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Address: 4 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-409 8162
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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.

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Great gold panning lesson and lovely location

Pros Great place to learn to gold pan (and a 'win' everytime system! Great for kids) also run by an archeologist who was very informative. $10 Lovely setting beside Chinese... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 March 2016
Lauralathem
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Pros Great place to learn to gold pan (and a 'win' everytime system! Great for kids) also run by an archeologist who was very informative. $10 Lovely setting beside Chinese village Quaint, but expensive shop adjoining cafe Lovely outdoor seating and a gorgeous friendly resident doggy! Cons We found the food slightly in the expensive side but understanding you are... More 

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KiwiEm01, Owner at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this review

Thank you for the 4 star review however a few things you mention do need clarification. The shop has high quality Kiwi designed gifts and our prices are very reasonable as any google price check on similar products will tell you. I'm not sure what cafes you normally frequent but $2.50 for a cheese roll, $2.50 for a small slice,... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

We enjoyed a quiet morning tea here. The steamed dumplings were tasty, although burnt on the bottom (?). On leaving, we overheard one of the staff commenting on the amount of sugar we used ... left a bad taste in our mouths.

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KiwiEm01, Manager at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this review

Dear Powderpuff, thanks for your review. We are very disappointed to hear your dumplings were not to your liking as we take great pride in this dish, sourcing the very best authentic ingredients. I have looked into your complaint around your sugar consumption. The staff member at fault sincerely apologises for any offence taken. In this case the humour obviously... More 

Kent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

After a long walk we stopped for a break. The girl that served us was very friendly and the date scone was the best I've ever tasted and the home made apricot jam with it was delicious !

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Thank oldies05
KiwiEm01, Owner at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this review

Great to hear our scones got your “best ever” vote! You may have noticed the apricot tree in the back yard which is the source of the jam you had with your scones. Straight from tree to pot to plate! We hope to see you back again at Dudley's one day. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Lovely little cottage down by the river, they offer to teach you how to pan for gold for $10 and you get to keep any you find :-) There is also a selection of snacks and drinks available. Friendly staff and a lovely little collie dog that was sat outside letting us give him some fuss.

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KiwiEm01, Manager at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Glen and we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Dudley's Cottage. The little Collie is 'Dash'. He is our head of security. He loves the attention! More 

Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Eclectic and charming little wayside cottage! Very casual, laid-back atmosphere. We stopped by to take a lesson in gold panning and paid a few bucks extra to take the equipment down to the river to try it out "for real." Both my wife and I did find some gold flakes at the river so that was rewarding. Unfortunately we did... More 

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KiwiEm01, General Manager at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and we are so happy you found the experience rewarding. Now you have the skills you must come back to Arrowtown and visit us again. Maybe next time you will find your fortune! More 

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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

First stop in Arrowtown was at Dudley's Cottage. Got some take away coffees. Good selection of gifts, kids could (but did not) try panning for gold - they had a friendly tutor onsite and the promise to strike it lucky for $10 per person.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

Such a great old cottage which has been beautifully restored and turned into a funky cafe with beautiful outdoor seating and a really lovely eclectic "kiwiana" gift shop. The panning for gold is so interesting because you get some history about the gold mining boom in New Zealand and you get to learn how to pan for gold. The kids... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015 via mobile

A decent pot of tea with China and a HOT coffee something that seems really hard to come by in NZ. Really lovely little cottage and a charming setting. Would recommend for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle from the rest of the day.

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

Really worth a visit! Did not expect to recover some gold flakes from the panning lessons but we did! It motivated us to bring our pans to the nearby river to continue our quest for gold! Didn't manage to find any but it was really a fun activity for our family digging and panning using the techniques taught to us... More 

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Wollongong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

Staff really friendly and informative. Got some gold to take home. Hiring of equipment was easy and a relatively cheap way to go exploring.

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