Trips, Tours and Events around Lawrence
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Lawrence Heritage Walking Trail
The Trail, which starts at the Information Centre and Museum, takes you around someof the historic sites within Lawrence and its outer boundaries, including Gabriels Gully, the Cemetery and Weatherstons. A series of numbered signs and sites give you a fascinating insight into the history of some of the town's buildings and early industries.
Gabriels Gully Interpretative Track is an easy to moderate 80 minute walk. The walk takes you through the area where the first gold was discovered back in 1861. This sparked one of the world’s largest gold rushes. To get to the start of the track, follow the Gabriels Gully Road off the main street of Lawrence.
Walking Tracks (download pdf)
Munro's Gully Track - Munro’s Gully Track is just off Victoria Road at Milburn Pond. This moderate walk is a 2 hour return trip. You will go through broom and native bush, and over the stream several times before you come out in to the open. Pass through pines and cross the road turning right past Cornishman’s Dam. Head back up Victoria Road for 2km to Victoria Dam car park.
Otago Dam Track - Otago Dam Track is a moderate 3 hour return walk which starts at Grey's Dam. Follow a stream through silver beech forest with a number of crossings until you reach open country with fantastic views down the valley. Once you reach the dam just follow the track back.
Weatherston's Track - To get to Weatherstons Track, follow the signs and go over the hill onto the clay road down to a ford, which is a popular place for gold panning. It is 1 hour one way.
The Lawrence Cemetery
Dating back to the 1860s, it's well worth a private visit or a guided tour. Lawrence is also where a local school teacher penned the words for New Zealand’s national anthem in 1876. He is buried in the town’s hilltop cemetery which is noted for its elaborate Victorian ironwork, Celtic crosses and Chinese section. Tours of the cemetery are available on request.
The Lawrence Chinese Camp
Established during the Otago goldrush in the 1860’s, with an influx of Chinese miners and traders hoping to find prosperity. At its peak in the late 1880’s the camp was home to 120 residents. The Lawrence Chinese camp is ideally located for those cycling the Clutha Gold Trail and is only 1km from Lawrence, read more
The Tuapeka Mouth Ferry
The Punt at Tuapeka Mouth is the only one its kind left in the Southern Hemisphere. The ferry is located between the towns of Balclutha and Lawrence. The iconic Tuapeka Mouth Ferry is on of New Zealand’s national treasurers being the last current-driven public ferry (Punt) operating in the Southern Hemisphere. It started service in 1896 and has operated for over 115 years.
The ferry carries vehicles (including camper vans) cyclists and passengers across the mighty Clutha River near Tuapeka Mouth. It operates by the strong flow of the mighty Clutha River, Tuapeka Mouth was an inland port for paddle steamer boats up until 1939. It remains to be vital for local farmers in the area. Foot passengers are welcome.
This popular free public punt runs daily between 8 to 10 am and 4 to 6 pm dependent on the river level. Weekend arrangements are made by phoning 03 515-9064.
The Clutha Gold Trail (bike and walking track)
Open all year round, this 73 km easy-grade trail passes through four settlements along the way - Roxburgh, Millers Flat, Beaumont and Lawrence - and can take between two and four days to complete. Read more The Lawrence to Milton section will be open by the end of 2022, officially opened in March 2023. There are many short trails close to Lawrence already operational. For bike transfers to and from the town, plus local bike hire, contact Lawrence Bike Transfers by email at email@example.com
Historic Lawrence Golf Club
Enjoy a game of golf on one of NZ's oldest (1894) and most historic courses! For only $15, visitors can play either 9 or 18 holes. Visit their website to view details here
Lindy Chinnery Handwoven Designs
Visit the professional weaving studio in the Lawrence Athenaeum (main street) to view Lindy's latest collection or simply to watch the weaving process unfold. More information here
Tuapeka Goldfields Museum
Situated in the main street and highlighting the lives of the early settlers, the Museum is well worth a visit with a donation entry fee.
There is one café, a bakery and a pub in the main street, all worth a visit. Guests can also pre-book a meal to be delivered to the Pickled Pigeon.
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NZ Agency Tours offers several tours of interest to our guests, in particular The Lawrence Heritage Day Tour and The Catlins Wilderness Day Tour. Your tour guides, Oli and Ann have years of experience as tour guides, specialising in wilderness and wildlife discovery amongst many other skills and are happy to tailor make a tour to suit.
NZ Agency Tours also provides bus charters for special events, weddings, private school and student groups around the Clutha Area and beyond. Learn more