The Artists of Fiordland We Love!

December 7, 2021

The Artists of Fiordland We Love!

With breathtaking landscapes and picture-perfect scenery around every corner, it’s no wonder that so many artists are inspired by these awe-inspiring surroundings to create stunning pieces of art. Whether you’re staying in Te Anau or just driving through, take some time for a creative break and gain an appreciation for our talented artistic community.  

A great place to start your Te Anau art journey is by popping into the Fiordland Gallery of Fine Art, just down the road from Radfords on the Lake. Home to a diverse selection of works, you’ll encounter creations from artists right across the region. Browse the ever-changing exhibition featuring abstract and contemporary art-themed on the wilderness and wildlife of Fiordland, and you may even find the perfect piece to purchase and take home with you. Depending on when you visit, you might meet one of the friendly artists in the gallery to strike up a conversation with – and become inspired to reignite your own creative streak. 

Local artist from Fiordland

Brilliant works from local artist Tony Bridge

It’s impossible to leave Fiordland without capturing pictures of the magical scenery, but if you’re looking for tips and tricks to improve your iPhone camera skills, local photographer William Patino is here to help. Upgrade your low-resolution shots to become truly eye-catching photographs on a multi-day workshop with William, to learn new techniques as well as the expressive side of photography. Having been behind the camera since 2012, his works offer a unique lens on the local landscapes  his emphasis on light and atmosphere portrays the raw and wild beauty found within nature’s fleeting momentsPrints of his photography are also available to be purchased online, the perfect visual souvenir to adorn your lounge, office or bedroom.   

William Patino’s photograph

William Patino’s photographs of Wet Jacket Arm

Across in Wānaka, Steve Rumore, owner of Steve Rumore Sculptures and Metal Worksspecialises in creating oneofakind metal sculptures with stunning detail. Working with metal for over 35 years, his aesthetic eye meets engineering precision to create unique pieceinspired by the surrounding natural environmentBrowse his gallery and you’ll see his passion, vision, and experience brought to life in wondrous ways. 

Local artist Fiordland

Wanaka sculptor Steve Rumore’s ‘Ode to Wind’

Also based in Wānaka is painter Susie Ruddenklau, an award-winning artist that’s been referred to as ‘the grande dame of Wānaka’s art scene’. Susie’s ‘big picture’ paintings convey a variety of emotions and allow you to imagine yourself in the atmosphere, as you absorb every vibrant and colourful detail. Don’t miss Susie’s popular watercolour workshops, set in her lush garden studio, if you’re seeking hands-on experience.

painting of southland lake

Time your visit to align with a local pop-up exhibition or art show – Fiordland Arts Society and Manapouri Art Group host regular events and often have works on display that acknowledge the fine talents of both up-and-coming and established local artists. 

Discovering a destination through its art uncovers unique stories about its history, its culture, and its landscapes – and this holds true in Te Anau. Whether seeing your favorite location in Fiordland National Park through an eye-catching photograph or painting or being left awe-struck by nature-inspired sculptures, you don’t need to be an art expert to connect with the spectacular masterpieces that await on your next visit to Fiordland. 

  • "From the easy parking to the super warm welcome from Kerri & the brilliant night's sleep - what's not to like at Radfords? Great location - 5 mins walk to the main street, 10-12 mins at most to the farthest restaurant - 2 mins to the seaplane, 5 mins to the heliport & 30 seconds to the lakeside - so well positioned. Rooms large, fast Wifi, did I say comfy bed? Large bathrooms & well-equipped kitchenettes & spotlessly clean rooms - each had a lovely spot to sit outside for an afternoon wine. Kerri is a hive of information about the local sights & eats - upon her recommendation, we ate at Redcliff & Fat Duck - both fantastic. If you have time do the Heli-Hike with Southern Lakes Heli to the Kepler Track - all-day activity but SO worth it."
    KiwiNZExplorer – April 2022 – Queenstown, New Zealand  Read Reviews
  • "What a magical stay... the best accommodation and most impressive host during our two-week SI road trip. Kerri was so warm, and helpful and gave us the best tips for our stay (Redcliff's Restaurant and the Cruise Milford experiences were amazing). The location of the property was perfect, with views of the lake and the rooms were beautiful... exactly how they look in the photos. Stunningly fitted out, comfortable bed and the added benefit of great kitchenette facilities to prepare your own breakfast, if preferred. We, (two couples) would definitely return."
    Robin B – May 2022  Read Reviews
  • "Fantastic time staying at Radfords, the service was outstanding, great recommendations, and beautiful rooms. We are a family of 5 and it was a nice home away from home for our 2 night stay, wish we could have stayed longer."
    Jess G – June 2022  Read Reviews
  • "Kerri the owner was very warm, friendly & super helpful. She made us welcome right from the start! The rooms were very spacious & the decor was lovely. The beds were super comfy. We had a superb view over-looking the lake. The motels were within easy walking g distance to town & the restaurants etc. We would definitely recommend this place to stay."
    PaulaMM – April 2022  Read Reviews

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Three generations working together ♥️ with the next generation not far away from learning the ropes! 

With Mother’s Day just around the corner it got me thinking how lucky I am to be surrounded by these amazing ladies. 

Left to right Shelley, Phyllis, Kerri. Katie was unfortunately unable to be here for the photos. 

We hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday 🌸 

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Relax and enjoy a much deserved getaway on us!

Wake up to majestic views and locally sourced in-room breakfast, experience some of Te Anau’s many unique activities and amazing restaurants on offer.

We are giving you the chance to win a 2 night stay @radfordsonthelake follow instructions below to go in the draw.


🌟Two nights accommodation for two people in our Premier Lakeview Studio

🌟 Locally sourced in-room continental breakfast each day

🌟 $100 restaurant voucher to dine at a Te Anau restaurant of your choice

🌟 Movie tickets to watch local film Ata Whenua 


👉 Follow @radfordsonthelake 

👉 Tag the person you would like to treat to a weekend away (each tag is an entry)

👉 Share to your story and tag us for an extra entry

Good luck 🤞 

T & C’s

Closes 4th April at 7pm and winner will be announced that week.
Prize must be redeemed before 30/09/22
Need a Valentines gift for your loved one? ♥️ 

Book a romantic getaway in Te Anau and soak up the scenery together!

Mention this post at time of booking to receive a complimentary gift on arrival.

Valid until 28/2/22

Golden hour 🌅 taken on dusk just before the sun disappeared 

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We were stoked to be able to host these lovely ladies @brodiejeankane @jokane80 over the weekend while Brodie knocked the Luxmore Grunt off! Great to see all their stories out and about enjoying what Te Anau has to offer and we can’t wait to host them again to share more. 

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.

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

That’s all from me for the month. Catch you next time! 
🐾 all my fluffy love, Dexter.