Lawrence, South Island, NZ

Email: info@ltha.co.nz