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 417
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.
Clutha Gold Cycling and Walking Trail.
A new addition to Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It starts from beautiful, historic Lawrence, travelling through lush green rolling farmland, into the stunning Beaumont Gorge. Here it follows the mighty Clutha Mata-au River through to Commissioner Flat just below the Roxburgh Hydro Dam. The trail follows a mix of old railway line and equally old roads first travelled by Maori and some very hardy early settlers to the district. You will experience diverse landscapes, distinct seasons, contrasting colours and genuinely friendly communities. The distance is 76km and can be comfortably completed in 2-4 days.
A link can be made, at the Roxburgh Dam end, to the Roxburgh Gorge Trail. This travels some 34km (including a river crossing by water taxi) into Alexandra where a connection can be made to the Otago Central Rail Trail.
The Twin Trails were officially opened 24 October 2013 in a joint opening ceremony , at Commissioners Flat, by the Prime Minster and MP for Clutha/Southland the Hon Bill English.
Photos of the Clutha Gold Trail were kindly supplied by Jonathan Kennett - Classic New Zealand Cycle Trails.