The Artists of Fiordland We Love!

December 7, 2021

The Artists of Fiordland We Love!

With breathtaking landscapes and picture-perfect scenery around every corner, it’s no wonder that so many artists are inspired by these awe-inspiring surroundings to create stunning pieces of art. Whether you’re staying in Te Anau or just driving through, take some time for a creative break and gain an appreciation for our talented artistic community.  

A great place to start your Te Anau art journey is by popping into the Fiordland Gallery of Fine Art, just down the road from Radfords on the Lake. Home to a diverse selection of works, you’ll encounter creations from artists right across the region. Browse the ever-changing exhibition featuring abstract and contemporary art-themed on the wilderness and wildlife of Fiordland, and you may even find the perfect piece to purchase and take home with you. Depending on when you visit, you might meet one of the friendly artists in the gallery to strike up a conversation with – and become inspired to reignite your own creative streak. 

Local artist from Fiordland

Brilliant works from local artist Tony Bridge

It’s impossible to leave Fiordland without capturing pictures of the magical scenery, but if you’re looking for tips and tricks to improve your iPhone camera skills, local photographer William Patino is here to help. Upgrade your low-resolution shots to become truly eye-catching photographs on a multi-day workshop with William, to learn new techniques as well as the expressive side of photography. Having been behind the camera since 2012, his works offer a unique lens on the local landscapes  his emphasis on light and atmosphere portrays the raw and wild beauty found within nature’s fleeting momentsPrints of his photography are also available to be purchased online, the perfect visual souvenir to adorn your lounge, office or bedroom.   

William Patino’s photograph

William Patino’s photographs of Wet Jacket Arm

Across in Wānaka, Steve Rumore, owner of Steve Rumore Sculptures and Metal Worksspecialises in creating oneofakind metal sculptures with stunning detail. Working with metal for over 35 years, his aesthetic eye meets engineering precision to create unique pieceinspired by the surrounding natural environmentBrowse his gallery and you’ll see his passion, vision, and experience brought to life in wondrous ways. 

Local artist Fiordland

Wanaka sculptor Steve Rumore’s ‘Ode to Wind’

Also based in Wānaka is painter Susie Ruddenklau, an award-winning artist that’s been referred to as ‘the grande dame of Wānaka’s art scene’. Susie’s ‘big picture’ paintings convey a variety of emotions and allow you to imagine yourself in the atmosphere, as you absorb every vibrant and colourful detail. Don’t miss Susie’s popular watercolour workshops, set in her lush garden studio, if you’re seeking hands-on experience.

painting of southland lake

Time your visit to align with a local pop-up exhibition or art show – Fiordland Arts Society and Manapouri Art Group host regular events and often have works on display that acknowledge the fine talents of both up-and-coming and established local artists. 

Discovering a destination through its art uncovers unique stories about its history, its culture, and its landscapes – and this holds true in Te Anau. Whether seeing your favorite location in Fiordland National Park through an eye-catching photograph or painting or being left awe-struck by nature-inspired sculptures, you don’t need to be an art expert to connect with the spectacular masterpieces that await on your next visit to Fiordland. 

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Golden hour 🌅 taken on dusk just before the sun disappeared 

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We were stoked to be able to host these lovely ladies @brodiejeankane @jokane80 over the weekend while Brodie knocked the Luxmore Grunt off! Great to see all their stories out and about enjoying what Te Anau has to offer and we can’t wait to host them again to share more. 

Just like you, we love our stunning Fiordland environment 💚 Caring for our local wildlife is super important for us - did you know we’re proud supporters of the Antipodes Island Parakeet, also known as the Kākāriki?

Thanks to fantastic conservation efforts from our friends at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary (only a 20 minute walk from us), these special birds are being protected from extinction.
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We were recently visited by travel blogger @findingalexx. A connoisseur of all-things NZ tourism, Alexx has compiled a list of top places to stay across the country, and thanks to her enjoyable stay with Radfords, we’ve made the list! 
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We love all of our guests, and sharing their joy as they discover the pure, pristine beauty of Fiordland. So we’re more than pleased to share some rather exciting news: we have been named a Finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards! 

No matter what the end results may be, we are so honoured to be amongst such a fantastic list of finalists and to be recognised for our efforts.

Why, meow, two-legged pals. 

 I’m Dexter Dude, and this is my second attempt at a short news update on Te Anau from my particular purry perspective. Because despite my small stature, and my priority being snoozing in a patch of sun most of the time, I’m actually surprisingly up-to-speed with the goings on around here.

On Saturday July 10th it sounds like the Kepler Track is going to be bustling. There’s a family-friendly Matariki Night Time Nature Walk to discover the forest after dark, and spot some of the delicious interesting creatures that live there. Registrations are required, so get in quick

That’s all from me for the month. Catch you next time! 
🐾 all my fluffy love, Dexter.

Winter is officially here! And the beautiful stillness of Lake Te Anau is second to none at this time of the year. In fact, the whole Fiordland region is stunning this season; things are a little bit quieter outside of the peak spring and summer Great Walks and general exploration period, meaning you can take a moment to catch your breath and soak in the scenery. 
We’d love to host you here at Radfords on the Lake for a midwinter break. Time it with the school holidays next month to treat the kiddos to a calm, crisp Doubtful or Milford Sound experience. Or take the time to yourself – as a couple or alone – to tick this trip off your Kiwi adventure bucket list. 

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Reading through Trip Advisor reviews and I thought this lovely review sums up Kerri and her team perfectly...
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