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Rich in heritage
Warm in welcome

Lawrence township

(c) Graham Wallace

Nau mai, haere mai - welcome to Lawrence, in the Tuapeka District.


Lawrence was Otago's first gold-rush town.  At the height of the gold fever, its population was 11,500; double that of Dunedin, making it one of the largest communities in the country at the time.

Today, with a population of around 450, Lawrence is a small but bustling community nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Clutha country.  The surrounding Tuapeka area has a population of approx 1,600 and includes smaller townships from Beaumont across to Waitahuna.  

Lawrence sits on State Highway 8, the main route between Dunedin and Queenstown, and with a wonderful collection of cafes and shops is an ideal location to break your journey.

A great place to chill, why not stay for a night or two and really absorb all that is on offer.  Whatever you choose to do, you’ll find friendly local people who are happy to share this hidden jewel in the heart of South Otago.

"Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua” 

As man disappears from sight, the land remains.

Please respect our land and leave only your footprints behind.


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