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Dudley's Cottage

4 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-409 8162
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“scones” (9 reviews)
“dumplings” (7 reviews)
“gold panning” (7 reviews)
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New Zealand, Cafe
4 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

Interesting old cottage and gardens restored to give an idea of what life and times were like in the gold mining days.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Rob H
Reviewed 25 May 2018

we just drop by. this place scone was so amazing. I never had this kind of scone. and so comfortable place.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Egge11
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped to have our kids gold pan. They loved it and really appreciated getting a souvenir from the instruction. We also went on to try our luck in the river. Didn’t really “pan” out but we had fun. Also had a cup of coffee...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank 61jamesn
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Dudley's Cottage is a quaint cottage next to the Chinese settlement. There are tables on the grass and it is dog friendly. I can recommend the date scones which were delicious and the coffee was excellent. We also ordered some salad rolls which come with...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Benaroon
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Lovely coffee spot sitting out in the sun under the autumn gold of the trees. Try the cakes and savouries too you wont be disappointed. Service is swift and friendly. Perhaps you'd like to try your hand at gold panning? Have a quick lesson here...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Allgoodthyngs
KiwiEm01, Director of Sales at Dudley's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thank you for your lovely review Allgoodthyngs! We are glad you enjoyed our cakes and savouries, made fresh onsite every day. Fantastic you had success down at the river panning for gold! Hope to see you back again one day.

Reviewed 25 January 2018

Friendly welcoming staff make excellent coffee. And the baking exceptional, especially the Afghans. Delicious!

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank suehlawrence
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

This review is about the cafe and not the shop (see separate review) at Dudley's Cottage. My wife and I needed a cold drink after walking in the heat around the historic Chinese gold mining settlement. We saw the outdoor seating with marquees and sun...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Gavin H
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this beautiful cottage, by pure chance, at the western end of the Main Street in Arrowtown. On a sunny day, we sat outside at a table under the trees, and enjoyed whitebait patties, scrumptious date scones and coffees for lunch. Prompt, and...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank NannaA53
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

We stopped by for a toasted sandwich and coffee ... what a great little find. The staff are so helpful and very informative. We were so impressed we returned for lunch ... another 10/10 experience. Highly recommended ... especially the date scones with jam and...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 8 November 2017

A small gift shop at the entrance to the old Chinese village but not a lot to offer the passing tourist that they won’t have seen elsewhere.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank kishere t
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$14
New Zealand, Cafe
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Arrowtown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-409 8162
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Relax in the beautiful gardens surrounding historic Dudley's Cottage in Arrowtown just 15 minutes drive from Queenstown, enjoying a coffee while the kids try their hand at gold panning. Or have a go finding your fortune yourself! Dudley's Cottage (c.1880) Is situated next to the Chinese Village and Butlers Green in Arrowtown and offers a one of a kind insight into times gone by. A guaranteed find of gold with expert panning tuition, cafe, icecreams, 4WD tours up the Arrow River, Central Otago gifts, gold jewellery and other New Zealand quality products. Gold panning equipment is also available for hire or purchase if you catch 'gold fever'! A must-do attraction in Arrowtown. Open over summer from September to May, 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.
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