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Blue Thistle Cottages

168 Te Anau- Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

These cottages are in a wonderful position just outside the centre of Te Anau. They are spacious and comfortable, quiet and private. We had our own front garden with a stunning view of the mountains and lake. The owners were very friendly and helpful and had obviously given a lot of thought to the layout of the cottages and gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Our hosts were friendly, personable, helpful and generous. They took us fishing one glorious afternoon. They cleaned our cottage more than we expected. They have extensive knowledge of good dining spots and activities in the area. We slept wonderfully: comfortable beds and glorious quiet because they are located just outside town. We highly recommend Blue Thistle Cottages.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at Blue Thistle and were made to feel very welcome by Annette and Peter the owners they even ferried us backwards and forwards to a restaurant in town so we could celebrate my Birthday! We spent one night on Doubtful Sound from here. The cottages were well equipped and comfortable with a nice area to sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I selected the Blue Thistle Cottages for the two nights after tramping the Routeburn Track - and we were thrilled with the experience. Very comfortable bed in a warm and cozy space. The hosts were very accommodating to our requests (arriving a bit early and in need of some laundry) and very friendly - who offered us the opportunity to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed the spacious cottage, well equipped and modern. The cottages are self-contained and we were offered to use their barbecue. For us the ideal location especially the weather being bad. Great view of the lake and beautiful surrounding just a little outside of Te Anau and therefore a good spot for excursions (i.e. Doubtful... More 

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