LAWRENCE: GATEWAY to the GOLDFIELDS
Lawrence was Otago's first gold-rush town, in the Tuapeka District, it was originally named The Junction, and then later renamed after the British war hero who defended Lucknow during the 1857 Indian Mutiny.
At the height of the gold fever, it's population was 11,500; double that of Dunedin, making it one of the largest communities in the country. It is hard to believe that now with a current population of only 550,
Where are we?
Situated 92km south-west of Dunedin on State Highway 8, nestled in the rolling hills of Clutha Country, Lawrence is an ideal place to stop for coffee, lunch and to stretch your legs, or use the free internet access and free international phone service at the Information Centre; explore and stay at a number of quality and historical accommodation facilities ranging from motels to bed and breakfast and camping grounds.