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Blue Thistle Cottages

168 Te Anau- Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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    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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Blue Thistle for two nights, in a 2 bed cottage with my daughter & a friend. The cottages are located in a peaceful rural setting, surrounded by rolling hills. We had four calves and their mumma's in the paddock right next to us. We would sit and eat our meals out in the sunshine, and enjoy the... More

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Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had a most wonderful stay in Peter and Annette's comfortable cottage. They were terrific hosts, welcoming, caring and made us feel right at home. It is just a few minutes drive from the town centre. Our one-bedroom cottage was a good size, very clean, and kitchen with an electric frypan was adequate for self-catering. Free wi-fi worked very well.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Had a great stay here in one of the very clean and comfortable cottages, with a great outlook over the world class scenery. Peter and Annette were awesome hosts, would love to have stayed longer and had a few beers with them, just super freindly and funny people you want to be around. Their property is awesome and deserved of... More

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Rochester, New York, United States
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8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had a lovely two-day stay. The apartment was charming, comfortable, well-outfitted and quiet. Each evening we sipped wine on our little porch and watched the sun set into the mountains. Just a few minutes outside of town, it was easy to get to restaurants.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We stayed at Blue Thistle Cottages for two nights in September and were delighted at the hospitality of the owners and the gorgeous cottages. Peter and Annette were so very welcoming, making us feel at home from the moment we turned up. The cottage had absolutely spectacular views and was cozy, comfortable and peaceful. Free wifi was an unexpected added... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a memorable 2-nights stay back in February 2014. Weather was cool but not freezing - I personally would be happy to come back this time of year again. Our initial plan was to use it as a short stay for Doubtful Sound and the Milford area but the visit has confirmed for us that we would love to... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I stayed at Blue Thistle for 4 nights back in May and I was blown away by how great the place was! The location is superb, waking up to the views of the mountains every morning was amazing and the perfect start to the day! I loved the short walk into town and as it is located on Milford rd... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at Blue Thistle for 5 nights while I enjoyed going on local hikes and tramps. Was cosy and warm and couldn't have imagined a better location to put my feet up after a hard day, watch the lake and mountains while in the absolute peace and solitude of the cute as pie cottages! Thank you Annette & Pete for... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Four of us stayed in the two bedroom cottage at Blue Thistle. Our visit could not have been better. The cottage was clean, comfortable and in a beautiful setting. Annette and Peter were helpful and very welcoming. We loved the cows in the backyard and the peaceful gardens surrounding the place. But perhaps most importantly- quality beds, pillows and linens.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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33 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The Blue Thistle Cottages are just far enough out of town that you can feel totally removed from the whole touristy thing. Sited on the top slope of a little hill, they have a great outlook, and a rustic feel which is therapeutic and calming. Annette and Peter (and Paris, the dog) are welcoming and open, with their advice and... More

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Address: 168 Te Anau- Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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