Blue Thistle Cottages
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Blue Thistle Cottages

168 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Spacious well appointed cottages with superb views set on 10 acres, 1.5 Km from Te Anau on the road to Milford Sound. Cottages are self-contained self-catering. All cottages have free WiFi, flat screen tv. Quality linen and fluffy bathrobes. We have a Fox Terrier, whom likes to announce your arrival. Also, we have 2 cats and some friendly Dexter cows, a goats and 2 sheep.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hiking
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun umbrellas
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Dining area
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English
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Diovt wrote a review Jan 2020
Panton, Vermont
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have returned to Blue Thistle Cottages since our last trip 4 years ago, this time with friends. The cottages are under the new ownership of friendly Rachel and David and the standards remain high. Some small updates including the addition of an induction burner which gives those of us who wish to make our own meals another source of cooking heat. There are so many outdoor activities to do in the Fiordlands, sometimes you just don't want to go out to eat. The cabins are very clean, roomy with comfortable living rooms, good sized bathrooms with heated towel racks and overhead heating lights and comfortable beds. With only four cottages, Blue Thistle, perched above the highway, is rural, peaceful and quiet outside of the bustle of Te Anau. Each unit, situated to maximize privacy, has a small table and chairs on the entry porch plus a small picnic table and umbrella overlooking the majestic Fiordland mountains in their own private gardens.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The three units in the front have the most privacy and best views.
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Response from BlueThistleCottages, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages
Responded 21 Jan 2020
I would like to thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review for us. I'm pleased to hear that the induction cooktop allowed you to stay in and have your meals, while enjoying the fabulous views of the mountains in a quiet rural setting. It would be our pleasure to host you again if you decide to have another holiday to Fiordland.
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1waynet1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Wairoa, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were very impressed with our cottage. It was immaculate, contained everything we required for our three night stay, easy distance from Te Anau, with Rachel being a respectful host. Electric blankets and heaters were appreciated as it got to -5°! An extra bonus would be laundry facilities
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Any of the 4 self contained cottages would be good
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Response from Rachel Lowrey, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages
Responded 28 Jul 2020
We appreciate that you have taken the time to write such a wonderful review for us. Yes, it has been a little colder than normal this winter, and I am glad that you enjoyed having the electric blankets on your beds. we wish you all the best.
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EllenLovesHawaii wrote a review Dec 2023
Honolulu Hawaii
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We rented 2 cabins for a group of 4, and really enjoyed this place. The hosts, Maggie and Ian, were so friendly and helpful that we felt like friends and family with them. The grounds are lovely and quiet. It's so nice to have a living room and kitchenette. Everything was spic and span clean. The cottages are just off the main highway and within a few minutes of Te Anau shopping, restaurants, etc. I strongly recommend Blue Thistle if you're staying in Te Anau or wanting to go to Milford Sound (which has very little lodging available). The views from the cabins are lovely mountainsides.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Rory cartwright wrote a review Jan 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A cute and very comfortable cottage on the outskirts of Te Anau, this was a great place to come to after an action filled day. The hosts were warm and friendly and very knowledgable about things to do and places to eat. The kitchen was a bit small but the cottage was very clean and had a great shower! East to acces downtown and right on the route to Milford Sound, I would definitely recommend it to other travelers.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from BlueThistleCottages, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages
Responded 22 Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. I hope that some of the knowledge that we shared with you, was of some help to you while you were here. It was our pleasure to be your hosts and we wish you well.
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Fforde wrote a review Feb 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A five minute drive (if that) out of Te Anau means you can have a exceptionally quiet nights sleep. Large cottages with cooking facilitates, large bathrooms, comfortable bed and bedding, and numerous tv channels should you just want to blob.

You’ll need a car to stay here.

Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Rachel Lowrey, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages
Responded 18 Feb 2021
We appreciate the time that you have taken to write a review for us. It is nice to hear that you thought our beds were comfortable and that you got a quiet nights sleep. Thank you again. All the best.
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Cindy Shiko wrote a review Feb 2023
Boulder, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My adult son and I toured the southern South Island for 3 weeks, and the best accommodation we had was at The Blue Thistle Cottages in Te Anau!
We had just spent Christmas Day in Milford Sound on a cruise, followed by a strenuous hike and had not booked a stay for the night. Maggie welcomed us warmly and generously!
The cottages are updated, very clean and well- appointed, The beds are incredibly comfortable and the private landscaped yards offer great views of the mountain vistas. We were so grateful and lucky the next night was also available! Happy New Year and Thank You for your hospitality, Maggie and Ian!!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Leanne C wrote a review Jun 2020
Auckland, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent 6 nights at Blue Thistle and found it perfect for my needs. I was after a quiet location, on the Milford Road, not far from town, but far enough to be away from hustle and bustle. The cottage met all my needs - it was clean and tidy, the bed was comfortable and warm. The bathroom had good heating and the shower good pressure. Kitchen facilities had everything I needed.
Rachel and David were perfect hosts - the TV stopped working and Rachel was quick to pop over and remedy that. Communication at all times was excellent, as I arrived in town slightly earlier than anticipated, and I was able to check in straight away. My original booking was just prior to lockdown, and I had to postpone my booking - Rachel and David were very understanding and held my booking until I was able to travel after lockdown was lifted. Also excellent email communication regarding the Milford Road being open etc and even a snow report. Great spot.
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Date of stay: May 2020
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Response from Rachel Lowrey, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages
Responded 28 Jul 2020
Leanne, it was our pleasure to have you stay with us. I'm pleased that we ticked all the boxes and for your accommodation requirements. I hope that you managed to take some photos that are going to take pride of place in your home to remind you of your time with us. Thank you for your lovely review and take care.
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Rob Renton wrote a review May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cottage and Owner was really nice. When we went out for the evening the owner we came back to find the outside light turned on for us and the heaters on to make our stay the bit better. The cottages are just outside town so you can appreciate the night sky and the quiet of being away from traffic and other people.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Great quiet retreat
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Response from Rachel Lowrey, Owner at Blue Thistle Cottages
Responded 4 May 2021
It was our pleasure to have you stay with us. It's always nice to be able to return to your room and find it nice and warm. And it is wonderful that we had a clear night for you to be able to do a bit of star gazing. Take care.
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Steve wrote a review Mar 2023
Chinnor, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location was perfect only a couple of hours to Milford Sound in a nice quite location. With plenty of walks locally The accommodation was great with a a lounge , kitchen, bathroom and separate bedroom. The hosts were very welcoming and accommodating parking right outside your cabin.
No hesitation in recommending this to anyone do spend a few days around Te Anau there is a lot to be seen
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure you book at the restaurant of your choice it is difficult to just walk in and get a table
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Colin R wrote a review Mar 2023
Adelaide, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loved our stay at Blue Thistle cottages. It certainly exceeded our expectations. Maggie and Ian were so lovely warm and kind even took us into town and rang us to see if we needed to be picked up. Nothing was too much trouble. The grounds are immaculate and the environment is so quiet, peaceful and relaxing we had a lovely picnic lunch in the garden when we arrived. Our cottage was delightful. So clean cosy and comfortable with everything we needed. Had the best nights sleep dozing off listening to the rain. Booking was simple and hassle free. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend to family and friends.
Pam and Colin
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from Rachel
Te Anau, New Zealand
Yes, we do have a cat at Blue Thistle Cottages. And we do everything that we can to keep her out of the cottages in case we have people with allergies.
Rosarygirl64 asked a question Mar 2018
34 contributions14 helpful votes
Is there a laundry where one can wash their closes?
Answer from Rachel
Te Anau, New Zealand
hello Kathy No we don't have a laundry, however I am happy to do a small load for you, or there is a launderette in town. Regards Annette
Journey64231402465 wrote a tip Sept 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to set your camera up for the night skies and the amazing rainbows "
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Kevin G wrote a tip Apr 2023
16 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay here if you're planning to visit Milford Sound. It is 2 hours from Te Anau, but 4 hours from Queenstown. All coaches pass thru Te Anau."
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Steve wrote a tip Mar 2023
Chinnor, United Kingdom62 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you book at the restaurant of your choice it is difficult to just walk in and get a table"
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Alison S wrote a tip Nov 2022
Anchorage, Alaska671 contributions126 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We recommend cottage #3. Parking is great."
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Isobel Pankhurst wrote a tip Oct 2021
St. Albans, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Say hi to Dot Dot the cat for me!"
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PRICE RANGE
$225 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
blue thistle cottages hotel te anau
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionFiordland National ParkTe Anau
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Thistle Cottages
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Thistle Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Blue Thistle Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Thistle Cottages?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Blue Thistle Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Blue Thistle Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Blue Thistle Cottages accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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