The Ark


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 Gardener

In 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.


Garden Details

8 Harrington Place, "The Ark" is situated on the main road in an avenue of poplar trees as you enter Lawrence. Check web site for a map.
64 3 485 9328
Contact Person
Freida Betman
Open from November till April. Large groups by appointment.
Garden Size
.5 of an acrea.
$5 per person.
Brochure Available?
On street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food Available
Afternoon/morning tea by arrangement. $5 per person.
Yes we have areas around the garden to sit.
Wheelchair Access
No as the garden is slightly sloping, however there are some flat areas at the back of the house.
Dogs Allowed
No dogs please, can you leave them in the car.
Children Allowed
The Ark is a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) and Homestay accommodation with character and charm. We have 4 rooms available - 2 double rooms, one single room and one child's room.
By arrangement.
Plants/Other Sales
A small selection of quality plants are available for sale.
Guided Tours
Yes I love to walk around with my visitors. I am happy to take visitors around some of our other attractions of Lawrence.
Other Facilities
This wonderful 1890's homestead in the historic Otago gold mining town of Lawrence has a remarkable history and is a fine example of a building by F. A. Miller one of Lawrence’s first builders. Mr Miller was the builder of many character homes still standing in Lawrence.

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
Historical Buildings.

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.