Tuapeka Goldfields Museum

Uncover the rich history of the Tuapeka District

Open daily from 9.30am - 12.30pm, 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
Modified hours on Public Holidays

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The Tuapeka Goldfields Museum celebrates the early history of Lawrence, New Zealand's original gold rush town.
Discover the inspiring stories of people who changed the course of Aotearoa New Zealand's history, from gold to the National Anthem. 

See for yourself what makes Lawrence so special!

What's On

Events and special exhibitions at the Tuapeka Goldfields Museum. 

Explore the Gold Rush

Experience Lawrence as it was in 1861!

Storymapp is your own personal tour guide to Gabriel's Gully, the Lawrence Chinese Camp, and more! With a self-guided tour, audio, 360° historical recreations, and over 40 photos and articles, you can immerse yourself in the history of this fascinating region.

Explore the rich stories of the Otago gold rush and relive the past with a beautiful hand-illustrated map and an intuitive smartphone guide. Get your copy today at the Tuapeka Goldfields Museum and uncover the secrets of this unique and exciting era.

Storymapp is a joint initiative between Clutha Development, Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board, and the Tuapeka Goldfields Museum.

Grazing to Goldfields

A guided tour of our vibrant agricultural & mining past

The Munro family's legacy is remarkable, with their contributions to both agriculture and gold mining shaping the history of the region. As the first pākēha family to establish roots in the district, their impact was significant.  The Munro's hosted Gabriel Read the night before his famous discovery of gold in the gully that now bears his name.

The Grazing to Goldfields tour weaves together these narratives, offering visitors a glimpse into stories of agriculture and mining in the Tuapeka.  It's our tribute to the pioneering spirit of the Munro family and the collective effort that transformed the region into a hub of prosperity and opportunity.

Saturday 18 May
10.30am - 11.00am
2.00pm - 2.30pm