We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 4 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-409 8162
Website
Today
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

Relax in the beautiful gardens surrounding historic Dudley's Cottage in...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 64 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Arrowtown's Mining Company

Dudley's Cottage is situated next to the Chinese Village and Butlers Green in Arrowtown only 15 minutes from Queenstown and offers a one of a kind insight into times gone by. Open... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ArghyaKolkata
,
Kolkata

Similar Things to Do in Arrowtown

Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

64 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 62: English reviews
Kolkata
Level Contributor
179 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dudley's Cottage is situated next to the Chinese Village and Butlers Green in Arrowtown only 15 minutes from Queenstown and offers a one of a kind insight into times gone by. Open 9am to 5pm daily during the summer months. The cafe on site serves Cafe L'Affare coffee and a range of food and snacks, including famous Chinese dumplings, whitebait... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank ArghyaKolkata
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Level Contributor
41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's all about those whitebait fritters!!! Went for the first time 2 years ago, and took my dad here today. He loved it! Beautiful location, happy relaxed atmosphere. Plus I love the doggy

Helpful?
Thank Poppy S
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Popped into this little beauty just after lunch in Arrowtown on a sunny February Friday (2017). Served the loveliest coffee, had some delectable looking treats and the goodies on offer (gifts, souveniers etc) were just gorgeous and a lot that were quite original. Service was excellent. Lovely spot, gorgeous little outdoor dining area. Must visit if in Arrowtown.

Helpful?
Thank TimNut
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We tried a few coffee places in Arrowtown and this was definitely our favourite! Great coffee, friendly baristas and a lovely gift shop. Outside seating only so it's not open during the winter.

Helpful?
Thank rosmcis
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Nice gift shop. We enjoyed looking around store and purchased a gold pan so we could give gold panning a go down at the river. Staff were friendly and a special shout out to Ellie/Aly/Ally/Al/El (sorry we didn't ask the spelling, should cover it...) Hope you enjoy the wine ;)

Helpful?
Thank Sketi88
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Both my kids really enjoyed a few hours here (aged 12 and 11) It's a beautiful setting by the river. We paid for our two to have a little 15 minute Golf panning lesson before trying on their own. by the river. The cottage has a great little shop for gifts (not tatty stuff and was great for stocking fillers... More 

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
153 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

The cottage is lovely, the merchandise tempting, but what really makes it worth a visit is the gold panning. Get a lesson, then hire a pan and a shovel, and head down to the river. No, you won't find anything. That's not the point. The experience is still unforgettable.

Helpful?
2 Thank Yvonne W
Brisbane
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I stopped here with my 8 year old daughter for a bit of gold panning. We paid the $10 to do the tutorial (which they have some gold specks in the pan already) that was exciting for her. We paid $5 to hire the pan and shovel and headed to the stream where we attempted to pan for gold for... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank AmandaNAva
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Such a gorgeous little cafe, with a famous border collie called Dash! Can pan for gold, or just have the fabulous coffee and scones as we did - delish!

Helpful?
Thank Andy S
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The best hot chocolate on South Island. And amazing brownies. Good souvenirs and historical items. Also good advice on sites around Arrowtown.

Helpful?
2 Thank John G

Travellers who viewed Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown also viewed

 
Arrowtown, Otago Region
 

Been to Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?