Six Ways to Take in the Beauty of Te Anau

January 28, 2022

Six Ways to Take in the Beauty of Te Anau

Te Anau is not only the gateway to the Fiordland National Park, but also a beautiful place to stop and spend a night or two. Situated alongside the South Island’s largest lake, the picturesque town centre welcomes visitors from near and far for year-round adventures. We invite you to gain a deeper connection with the people and places that make Fiordland so special – and here’s a few ways to get you started. 

Take a stroll 

Whether you’re up at sunrise or you’ve pressed the snooze button a few times, start your day with a relaxed stroll along the Te Anau lakefront with a coffee from Sandfly Cafe in hand. Or for the ultimate wake-up call, take a quick morning dip in the lake to freshen up for the day ahead! 

Set sail 

Hop on a boat tour and experience Lake Te Anau up close and personal! If you are on a tight timeframe, Fiordland Historic Cruises offer the perfect snapshot of the lake’s highlights on a morning, afternoon or evening cruise. If you have a bit more time, venture further into the remote wilderness with Southern Secret’s overnight Doubtful Sound cruise. Switch off from daily life and explore a virtually untouched corner of New Zealand, with sightseeing opportunities aplenty. Alongside the breathtaking mountains and dramatic waterfalls, keep an eye out for marine life such as bottlenose dolphins, penguins, and seals as you cruise through the tranquil landscape.

 

The Southern Secret Boat on Lake Te Anau

Make a splash 

Whilst Fiordland might not be home to golden sands and tropical temperatures, the beaches of Te Anau and Manapouri are still a picture-perfect spot to unwind and have some fun. With water temperatures ranging between 12°C in winter and 16°C in summer, the top five beaches are ideal for swimming, wharf jumping, kayaking, water-skiing or simply enjoying a picnic with friends and family. 

Vibrant views await in Fiordland, such as Lake Te Anau’s iconic wharf

Vibrant views await in Fiordland, such as Lake Te Anau’s iconic wharf

Cast a line 

Whether you’re a novice or experienced angler, a guided flyfishing experience with Fiordland Fishing Guides is the perfect introduction to the vast fishing opportunities on offer in and around Te Anau. With expert local knowledge and handy hints for landing the perfect catch, try your luck at trout fishing in Fiordland’s crystal-clear waters. 

Te Anau is a haven for flyfishers, with an abundance of brown and rainbow trout

Te Anau is a haven for flyfishers, with an abundance of brown and rainbow trout

Stay in style 

Treat yourself to the ultimate luxurious stay right on the waterfront! Radfords on the Lake offer spacious and clean accommodation surrounded by idyllic gardens and lake views. Lay back, relax and soak up the scenery as you enjoy all Te Anau has to offer – the town centre is just a short stroll away. This 5-star accommodation is the perfect base for your Fiordland adventures – and the friendly staff are more than happy to suggest places to visit, eat and explore; whether a crowd favourite or a hidden gem. 

The beautifully-manicured gardens greeting you at the entrance to Radfords on the Lake

The beautifully-manicured gardens greeting you at the entrance to Radfords on the Lake

Soar to new heights 

Cross a scenic helicopter ride off your bucket list and discover the beauty of Fiordland National Park from up above. Be captivated by stunning views across the Kepler Mountains, Lake Te Anau, and the region’s ‘hidden lakes’ on a sampler flight, or upgrade your experience to an exhilarating Heli-Hike. This combination of air, land and lake adventures takes you on an incredible helicopter flight before touching down at Luxmore Hut for a half-day hike on the Kepler Track, concluding with a boat ride across the lake.  

Stellar views across Fiordland from above

Stellar views across Fiordland from above

For the perfect dose of adventure, nature and fun, you can’t go past Te Anau. Discover the beauty of Aotearoa’s deep southern wilderness whilst learning more about its fascinating natural and cultural history, as you create plenty of unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.  

