Credit: Clutha NZ
Tours are hosted by our local guide, Barbara Kerr, either as guided walking tours of town, or guided coach tours of town and surrounding attractions.
Guided walking tours
Take an historic guided walk back through time of the Lawrence town centre, with facts provided by our host to inspire your imagination and minds-eye to see what Victorian style Lawrence was like during the gold rush and the decades after. Feel the sense of nostalgia for those bygone days. Learn how Lawrence was the centre of the Tuapeka gold rush, and how the vast quantity of gold mined in this district was the well-spring of Dunedin. Learn about the colourful characters and Patriarchs that built the town and whose families gave the spirit of ingenuity and Victorian inventiveness to its growth. Where new buildings now stand, or empty plots of land stand idle, use your imagination to see what the guide explains was there in the years between 1860 and 1900. This easy walk takes approximately 2 hrs (have comfy walking shoes) and is offered in the evenings only, throughout February and March.
A minimum of two people is required for each walk. Walks commence each Friday at 6-30pm, starting outside the museum, finishing at the Coach & Horses Inn. Pre-booking is essential, call Barbara before 4-30 pm on the day, on 0274088892.
Dedicated Tour Guide for coaches
We offer visiting coach tours an opportunity to enjoy the sites of Lawrence with a dedicated tour guide, who will join your coach by prior arrangement. Sit in the comfort of your coach while the guide directs you around historic places of Lawrence, providing detail to inspire your imagination. What was it like back in the Victorian era in this old gold rush town? Some bus tours could take in places within Lawrence township, others could be bespoke, to include locations such as the Chinese Camp, Lawrence Cemetery, or a trip to, and around Gabriel’s Gully Historic Reserve. All coach tours are offered year-round, by appointment only, to fit in with the requirements and itinerary of the coach tour manager.
Coach guiding charges - $90 per hour to suit your timetable, by arrangement with Barbara. Walking tours - $20 per person.
The walking tour of Lawrence township commences from outside the museum. Coach tour meeting point by arrangement.