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Although not technically on the Southern Scenic Route, the historic gold-mining township of Lawrence is a pleasant 25 minutes drive off State Highway 1. The turn off to Lawrence is approximately 5km south of Milton.

The historic township of Lawrence in the Tuapeka district has an atmosphere that preserves the past, works on the present and looks to the future. With a population of approximately 550, it is hard to believe that Lawrence once supported more than 10,000 people during the days of the goldrush, when gold was discovered on the Tuapeka River in May 1861 by Thomas Gabriel Read, at what is now known as Gabriel's Gully.

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  • Lawrence Information Centre

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