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“Too contrived to have any emotion”

Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown
Ranked #2 of 8 Shopping in Arrowtown
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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. Open over summer from September to May, 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
5,328 reviews
1,957 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,883 helpful votes
“Too contrived to have any emotion”
Reviewed 17 December 2013

Situated next to the Chinese Settlement, this seemed a little contrived and tizzed up. While the Settlement .showed the determination and hardships of the Chinese settlers, Dudley's cottage seems too modern with too many modern crafts to have any emotional pull. Yes, you can pan for gold but it still feels too trivial to the real thing next door.

Visited December 2013
Thank RonWamberal
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KiwiEm01, Owner at Dudley's Cottage Arrowtown, responded to this review, 25 December 2013
Hi Ron,

We have taken great efforts to restore Dudley's Cottage in consultation with the Historic Places Trust of New Zealand. Its one of the primary aims of the business to celebrate the history of gold mining in Arrowtown and to spread knowledge of the past to visitors but also to demonstrate the fact not all is history and gold is still found in our rivers and hills. Arrowtown has a rich history but is not a "film set" as you claim in another of your reviews. It is alive and active. But you would have had to stop and actually engage to have found this out.


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67 reviews from our community

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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“A must see on any trip”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

What a wonderful little spot, great for a coffee, or a light bite to eat. We found GOLD! Not enough to retire on, but gold none the less.

Great history and a great place.

Visited November 2013
Thank eating_eater
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“My new favourite cafe”
Reviewed 1 November 2013

Love this spot. The best coffee I've had in ages, perfect outdoor garden to chill in the sun and genuine friendly local staff. Definitely recommend as the best cafe in Arrowtown, Cheers.

Visited November 2013
Thank Kainsaw
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New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Coffee”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Excellent visit to Dudley's Cottage. We had coffees while our teenage kids panned for gold. Our kids were wrapped in the specks of gold they found and the instructor was brilliant. Best part of the experience was the coffee - easily the best of the week.

Visited October 2013
Thank digifella
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great fun for kids and family - find real gold!”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

I brought my little sister here for a cheap kid's activity and she LOVED it! The people were so kind and patient with all the children. It was great value, fun for both adults and kids alike - thanks for making our afternoon so great!

Visited March 2013
Thank Obmm1
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