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Blue Thistle Cottages

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168 Te Anau- Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Johnstown, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only have one cottage left of the four that we haven't stayed in now and we will be coming back as often as we can. We're bringing friends back with us in December because when we talk about New Zealand we can't stop talking about Blue Thistle. Blue Thistle and Te Anau are the New Zealand that we fell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I don't think we could of chosen a better place to stay while in Te Anau. The Blue Thistle cottages was far one of the best places we stayed while in New Zealand. Conveniently located close to town, but far enough away to have a peaceful country experience. Our hosts Annette and Peter were beyond gracious. I felt like I... More 

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Grand Isle VT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

I just booked one of the Blue Thistle cottages for eight nights in 2016! This will be our fifth stay in one of these lovely cottages, and our eleventh visit to the South Island. We have spent time in perhaps twenty different self-contained accommodations in those years, and Blue Thistle is surely in our top three favorite places. While there... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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 April 13, 2015

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 April 12, 2015

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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

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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