About Us

Rachel, David and Chris live on 10 acres of land at Blue Thistle Cottages. They are all kiwi’s and have lived in Southland all their lives. Rachel grew up on a large farm in the Te Anau Basin so knows the area well. Rachel enjoys camping with family and friends in back country camping spots. She enjoys photography, and has a passion for old American trucks/cars and likes baking cakes and biscuits for the family. David is an engineer by trade and had his own business building jet boats for the past 20 years. He has been boating and around boats all of his life. David is passionate about fishing and whitebaiting. Chris is their son. He enjoys drawing, fly fishing, and cycling. Their pets include a fox terrier dog (Danny), two grey tabby cat (Abbey & Dotdot), and a goat (Bucko). They also have some Dexter cows, which are not pets but are very inquisitive and love having their photo taken.

Cottage Accommodation

The cottages are all freestanding with their own private courtyard and superb views. Each cottage has been individually decorated to a high standard. The bedroom has a queen slat bed with quality linen and an electric blanket. The large en-suite bathroom has heated towel rails, heat lamps, hairdryer, fluffy robes and complimentry toiletries. The lounge has a flatscreen TV, phone, free unlimited WiFi Internet, plenty of reading material. And if you don’t feel like dining at one of our many splendid local restaurants here in Te Anau the cottage kitchens have a fridge, an induction cooktop with a pot and steamer, microwave, electric fry pan and complimentry tea,coffee and sugar. The cottages also have double glazing throughout so your accommodation is quiet and cosy.

The Superior cottage has wheelchair access facilities.

Smoking is permitted but outside only.

There is plenty of parking for cars and boats.


168 Te Anau Milford Highway
RD 1, Te Anau 9679
New Zealand


Internationally: +64 3 249 8338 Nationally: (03) 249 8338
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