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Blue Thistle Cottages

168 Te Anau- Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
Blue Thistle Cottages
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This places was OK for one night, but the owners / managers have a strange way about them. The room was, like many New Zealand places, not very attractive, but at least it was clean. The internet is slow, but again, typical for New Zealand. I would not recommend.

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Dexterteanau, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages, responded to this review

Gosh, this really doesn't even deserve a response . We know for a fact this reviewer never stayed here. Firstly we do not take one night stays, we also have extremely fast unlimited wifi, and the rooms have all been upgraded. Seriously, one of the oddest reviews ever, so one can only assume they have written about the wrong hotel,... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were on a 3-week holiday in NZ, and Blue Thistle Cottage was simply our best! Annette and Peter have been wonderful and very helpful, and we had so much fun with their friendly pointer, Lucy as well. We stayed there for 3 nights, and it was the perfect place for us: stunning views from our cottage, serene and scenic... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A clean, private place with a stunning view and convenient to Te Anau (<3 mins by car) and the surrounding attractions. Peter & Annette make you very welcome. Peter gives good advice on where to go and the best times to go. A word of caution though , if you book through Booking.com then Peter will take payment on the... More 

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Dexterteanau, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely review. It is common business practice to charge the credit card supplied by a guest, prior to or on arrival, unless stated otherwise on the `special request form'. This was not done by you. Payment prior to confirmation is required with some third party booking agents. We trust you had a lovely holiday around our... More 

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Annette and Peter made us feel right at home and could not have been more helpful during our two-night stay. We had just come off the Routeburn Track and needed to catch up on sleep; Blue Thistle was perfect! The kitchen had everything we needed and more, the living room was comfortable, and the view lovely. We enjoyed watching the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Blue Thistle cottages for 2 night during a trip to Milford Sounds. The town of Te Anau is very pretty with lots of restaurants on offer. The accommodation is a short drive from the town centre situated on the hillside overlooking the beautiful mountains. Our cabin/cottage was well equipped with kitchen and living room facilities as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Blue Thistle Cottages are a great base for exploring the Sounds and Fiordland National Park. They are about 5 minutes drive from the restaurants and other facilities of Te Anau and about 2 hours drive from Milford Sound. The cottages are set back from the road and their slightly raised position gives views over the gardens to Lake Te Anau... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We stayed in cottage number 3 - I think it was the best one! We had complete privacy as the other cottages were behind ours and had a wonderful view to the lake. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. Completely quiet at night, so we slept great. It was a quick drive into Te Anau. The hosts were very... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The Blue Thistles are a small collection of cottages about a mile outside of town. They face Lake Te Anau and the Murchison Mountains. Our cabin had a perfect view of those, as well as the heritage Dexter cattle they keep here and some bucolic sheep. The cute cabin itself is small but well-sized for the purpose - there is... More 

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Melbourne
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Our family of 4 (2 teenage boys 13 & 16) stayed here for 2 nights whilst visiting Te Anau and the Milford Sound. Te Anau is a regular small town, nothing too modern, but with a good selection of restaurants & cafes along its main street. Blue Thistle Cottages are a 5 min drive further on past the shops on... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Annette and Peter gave us a warm welcome to Blue Thistle Cottages after a long drive. The cottages are well equipped and comfortable. Beautiful garden and views. Great location for exploring Doubtful Sound and Milford Haven.

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