Radfords on the Lake is owned by Te Anau locals Kerri and Steve James.

Sharing Fiordland’s beautiful environment and unique experiences with our guests is our passion – we love helping our guests to experience the absolute best of this region with luxurious accommodation and top-notch customer service. Our Radfords on the Lake team are committed to providing an experience that’s second-to-none.

It really is a family affair with three generations of family working together to keep Radfords on the Lake running at an impeccable standard. Alongside the Owner/Operator Kerri, her daughter Shelley is in charge of Admin, and Kerri’s mum, Phyllis, maintains the beautiful garden and grounds.

Kerri’s husband Steve runs a farm in conjunction with his agricultural contracting business. He has been involved in the farming sector all his life. The farm is located 7 km from Te Anau; it has a mix of 3,000 stock units comprising of sheep, deer, and cattle running on 273 hectares. Day tours of the farm are a popular guest add-on and are available by prior arrangement.

In 2013, Radfords won the AA Tourism Supreme Host of the Year Award and in 2015 AWS Fiordland Operator of the Year Award, 2016 Finalists for Hospitality NZ Excellence in Customer Service and Accommodation Host of the Year, and 2021 Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards.

We are Qualmark Rated 5-Star with a Gold Sustainability Award. Qualmark is New Zealand’s official mark of quality; Radfords on the Lake has met or scored above industry best practice standards to be recipients of these awards.

Our passion for the environment

Kaitiakitanga is a Māori term that means guardianship of the land. We never take our stunning environment for granted and are committed to preserving our ‘slice of paradise’ here in Fiordland – we do everything we can to reduce our footprint on the environment.

We support the wider Fiordland environment through the following initiatives

  • We are long-time, committed sponsors of the Antipodes Islands Parakeets (Kakariki), who live nearby in the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary – only a 20 minute stroll from Radfords on the Lake! See them in action here
  • We are silver sponsors of the Fiordland Trails Trust, which recently created the Lake2Lake cycle trail linking Lake Te Anau with Lake Manapouri
  • All proceeds from DVD hire is donated back to the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

Within Radfords on the Lake itself, we reduce our environmental footprint via

  • Being proactive with recycling, including donating goods from our apartments to the local church’s second-hand store whenever anything is updated
  • Wherever possible, buying locally and buying in bulk to reduce packaging and freight
  • We compost everything and have a worm farm where our kitchen scraps go
  • All of our units have been re-lined with polystyrene to contain heat, reducing the energy resources we consume
  • Our bikes are free-to-use for guests, reducing the need for motor vehicles to explore locally
  • We are proudly 99% chemical free and use natural cleaning products
  • We use colour-coded microfibre cloths for each different cleaning purpose – reducing waste

The Tiaki Promise & Maanakitanga

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Discovering the very best of Fiordland

Te Anua is a special place nestled in the heart of Fiordland – there is so much to see and explore. It is perfect for those that love outdoor adventuring, relaxing by a lake and taking in the gorgeous sights there is on offer. From our three Great Walks to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and ancient glow worm caves, Fiordland is unlike anywhere else on earth and is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular places to visit. We’ve crafted a range of packages that help guests make the most of this special place – all packages use the very best operators in the region. There has never been a better time to visit Fiordland!

Click here to learn more about the Fiordland region

Explore Fiordland from Above!

A picture of a helicopter on top a snowy mountain Aerial shot of a helicopter overlooking Lake Te Anau A helicopter on top of a snowy mountain

“When a place is so special it’s been awarded World Heritage status, seeing it from the air is an absolute Must-Do.”

Southern Lake Helicopters, based on the edge of Te Anau Lake, just minutes from Radfords, offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visitors to the region. From their spectacular Milford Sound scenic flight to landing in a hanging valley in Doubtful Sound, a scenic flight makes an unforgettable addition to your New Zealand vacation.

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Radfords on the Lake, after we had some unexpected vehicle trouble. From the moment we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by Kerri, we had amazing service and nothing was a problem. Radfords is located directly across the road from the lake, with lovely views and a short walk to town and cafes/restaurants. We stayed in a two-bedroom unit which was immaculately clean and spacious, with modern furnishings. The beds were comfy with beautiful linen and we loved the little touches of bath salts and chocolates beside the beds. We would highly recommend staying here and can't wait to go back!"
    kathypc2016 – March 2022 – Geraldine, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "Top-rated stay at Radfords! This is by far the best place to stay in Te Anau from what I could see! The apartments are beautifully appointed with such attention to detail! They are all lake-facing and the out door areas are beautiful including an immaculate bbq area! The host was friendly and helpful!"
    ClareZ24 – January 2022 – Auckland, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "It was great to stay at Radford's Motel, it was clean, spacious, great views. Kerri was full of information and made sure we had the best time when in the Te Anau area. I would highly recommend people to visit this area and explore this awesome place."
    Cheeki Cherries – January 2022 – Cromwell, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful stay at Radfords on the Lake. Kerri (the owner) couldn't have been more helpful (especially when we wanted to tweak arrangements). Lovely comfortable unit with everything we needed."
    Kath – February 2022 – London, United Kingdom  Read Reviews

Our Environmental Promise

We are committed to preserving our beautiful surroundings and reducing our footprint on the environment.

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SHARE YOUR SPECIAL IMAGES WITH US

Three generations working together ♥️ with the next generation not far away from learning the ropes! 

With Mother’s Day just around the corner it got me thinking how lucky I am to be surrounded by these amazing ladies. 

Left to right Shelley, Phyllis, Kerri. Katie was unfortunately unable to be here for the photos. 

We hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday 🌸 

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⭐️WIN A WEEKEND AWAY⭐️

Relax and enjoy a much deserved getaway on us!

Wake up to majestic views and locally sourced in-room breakfast, experience some of Te Anau’s many unique activities and amazing restaurants on offer.

We are giving you the chance to win a 2 night stay @radfordsonthelake follow instructions below to go in the draw.

P R I Z E

🌟Two nights accommodation for two people in our Premier Lakeview Studio

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E N T E R

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T & C’s

Closes 4th April at 7pm and winner will be announced that week.
Prize must be redeemed before 30/09/22
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Book a romantic getaway in Te Anau and soak up the scenery together!

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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. 

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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.
It’s that time of the year to vote for Bird of the Year for 2021 - so jump on with us and vote and if you can make a donation towards their great efforts.
 
Link in bio

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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! 
Hear what Alexx had to say about her time with us - link in our bio
Finalist…. With the MC
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.

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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 https://www.doc.govt.nz/news/events/regional-events/fiordland-events/booking-form-fiordland/

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

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