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Inland Otago side roads exploration


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Historic pub in Chinese Mining Precinct, Lawrence, Joss House in background Historic pub in Chinese Mining Precinct, Lawrence, Joss House in background

The centre of the universe for gold mining fever in the mid-nineteenth century is now a backwater town with a wealth of history to explore, beautiful rolling hills and a chance to relax, revive and find the slow lane.



  • Tuapeka Lawrence Museum with its dredging equipment, stamping machinery, a plethora of contraptions from early bikes to sewing machines is rabbit warren in a former mining office. There are discoveries to be made in every hallway. The museum is definitely old fashioned yet intriguing and definitely, a must-go destination for heritage buffs
  • Walks around town, finding plaques describing the heyday of Lawrence and the buildings left behind
  • Weatherston’s Daffodil open days (September) with flowers carpeting 25 acres. A perfect picnic spot for day-trippers from Dunedin.
  • Munro Gully walking trail explore beech forests and observe mining relics from water races to historic dams
  • Chinese mining precinct with its heritage buildings, Joss House, and evocative setting
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