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Benger Garden Cafe & Chalets

Beautiful big outdoor seating area with bird aviary. Homemade cakes and gourmet pies. Catering available.

Lovely garden and dogs welcome. Safe play area for kids.

Catering for breakfast, morning, afternoon tea, lunch, and after fives and dinners.

We have a range of menus to suit most events, and if we don’t, we will create a menu just for you.

Brand new accommodation in Ettrick, located only 6 km from Millers Flat and 15 km from Roxburgh. 

You’ll find our garden cafe right next door. 

Locally owned by John and Lee. Both have a passion for travelling and meeting new people. 

We often give our guests a tour of the valley or stop for a drink and chat together.

Why us

If you’re looking for pet-friendly, modern accommodation with a cafe making homemade delicious goodies right next door, then  Benger Garden Cafe and Chalets is the place for you.

Each chalet is fully self-contained with its own private bathroom.

Are you on the bike trail looking for a great place to stay? We’ll come and pick you up and drop you off.

Winner of the Qualmark 4 star Bronze award.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch or afternoon coffee

Beautiful big outdoor seating area with bird aviary and stunning gardens.

Homemade cakes and gourmet pies. Dogs are most welcome.

Safe play area for kids and great atmosphere.

Winner of the Qualmark 4 star Bronze award.

Fully self-contained brand new accommodation located in Ettrick, Central Otago.

Biking, walking, history, local pool, orchards

The Clutha Gold Trail and Roxburgh Trail are right on our doorstep. We offer pickup and drop off.

Explore the delights of the Teviot Valley fruit bowl with roadside orchards and fruit stands.

You’ll find plenty of greats walks and if hunting is your thing Mt Benger is the place to go.

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Our Reviews

Our TripAdvisor Reviews

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about our cafe and chalets.

  • star rating  Very happy with service, selection , and meal. Liked the area for our dog. All the best. – They do not do evening meals This section is annoying if you do not want to write one hundred words

    avatar thumb Saveyman
    19/07/2023

    star rating  Perfect stop off on the Clutha Gold Bike ride – We arrived to stay at the lovely Chalet on a Wednesday which is Roast Dinner night. Excellent food and great value for $30.00 including dessert. We stayed for one night… read more

    avatar thumb Phillipa W
    15/04/2023

    star rating  Very friendly staff and great food. Also have an amazing garden which cafe patrons can sit and enjoy. Particularly lovely at the moment amongst the autumn colours. Definitely worth stopping… read more

    avatar thumb JohnnyUK7
    08/05/2022
  • star rating  Thoughtful Cafe! – Love the sausage roll which was fantastic! It was a good idea for putting it in a double-layer paper bag for keeping warm longer. People are nice too!

    avatar thumb Jaclyn L
    25/07/2023

    star rating  Benger Garden Cafe is a hidden gem. The owners go above and beyond to satisfy your experience. Amazing garden area with exotic and native birds. Food and coffee awesome

    avatar thumb 812calluma
    03/10/2020

    star rating  There aren’t many places to eat breakfast on this stretch of road so we gave Benger a go. Lovely gardens have to have a mention and an outdoor meal would… read more

    avatar thumb stevew538
    01/07/2022
  • star rating  The chalet is wonderfully designed, a brilliant place for a couple – warm, with everything top-quality. The hosts are friendly, hospitable, and informative. The adjacent cafe has all you need… read more

    avatar thumb BPChch2022
    19/02/2022

    star rating  Visited today for my birthday on a trip around Central Otago. Paninis were excellent and service was A+. Chose to visit after reading previous reviews and was not disappointed, will… read more

    avatar thumb karencookson
    29/09/2021

    star rating  The cafe now has a lovely new chalet on site. Its absolutely gorgeous. Very attractive, clean, linen sheets, comfy bed, nice bathroom, private, pretty, quiet and a beautiful design. The… read more

    avatar thumb megan l
    22/01/2022
  • star rating  Today I had the best toasted sandwich I have ever had ( and I have had quite a few at different places) Heaps of filling in beautiful bread! They also… read more

    avatar thumb GoPlaces03620442671
    08/05/2021

    star rating  What a delight this place was. Lunchtime and we needed to stop somewhere and saw this place. I had the whitebait meal – beautiful. Two big whitebait patties made with… read more

    avatar thumb nzp0ppy
    29/10/2021

    star rating  Extremely satisfying – Extremely satisfying cheese rolls, free wifi 😲 they make mc muffin burgers, afghan biscuits melting moments all from fresh ingredients it’s got to be my favourite spot. Not to mention… read more

    avatar thumb Maps29187564340
    09/08/2023

Our Reviews

Our Latest Reviews from Google

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about our cafe and chalets on Google.

