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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
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    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
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    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne
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117 reviews 117 reviews
15 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Kematen in Tirol, Austria
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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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San Francisco, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

What a find! Thanks to Tripadvisor, we found Blue Thistle Cottages so I want to help spread the word. The accommodations are separate cottages without any shared walls. They are nicely decorated and well equipped with beautiful views. The hosts are so friendly and caring that you won't want to leave. We went to Milford and Doubtful Sound and were... More 

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Perth, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Sitting here now looking out on a magic view of the snow capped mountians and a perfect garden, and smelling the lavender. Only here for two nights, but wish it was longer. Perfect hosts, who let us check in on Boxing day, even though they were closed! Didn't even bother to take the fee, just told us to relax and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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27 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I'm so glad I booked Blue Thistle Cottages for our 4 nights in Te Anau. On the first night there was a gale blowing and heavy rain but we felt so cosy and comfortable! The cottages are roomy, spotless, well heated, attractively decorated and totally private. Blue Thistle is just out of town- a very short drive- and up a... 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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