Goldfields Museum at Lawrence - FURTHER INFORMATION
Goldfields Museum at Lawrence - Central Otago visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Goldfields Museum at Lawrence' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
The Tuapeka Goldfields Museum shows some of the history and artifacts from this time, as well as explaining some of the prospecting and mining methods used. It is housed in the Visitor Information Centre on the high street. Lawrence became established as the first gold rush town in Otago on the South Island of New Zealand during the 1860's when gold was first discovered in Gabriel's Gully nearby. The town swelled to accommodate over 11,000 people, more than the population of Dunedin at the time. There was a large Chinese population here at that time, and a Chinese Camp can still be found nearby.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Lawrence is on the main route 8 Highway, 92km from Dunedin and 35 kilometres northwest of Milton. Further north are Beaumont (20km) and Alexandra (100km).