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When gold was discovered near Lawrence in 1861 the population grew quickly, bringing rapid development to the area. The legacy of the Otago gold rush and the colonial architecture has made Lawrence and its surrounding areas famous. You can learn more about the region by taking any of the three self-guided walks available. For maps and more information, visit the Tuapeka Goldfields Museum & Visitor Centre.

Lawrence Districts Heritage Trail

Gain fascinating insight into the history of the town's buidlings and early industries as you tour the town. View twenty historic buildings, including four designed by R.A Lawson, the architect of some of New Zealand's finest buildings. Trail begins at the Tuapeka Goldfields Museum & Visitor Centre.

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Historic Buildings of Lawrence & Bollard Trail

Take a stroll along Ross Place and experience the perfect blend of history and shopping. Explore the numerous historic shops that are adorned with plaques commemorating their past. Here you will also find colourful bollards that depict notable characters and early settlers to the town.

Waitahuna Heritage Trail

Located 10 minutes south of Lawrence the small hamlet of Waitahuna was once a thriving gold mining town. The Waitahuna Trail celebrates the discovery of gold and how the foundations laid by early farmers have endured to support the Lawrence and Waitahuna communities of today. Trail begins at the Waitahuna Memorial Hall.

Historic Self Guided Walking Tours

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