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Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Whats not to like - Whitebait time

The promise of excellent whitebait fritters drew me along to Dudleys and it did not... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
Sydney, Australia
Gold Panning - lots of fun

The kids wanted to try gold panning and Dudleys Cottage give short lessons on this. The kids had a... read more

Reviewed March 30, 2018
New Zealand
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  • Average7%
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  • Terrible1%
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“scones”(7 reviews)
“pan for gold”(16 reviews)
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...more
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4 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-409 8162
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

The promise of excellent whitebait fritters drew me along to Dudleys and it did not disappoint Garden tables, whitebait was fresh and perfectly cooked. Tea was served in an old school china cup and saucer, seriously cool to see. Staff excellent and friendly, shall be...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheHighlander2015
KiwiEm01, Director of Sales at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

Thanks for your great review TheHighlander2015! We're glad you enjoyed our whitebait in the garden and look forward to seeing you next time.

Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

We travelled from Wanaka to Arrowtown to have lunch and do some gold panning here. Despite their website saying they were open 9 - 5pm they were ‘closed for nsintenance’ See you in August. Very poor - put a note on your website if you’re...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank GeorgieHL
KiwiEm01, General Manager at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Unfortunately this is an incorrect review as it is clearly stated on our welcome page on our website that we are currently closed. As you did not even do the activity it is perhaps unfair to leave a 1 star rating. We are very sorry...More

Reviewed March 30, 2018

The kids wanted to try gold panning and Dudleys Cottage give short lessons on this. The kids had a great time and even found flecks of gold which they got to take home in a small vial. The lady teaching them the art of gold...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank BarbWire73
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

I LOVE sitting in the garden at Dudley’s cottage. It is relaxed, you can take your dog there and the coffee is consistently excellent. Today I tried the whitebait pattie. OMG the best I’ve had in a long time. So good. Thank you Ali and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Jenny M
Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

So there are 2 listings for Dudley's Cottage (next to the historic Chinese settlement) in Arrowtown. This listing, being under 'activity' should be for the shop. As you enter the cottage you step straight in to the shop. It has some interesting items, and the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Gavin H
Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

We chose this cafe due to its reviews and we were very pleased we had. Arrowtown is full of places to eat, none of which look particularly inspiring, but Dudley’s is a breath of fresh air. It is just off the main drag, down by...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Pennydancer
Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

We wondered in to a wonderfully friendly welcome from people who were genuinely interested in us. As it was closing time we didn’t expect to be able to eat...how wrong we were. We had a drink and a snack which was delicious and then had...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Kohinoor12
Reviewed December 29, 2017

This quait little cottage was a pleasure to visit. Did not take part in Gold Panning but visited mainly for Coffee and Scones. Lovely setting Great coffee and wonderful scones all at a reasonable price. Service was very good and staff pleasant. This is one...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank dennisp859
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Absolutely adored Dudley's Cottage, would have to be the best date scones and coffee I have ever had. They also have a Gold Panning experience there for the kids and adults, but for me on a cold winters morning beautiful coffee and scones was heaven....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank skees
Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

We can highly recommend this quaint little cafe. Our two kids 4and 5 years had a go at gold panning with their experienced staff ... The certificate was a nice touch too ! We also went to the Chinese village which is really worth it....More

Date of experience: September 2017
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December 17, 2017|
Response from kurek2000 |
Maybe 5 minuets. They rush you along.