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.

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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.

  • "It's the perfect stop when travelling from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Very welcoming and helpful host, Gorgeous Lake Views. Easy walk to town. Very comfortable and spotless units. We thoroughly recommend Radfords on the Lake."
    Helen J – September 2021 – Queenstown, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "Absolutely gorgeous place to stay in one of New Zealand's hidden jewels. So much to do here - needed more time!. Beautifully appointed apartment with the best location right on the lake. Glowworms up and running again which made our stay very special. Kerri was amazing - and helped us with all our booking - nothing beats local knowledge and contact. Will definitely return."
    delwynstephen – October 2021 – Timaru, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "We have stayed here twice and really love it. The motel units are so clean and really spacious and the beds are very comfy. The staff are so friendly and lent us bug spray when we went on our boat ride and gloves when we went on our jet boat ride as it was cold. It is a great location and we definitely recommend it."
    KiwiTraveller – October 2021 – Christchurch, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "This is a fantastic place to stay with exceptional service and rooms. The owner goes above and beyond to ensure everyone has a fantastic stay. The rooms are beautiful, and the location is perfect. We hope to make it back one day."
    78clarke – October 2021 – Whakatane, 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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SHARE YOUR SPECIAL IMAGES WITH US

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

📸 @nzbirdsonline
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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