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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  I recommend stopping if your traveling through – Amazing service very friendly and amazing food. Fresh ingredients . Will be stopping next time we are traveling through

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    15/07/2023

    star rating  Really tasty food. Stopped off here on the way home to get a milkshake. Amazed at how many different flavours. Tried for the first time rum and raisin. The food… read more

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    14/01/2020

    star rating  Benger Cafe long weekend – This cafe has the best assortment of cabinate food I have seen in a long time. The atmosphere is chilled, and service amazing. We stayed at the chalets onsite for… read more

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    23/10/2023
  • 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

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    08/05/2021

    star rating  Highly recommend 👌 – Great selection of cabinet and freshly cooked food.
    I had an omelet which was perfectly cooked and had lots of filling.
    My flat white coffee was the perfect temperature.… read more

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    03/11/2023

    star rating  An out of the box experience!  – This was an out of the box experience. Perfectly curated. Comfortable bed. Warm, cosy, plenty of space. Kitchen has a fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave with plenty of cutlery and… read more

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    27/05/2024
  • star rating  Best all day breakie  – Benger cafe has the best all day breakfast I’ve had in NZ & I’ve had them all over our awesome country, while 99% of the places are great, John &… read more

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    17/12/2023

    star rating  Unexpected spot in rural area. Lovely cafe with friendly staff. Nice coffee and food.Beautiful garden. Even some unusual colourful birds. Nice shaded areas to sit outside.

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    02/01/2022

    star rating  24 of us booked for lunch at the Benger cafe when we were travelling through Roxburgh. We had the outside tables in a pretty courtyard surrounded by beautiful gardens. The… read more

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    24/11/2021
  • star rating  Absolutely fantastic! Wonderful place to stay – perfect getaway.  – Wonderful place to stay, cute chalets, perfect for a getaway, well appointed, modern, great meals from the cafe next door, peaceful, central to the cycle trails (and these are fantastic),… read more

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    25/03/2024

    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

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    29/09/2021

    star rating  All round experience – We stayed here for two nights and ended up booking a third as the Chalet was perfectly located for our bike riding. Staff were friendly and welcoming and the cooked… read more

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    21/04/2023

Our Reviews

Our Latest Reviews from Google

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

Minikins
Minikins
2024-06-07
Absolutely beautiful outdoor area with lovely gardens. Great place to stop for a bite
Trudi Biggs
Trudi Biggs
2024-05-28
took a break in my journey for lunch. delicious coffee, nice fresh food, clean toilets, what more could a girl ask for!!!
Tristan Webb
Tristan Webb
2024-05-23
I love this place I am actually going to go stay in one of the huts that they got there because they look quite nice the service was a amazing by the food was on point and I am difficulty gonna try and get down there to stay in the cabins that they got there's also a beautiful lovely fruit place across the road if you need to have a some fruit the views of amazing once again I'm gonna try my hardest get down there again to do it
Gabriela Razazi
Gabriela Razazi
2024-05-08
Super cute cafe
Robyn Kelly
Robyn Kelly
2024-04-12
Stopped for lunch, the blue cod was delicious. Service quick and friendly staff. Must return in the summer and sit in the lovely outdoors area.
Antonio Favaro
Antonio Favaro
2024-04-09
We only used the cafe for some treats and drinks. The Fried Oyster and coffee and Walnut cake, was delicious.
Angus McLeod
Angus McLeod
2024-03-11
Great café on back roads between Queenstown and Bluff. Coffee is excellent.
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 125 reviews
Carlos
Carlos
2024-05-29
10
Verified
Exceptional
Sing
Sing
2024-05-10
9.0
Verified
Great stay with warm welcome and delicious breakfast provided by the host. ☺ Unique design for the room accommodation. Our stay overnight here was very good and memorable as it got snowing during the night. ☹ Nothing.
Louisa
Louisa
2024-05-05
6.0
Verified
Lovely place but listing was not accurate ☺ Breakfast was good! Staff also very sweet. Place was beautiful. ☹ bed sheets were stained and looked like there were muddy bits on it. listing said there was wine and champagne provided but was listed wrongly. listing also said there was stovetop available, did not realize it was outdoors on a BBQ, not in the kitchen.
Chris
Chris
2024-04-12
7.0
Verified
Our stay was ok. ☺ I liked the quirkiness. Bed. ☹ Heat pump was in strange position and kitchen and toilet not very clean. Sheets.
Karen
Karen
2024-04-09
10
Verified
Very pleasant people and place ☺ Very comfortable and clean ☹ Nothing
Jenny
Jenny
2024-04-01
10
Verified
Exceptional
Nicki
Nicki
2024-03-31
10
Verified
Exceptional
Christine
Christine
2024-03-25
10
Verified
Exceptional ☺ It was a very relaxing and laid back weekend.would recommend to others ☹ There was nothing we didn't like
Robert
Robert
2024-03-25
9.0
Verified
Wonderful
Laura
Laura
2024-03-20
9.0
Verified
Wonderful

Our Reviews

Our Latest Reviews from Airbnb

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

Marie
Marie
27. April, 2024.
What a find. Lee is a great host . We loved our stay here. Great bed and quality linen. Lee and his team made us extremely welcome.
Jessica
Jessica
3. April, 2024.
A comfortable and convenient place to stay. The cafe was great and staff was super friendly!
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.