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.

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.

Steve runs the farm in conjunction with his agricultural contracting business.  He has been involved in the farming sector all his life. The farm is located seven 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 our farm are a popular guest add-on and are available by prior arrangement.

Kerri manages and runs Radford’s on the Lake, in collaboration with her daughter Shelley and mother Phyllis who keep the gardens and grounds to an impeccable standard  – it really is a family affair!

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 Maori 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

The Tiaki Promise is a nation-wide commitment from both visitors and locals to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. It encompasses three elements: Caring for land, sea and nature by treading lightly and leaving no trace. Travelling safely, by showing care and consideration for all. And finally – respecting culture by travelling with an open heart and mind. We encourage our visitors to embrace the Tiaki Promise as we do ourselves within the Radfords team.

Embodying the meaning of Manaakitanga – our ‘Southern Hospitality’

In Maori culture, Manaakitanga is a traditional value that is central to society, and inspires the way that travellers are made to feel welcome. As “born and bred” Southland locals, Kerri and Steve are extremely proud to host our guests in beautiful Fiordland, and aim to embody this value in everything that they do – from recommending the best things to do in the region, to going over and above to ensure your stay is truly top-notch. This is reflected in TripAdvisor reviews for Radfords on the Lake.

Discovering the very best of Fiordland

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.

Click here to learn more about the Fiordland region

Explore Fiordland from Above!

“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.

  • Kerri's passion for ensuring her guests have a memorable stay is clear from the moment you check in. She gave us wonderful recommendations on what to do for our only evening in Te Anau, the room was furnished beautifully and impeccably clean, and I loved the personal touches like the quality chocolates and incredibly comfortable pillow/bed
    Anon – Auckland, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "We stayed here for one night on our way to Milford. The 2 bedroom unit was warm and clean but what was exceptional was the service... Highly recommended. One of the best service we have had"
    Kerry – Christchurch, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "The room was absolutely spotless and furnished beautifully with personal touches like lavender sachets on the pillows and fluffy robes. Kerry was outstanding in making our stay such a pleasure."
    Nicole – Invercargill, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "Our experience from the moment we arrived at Radford's was memorable for all the right reasons. Kerri gave us a great welcome as well as some really good advice on where to go and what to do locally.."
    Anon – Glenorchy, New Zealand  Read Reviews

Our Environmental Promise

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

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Doubtful Sound & Glowworm Caves Combo $199 per adu Doubtful Sound & Glowworm Caves Combo $199 per adult and Kids Go Free!!! 🛥There is no better time to get out there and explore your backyard with this amazing deal that Real Journeys are offering from now until the end of August 2020 🏔Come and spend a weekend at Radfords, we can book all of your adventures!*Glowworms only operating on the weekends in August.
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This looks like a great adventure for all ages and This looks like a great adventure for all ages and something fun to do with the kids during the school holidays.
Friday 17th of July.
Meet at the Kepler Track and wander through the forest listening for nightlife, stargazing, photography workshop for the adults, activities for the kids.To book or for more info ☎️DOC 03 249 7924
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WE ARE OPEN!! Well done NZ, because of you we can WE ARE OPEN!! Well done NZ, because of you we can now open our doors.
We are ready to welcome our guests and have policies in place to ensure everyone stays safe.
Our wonderful team have been very busy and the rooms are sparkling ✨
Amazing to see the sun yesterday after all the rai Amazing to see the sun yesterday after all the rain we have experienced
A lovely return guest brought us this posey of bea A lovely return guest brought us this posey of beautiful spring flowers from her woodland garden. We seriously host the best guests 💗
While staying feel free to use our complimentary b While staying feel free to use our complimentary bikes.  We are very lucky to have amazing trails right on our doorstep 🚴‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏔
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Such a wonderful family from Indonesia. They have Such a wonderful family from Indonesia.  They have had the best time here and especially enjoyed their own personal coach and cruise tour to Milford Sound with @tripsandtramps We are looking forward to your return!! Dexter Dude our cat also features...
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Great to have the Tiaki Promise framed and on the Great to have the Tiaki Promise framed and on the wall in Reception.  A reminder of our commitment to care for NZ and to remind guests of our combined responsibilities.
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