Kevin Gove
Kevin Gove
2024-02-25
Roadside cafe with great beautiful gardens with shaded seating areas, look out for the beautiful Mandarin ducks at the back.
ahmed showair
ahmed showair
2024-02-25
Tasty honey
Hannah Hale
Hannah Hale
2024-02-25
Staff absolutely lovely, coffee tasty. Vegetarian quiche yum. Proper ice-cream and lovely outdoor seating and play area. Really recommend!
Neil Hall
Neil Hall
2024-02-23
A beautiful garden oasis for coffee, lunch etc. Do not know about the rooms.
Vanz Liit TV
Vanz Liit TV
2024-02-21
Cozy nice quiet place 🙂 staffs are friendly
Belinda Mason
Belinda Mason
2024-02-21
Yummy lunch today. Thanks team!
Dave Pilkington
Dave Pilkington
2024-02-19
These chalets were perfect - beautifully styled and super comfortable. No detail has been overlooked including blackout curtains. We will definitely recommend to others. The gardens in and around the Cafe were just outstanding - wow factor. Breakfast and also lunch options make this a great option if you are biking the Roxborugh trail.
Chris Marriott
Chris Marriott
2024-02-13
Breakfast was fantastic could not fault it at all.Staff was great,outdoor eating area and gardens were beautiful,a pleasure to call in there. We will be back.
Sue
Sue
2024-02-11
The Chalets are luxurious! Beautifully constructed and furnished, set in a stunning garden location right next to a Cafe which serves great meals. Huge thanks to our hosts. We will be back.
Our Reviews

Our Booking.com Reviews

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about our chalet accommodation in Ettrick.

Excellent
9.5
Based on 110 reviews
Mohamadi
Mohamadi
2024-02-25
5.0
Verified
It was a nice stay but I think the price was a bit high for the size and location of the place. ☺ The room was nice and warm. I liked the design of the room and staff were nice. The cafe’s garden was so pretty. Car park was very close to the room which was nice. ☹ I think the price was a bit too much for the size and location of this room. It’s very close to the highway so you can hear the cars passing if you keep the window open.
Carolyn
Carolyn
2024-02-23
10
Verified
Exceptional ☺ The staff were very accommodating and the breakfast included was 5 star. If you are doing the Clutha Gold bike trail the staff will pick you up from Millers Flat so you don’t have to ride the motorway and return you the next day. Recommend this place.
Lance
Lance
2024-02-22
10
Verified
Exceptional ☺ Great location, clean, modern accomadation. Would recommend and use again.
Barbara
Barbara
2024-02-21
10
Verified
Interessantes Tiny house ☺Großzügig und sauber
Ross
Ross
2024-02-20
9.0
Verified
Wonderful
Nancy
Nancy
2024-02-19
10
Verified
Fantastic stay in a beautiful chalet ! ☺ Food was fantastic and staff were very friendly and helpful. ☹ Nothing… it exceeded our expectations!
Geoff
Geoff
2024-02-18
9.0
Verified
Wonderful
Donella
Donella
2024-02-17
8.0
Verified
Very Good ☺ Loved the design of the chalet. Garden was exceptional. Cafe excellent. Location was good, although road noise was noticeable. ☹ We arrived to find another couple had moved into the chalet we booked as there was no key in the lockbox. They returned after an hour so we swapped allocated rooms. Unfortunately the owners were out and did not reply to calls or messages. Some things were lacking, like dish cloth or brush, paper towel, chopping board, shower soap, mop to deal with an escape of water from the shower into the main room. Raised all these points with one of the owners in the morming who offered explanations.
Vanessa
Vanessa
2024-02-11
10
Verified
AMAZING PLACE TO STAY ☺ I like everything. Quite place and i love the design. Staffs are very friendly
Marcelo
Marcelo
2024-02-11
10
Verified
In addition to comfort, the smell of the room was a great touch, very subtle and relaxing

Our Reviews

Our Latest Reviews from Airbnb

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about our cafe and chalets on Airbnb.

Clare
Clare
25. January, 2024.
very cozy chalet, perfect after a long trek! fast speed internet, cozy bed, modern and comfortable, with a beautiful garden and tasty breakfast included! 10/10
Lorna
Lorna
21. December, 2023.
Our stay was wonderful and our hosts were awesome! I want to go back already!!
Richard
Richard
1. December, 2023.
We stayed in chalet no. 2.Great design, well setup, more impressive in person than what you see in the photos. Other accommodation is close by, but the chalets are well designs/placed to give privacy.Having the cafe on site was amazing. We were impressed by the quality of food!Lee is very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend this stay 👌🏼
William
William
14. October, 2023.
Great place, good location. Having a fenced off section round the side to keep the dog was a lifesaver. Would be a great spot to stay in summer, when you can fire up the bbq and relax.
Rosalind
Rosalind
2. July, 2023.
We had a lovely comfortable night in the very cute chalet, which had everything we needed. Loved the architecture and the hearty breakfast and great coffee in the cafe next door. Would recommend to anyone, especially if making use of the cycle trails (we weren’t this time, but can see how well it would work). Everyone we met was so friendly.
Mori
Mori
10. May, 2023.
Fabulous chalet . Photos didn’t do it justice was better than the pics .Very spacious warm comfortable and clean . Will definitely stay again and highly recommend to others.The breakfast was amazing too ….we went back for breakfast a second time.Would love to try the roast next time as the brekky was so generous.Thank you Mori and warren
Nick
Nick
10. April, 2023.
Great halfway point between Dunedin and Central Otago.Cabin was really well equipped, and perfect having the cafe right next door. Breakfast included hit the spot.
Tim
Tim
18. December, 2022.
Just a lovely place. Great accommodation, lovely people and great value.
Alison
Alison
4. December, 2022.
We loved our stay at the Chalet. It is charming, cute and clean with pretty gardens surrounding. The Benger Cafe next door has tasty food and a friendly team. Thank you Leandro for your hospitality and your friendly help. We recommend highly. 😊
David
David
25. November, 2022.
Immediate WOW Factor – quality fittings/hardware/ bed and bed linen! Comfy too! Lovely place to stay with Cafe right there for you😊. Perfect.