Business & Service Directory for Ettrick
The small town of Ettrick lies 10 mins south of Roxburgh, 4km north of Millers Flat and a short distance from the Clutha River. Ettrick was founded on gold and is well known for it’s premium apple orchards.
Formerly known as Bengerburn, Ettrick was founded by Scottish settlers during the Central Otago gold rush in the 1860s. This small township is named after Ettrick Valley in Scotland. Gold recovery began a steady decline from 1902, but some public mining companies did manage to have considerable success during 1905. However, by 1908 one company after another had gone into liquidation.
Ettrick was one of the first places in New Zealand where settlers grew apples. The Central Otago climate is perfect for fruit growing, not only is Ettrick home to a registered fruit pack house and inspection depot, but there is now a certified organic fruit pack house. Dry weather conditions in spring, summer and autumn mean there are less pest problems for growers dedicated to chemical free fruit production.
You’ll find a cafe, fruit & veg shops and accommodation is open all year round and often caters to the growing number of regular holiday makers, seasonal orchard workers, shearing crews and backpackers.
A turnoff into the Old Man Range to the west, at the south end of Ettrick, is one way to obtain panoramic views of the Teviot Valley from Moa Flat.