WHO WE ARE
Mel and Colin Foster are delighted to welcome you to Lawrence.
Mel is originally from Christchurch and Colin is a little further from his home in Ayrshire, Scotland. They moved to Lawrence in 2015 looking for a change in lifestyle and have been immersing themselves in the beauty of the region and all it has to offer ever since.
Mel and Colin keep themselves busy in the mornings with their other business - owning one of the local Rural Post rounds. Mel is also the National Coordinator at Century Farms, a fantastic local organisation which recognises families that have been in the same blood for over 100 years and Colin is an IT Consultant specialising in website and software development.
For something completely different, they have recently gone into partnership with another Lawrence couple and purchased a run-down retail shop on the main street. This is slowly being brought back to its former glory with one side already open as a fantastic chocolate shop/patisserie which is very popular with the locals!
Widely travelled, Mel and Colin appreciate the importance of having a clean, comfortable and warm place to stay. They are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to their unique cottage accommodation in the heart of Lawrence.
We hope you take some time to explore our diverse region and soak up the history of Otago’s first gold-rush town. You won't be disappointed!
At the height of the gold fever, the Lawrence population swelled to over 11,500 which was double that of Dunedin, making it one of the largest communities in the country.
These days life is much more relaxed in Lawrence. With a small, friendly population of around 470 residents, it has so much to offer.
Take some time to explore the history of our town with the beautiful old architecture and information boards scattered around the town or visit the town's museum.
Meet the locals in the great selection of giftware/antique shops or relax in the cafes and restaurants. Try your luck for some gold in the river at Gabriel’s Gully (gold pans are available to hire from the Information Centre), or perhaps a round of golf at the stunning 9 hole golfcourse. A scenic 30 minute drive over Waipori will also take you to beautiful Lake Mahinerangi for a spot of fishing.
On a beautiful day, a walk through historic Gabriel’s Gully or a
bike/ walk up the Clutha Gold Trail is hard to beat. The trail is only
a few minutes bike ride from our door and offers a unique heritage experience set within diverse and stunning landscapes. It is an
easy grade trail that is full of variety, from undulating to flat to meandering.
Lawrence is the perfect base - drive west for an hour or so through incredible Central Otago scenery to Alexandra and pick up some fresh fruit from the orchards along the way. Drive south the same distance and you reach the spectacular Catlins National Park and the rugged southern coastline. Venture east and get your city fix with a day wandering around Dunedin, then drive out to its beautiful peninsula to see penguins and albatross.
Whatever you choose to do, you will find friendly people who are happy to help and share this beautiful part of New Zealand.