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“Fantastic fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arrowtown Mining Company at Dudley's Cottage

Arrowtown Mining Company at Dudley's Cottage
4 Buckingham Street | Butlers Green, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 21 664 553
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Arrowtown
Type: Tours, Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Owner description: 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.
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“Fantastic fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic plave to bring the kids, having had production gold mining experience in Western Australia, I was pretty astonished to find a fairly decent amount if gold in our pans. It was very enjoyable to show the young ones what dad does at work. The staff were extremely helpful and the great coffee at the end just topped off a superb outing for us.

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“Gold panning in arrowtown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

We visit arrowtown-queenstown area regularly but have never tried gold panning.. We saw dudleys cottage and decided that we would have a coffee and let our 5 year old have a turn.. It is a very interesting activity to do and great for both kids and adults.. Bella who helped us was very helpful and knowledgeable and pleasant.. Also great with kids.. Very good value, good coffee and was great to be able to take the gold u found away as a momento plus a certificate. I really recommend this activity as queenstown can be very heavy on prices if u want to do activities.. This was not.. Afterwards definitely take a walk thru the old Chinese gold mining settlement right nnext to dudleys.. It is both fascinating and beautiful and free.

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“Informative and interesting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We had a small group with 4 children. We paid for the children to learn how to pan for gold. Scott was helpful and informative, also answering my questions and provided equipment and instructions how to use it. As we were to go gold panning in the south island.
All the children found gold with Scotts assistance and also recieved a certificate.
Not just an activity we recommend but also the opportunity to learn how to be successful gold finding.
Thanks Scott will let u know how successful we are.
David

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“Lots of fun and great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

I was in Arrowtown with my partner over new year and we thought we would give gold panning a try. It was lots of fun and a great activity for a very reasonable price. The staff were friendly and helpful and gave lots of advice on best practice! The vial of gold (panned with our own fair hands) and a certificate finished it off nicely, highly recommended : )

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