The Garden"The Ark" a delightful Bed and Breakfast accommodation set in a wonderful 1890's homestead in the historic Otago gold mining town of Lawrence, New Zealand. I invite you to join us, your host Frieda Betman for a relaxing break in a comfortable and charming setting.
The Ark has a cottage/florist garden with shrubs, trees and perennials. It is open to the public and its most colourful time is from November through to Autumn. A small selection of quality plants are available for sale. View Map
The GardenerIn 1984 when we first purchased the Ark there was plenty of work involved in restoring it and planting out the wonderful gardens. Freida who takes care of the garden is a retired florist, and past president of Interflora. We are originally from Hengelo in Holland and we speak fluent Dutch and a little German. We enjoy meeting people from all over the world who come to Central Otago to enjoy this unique region of New Zealand.
Lawrence is most well known for the fact that Gabriel Read discovered gold here in 1861.
Lawrence's many attractions include:
Goldfields Museum - open daily
Nine Hole Golf Course
Domain Monument - walk up behind the town centre
Gabriel's Gully - picnic area and walking tracks
Barbeque areas and covered swimming pool
Cafes and Restaurants
Sunday Markets in Summer
Close to Dunedin & Queenstown airports
Daffodil dayze gala at Simpson and Hart Brewery site, in Wetherstons, (1 km away.)
Starts September going through till the end of flowering. More info available at the local information centre.