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, and 2021 Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards.

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 & Maanakitanga

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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.

  • "Beautiful hotel, warm and welcoming. We had a 2 bedroom spa bath unit which was lovely. Decorated luxuriously with special touches, and so clean. Kerri, the manager is so lovely, let us feed her gorgeous cat Dexter as we were missing ours. Guest laundry available, free parking and situated right across the road from the lake and a short walk to town. Can’t wait to return, thank you for a lovely stay."
    TraceJase – August 2021 – Gold Coast, Australia  Read Reviews
  • "We stayed for two nights and have no complaints, staff were very helpful and their location puts you very close to the main street and local places to eat. The room was good and on par with many places we have stayed in both in OZ and Europe and in some aspects, better. I certainly recommend them as a nice place to rest and relax during your exploration of this beautiful country."
    Jason T – August 2021 – Adelaide, Australia  Read Reviews
  • "We fully underestimated Te Anau, I wish we could have stayed longer. Absolutely wonderful place to stay, lovely helpful people, and beautiful comfortable rooms. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality!"
    Lorraine – August 2021 – New Plymouth, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "Really enjoyed our time at Radfords, clean comfortable room with a great view. Knowledgeable staff and well located. Well located to walk to the Real Journeys centre to catch our cruise to Doubtful Sounds. Would definitely stay again."
    Alex P – July 2021 – Gladesville, Australia  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

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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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. 

📸 Great South
Reading through Trip Advisor reviews and I thought this lovely review sums up Kerri and her team perfectly...
Kerri, Steve and their team absolutely love sharing their local knowledge and making sure you get the most from your time in Fiordland. 

💫 Warm friendly Southern Hospitality
🏔 Beautiful views of Lake Te Anau, surrounding mountains and manicured gardens
🛏 Cosy and comfortable apartments 

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Pappi’s scones for morning tea - our favourite!! 
Follow @whats_for_smoko for this recipe and many more

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Autumn 🍂 

Our favourite season here in Te Anau, the weather is calm and still followed with warm sunny afternoons.

This tree was saved when the section was cleared by Sandra & Merv Radford in preparation for building the complex back in 2000, we always look forward to the beautiful colours it changes to in Autumn.

📸 @thejoshshaw 

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We recently hosted the lovely Wendy and Brent from Tauranga. This afternoon a surprise gift arrived from them and I was blown away by their thoughtfulness and kindness. Thank you so much @wendysboutique