  • We travelled the South Island for 12 days and this is the best place we stayed. We stayed for 2 nights and found our suite to be clean, warm, comfortable, modern and spacious. All the amenities were above and beyond…the large soft towels, the nice fluffy dressing gowns, a spacious bathroom with nice little touches added and a great kitchenette. Kerri welcomed us warmly and helped us with dinner recommendations. When we come back to NZ we will definitely be staying here again and can’t wait to catch up with Kerri.
    Collette H – September 23  Read Reviews
  • An absolute must stay if you’re in Te Anau. Kerri was the most incredible host to us, going above and beyond. The rooms are wonderful, with lots of lovely extra touches and very well equipped kitchen too! Beds were so comfy and the linen was really nice. The views from the room was spectacular and it was lovely and warm. Great room and space for travelling with young children too!
    Sophie M – August 23  Read Reviews
  • The quality of everything was amazing. You can tell how much detail has been put into everything. It looks freshly renovated and the location is perfect walking distance to town. Kerri kindly provided us with options of places to eat and explore. Feels more like a "Hotel" then a "Motel".
    Mel H – August 23  Read Reviews
  • Occasionally, you find a great hotel. This is one. We booked online after having read good reviews. Sat right on the front with views over the lake, and only a few steps from town. We really enjoyed our two night stay. The welcome was fabulous, lots of good advice of where to go and where we should go to eat and drink. The room was superb, a separate living area and bedroom. There is a comfy big sofa, looking out towards the lake and a more than extremely comfortable bed. A great effort has been made to make Radfords stand out above others, and it shows. I would suggest that in a three week visit to NZ, this was the nicest place we stayed.
    Paul W – September 23  Read Reviews
  • the location is excellent, in central Te Anau, with a view over the lake.  The accommodation is really good, it's a small apartment with a kitchenette so you can cook (with induction plates, microwave, toaster...) and even including a dish washer. A breakfast can be ordered, one that is both substantial & healthy. You will meet Kerri, who's extremely friendly, smiling, and flexible. She  loves to give recommendations for places to eat at, things to do, etc. I warmly recommend Radfords on the Lake!
    ExploreFeelGood – August 23  Read Reviews
  • Sometimes you just have a feeling that you are welcome and people really care about you as a guest. This is the case at Radfords on the Lake. We had been back to Te Anau for another stay and when we walked in to check in, we were greeted with a big smile and Kerri came out to gave me a big hug. It has been years that we have been there and she still remembered everything about us. In one word, everything was just perfect.
    Wala69 – August 23  Read Reviews

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We always get asked how close we are to the centre of town, so we thought we’d show you! Come with us on our short, flat 7 minute walk from Te Anau town centre back to the lake views from Radfords.
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Throwback Thursday! Reminiscing on a great night at the @hospitalitynz Awards for Excellence 2023 back in June. While we didn't win on the night, we were super proud to be a finalist alongside some fantastic motels. And it's always fun to get dressed up in the big city and celebrate our great industry with all our industry friends.
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If you're visiting us during school holidays and your looking for some family friendly activities, make sure a visit to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves with @real.newzealand  is top of your list. This unique Fiordland experience is not to be missed. We can help you make a booking before you arrive or chat to our friendly team when you check-in.

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We made the most of the gorgeous spring weather over the weekend and got out to enjoy one of our favourite things to do in Te Anau, -  a stroll along the lakefront. A must do when you visit us.
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Wow! We can't believe it's the first day of spring. While we love the cosy winter nights we are ready for the longer days and warmer temps. We're looking forward to evenings on the patio sipping a glass of Rosé. Who is planning a Fiordland adventure this spring?

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Fiordland is full of adventures, but after a day of exploring Radfords on the Lake is the perfect place to come back to and relax. Our luxurious rooms provide you with a cosy sanctuary, so you can reflect and recharge on your day. 

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Picture perfect moments at the Te Anau jetty. A popular spot for photographers. Have you visited this Instagram famous spot in Te Anau?

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While we are a small team at Radfords on the Lake, all team members, both human and feline play an important part ensuring our guests have a great time. Dexter Dude is our resident sun snoozer but loves nothing more than a cuddle from our guests. A social fellow is our Dexter and to us he is just purr-fect. So as today is #internationalcatday we celebrate our favourite furry feline friend. 

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Once you've booked your stay with us here at Radfords on the Lake, did you know we can help you plan and book all your Fiordland activities? Fiordland is our home so let us help you make the most of this special place so you don't miss a thing.

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Golden hour at Radfords on the Lake. 

Winter in the National Park is beautiful but we do miss those long, hot summer days.

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Fiordland National Park is a hikers paradise and Te Anau is the gateway to the National Park. Radfords on the Lake is the perfect place to base yourself for all your Fiordland adventures. Relax in comfort and style in one of our luxurious lakeside apartments after a day of exploring. 

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