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Blue Thistle Cottages

168 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
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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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Mountain view
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MelK wrote a review Jan 2024
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We loved our stay at Blue Thistle Cottages! We were warmly greeted by Maggie, and shown to our cottage, which overlooks beautiful green pastures with cows. It was a gorgeous, quiet setting. The cottage itself has everything you need, and is spacious, very clean, tidy and comfortable, with a real country homey feel. The beds are comfortable and rooms quiet. It's about a 10 minute drive into the main town (so you'd need a car). It was a refreshing stay that feels like you are at home, after staying in a view hotel/motels just prior.
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EllenLovesHawaii wrote a review Dec 2023
Honolulu Hawaii20 contributions6 helpful votes
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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Journey64231402465 wrote a review Sept 2023
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Maggie and Ian are just the most incredible hosts. The cottages are just gorgeous and so comfortable. It's such a great location, being just a 4-5 mins drive into the main street but set back enough that it's very private and quiet. The views of the mountains are just beautiful, and being set back and slightly up on a hill gives you the whole perspective. Feeding the cows and the lambs was such a treat, too. I will 100% be back. Thanks, Maggie and Ian, for such an incredible stay. Emma xx
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Be sure to set your camera up for the night skies and the amazing rainbows
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Kevin G wrote a review Apr 2023
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This is a wonderful place to stay when you want to see the Glow Worm Caves. Also it is only a 2 hour drive to Milford Sound. Room was clean, well appointed kitchen.Bed was very comfortable, roomy shower. Maggie was so very helpful with advise about the surrounding area. She will even take you to see to her cows. If you plan to go to Milford Sound stay here and avoid the 4 hour ride from Queenstown. Tour buses from Queenstown stop here to pick up passengers.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Steve wrote a review Mar 2023
Chinnor, United Kingdom57 contributions58 helpful votes
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, Australia1 contribution
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
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Linda K wrote a review Mar 2023
New York City, New York91 contributions47 helpful votes
We felt right at home staying here. The bed was very comfortable and we had lots of privacy when sitting in the outdoor space outside. Conveniently located but a little out of the town itself. The eating area inside the cottage was a good size. Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Cindy Shiko wrote a review Feb 2023
Boulder, Colorado1 contribution
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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Getaway14867743105 wrote a review Feb 2023
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Maggie is amazing. She is warm and accommodating and couldn't do enough for us to feel welcome. I had to give her a hug, as we had such a big day travelling and she made sure we had everything we needed to settle in. My stay here is going to be a favourite memory. ❤️
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Phil S wrote a review Feb 2023
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Maggie could not have been more accommodating if she tried. Cottages are picture perfect and location is incredible. Hosts went out of their way to make our stay one of the most enjoyable of our time in the South Island. Next time I'm passing through I will definately stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Thistle Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Thistle Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Kepler Track (6.0 km), Fiordland Cinema (2.6 km), and Lake Te Anau (3.4 km).
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.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Thistle Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ditto, Sandfly Cafe, and Redcliff Restaurant & Bar.
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.