Too often bypassed in pursuit of Milford Sound, those that choose to stop and stay a while in Te Anau end up discovering a charming holiday destination with much to offer. With plenty to see and do in the town itself, and as a base to explore the deeper Fiordland region, Te Anau is the perfect holiday getaway, whether you’re seeking your next nature, adventure, or relaxation fix!
Te Anau has many green spaces to soak up the sun and take a well-deserved break after your Fiordland adventures! From when you first wake up at Radfords on the Lake, you’ll enjoy the beautifully-manicured garden that surrounds the property, with its colourful flowers and lush greenery. Be sure to take a stroll to the famous Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary to spot the cheeky takahē, kakā, Antipodes Island parakeet and ruru, amongst others.
Take a moment to pause and explore the lakeside town nestled amongst the entrance to the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. Experience how time slows down and how the natural and cultural history comes alive through its people and places. The geographical history of the area is well-worth diving into, from the natural processes that formed the South Island’s largest lake, to the 12,000-year-old subterranean caves that are home to thousands of tiny sparkling glowworms.
The stunning scenery and calm surroundings of Fiordland are a haven for the creative community. The lakes, mountains and forests inspire artists from near and far to create masterpieces across a variety of mediums. Discover the creativity hidden in the area at local art galleries, or participate in a workshop with an artists to truly immerse yourself into Fiordland’s art scene.
An incredible lake to make a splash in
Hop on a boat tour, go for a swim, or just enjoy a peaceful walk along the shores – Lake Te Anau is the perfect spot for water-based activities. Bring your own kayaks, paddleboards, and boats, or hire from the friendly local providers. If you want to dial up the action, the lake and its surrounding rivers are famous for fly-fishing, or jump into a helicopter and discover the beauty of the area from above!
With Radfords on the Lake situated perfectly in the heart of Te Anau, it’s the ideal base for all your Fiordland adventures. Te Anau is much more than just a stopover to fill up on snacks and drinks, instead take your time and add an extra night or two to your itinerary. We guarantee you’ll leave with unforgettable memories and special experiences that you’ll treasure long after you return home.