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Radfords on the Lake
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Reviewed August 27, 2008

Location: A short walk from the middle of the town, and as the name would suggest just across from Lake Te Anau.

Rooms: Par for the motel course. Quite basic with small TVs and a little kitchenette. Bathroom wasn't a bad size though. For the paranoid it might be worth noting that you might want to put valuables away or out of sight since we came back and found when the room was made up the curtains over the balcony doors (where you enter) were left open. However, New Zealand is very safe so I doubted whether to even mention this!

Service: The lady at the front desk/office was great! When we arrived it was raining and she asked if we wanted or needed any umbrellas during our stay, or for a walk into town. Offered to help us out with any bookings or excursions and gave handy restaurants recommendations.

Facilities: Wifi is available at a cost but we were at the end of the block facing the lake and could barely get a signal.

Summary: Quite a pleasant place, it isn't a luxury experience but then it doesn't try to be one. If you're looking for somewhere to be based whilst visiting Milford or Doubtful Sound then you'll do fine here.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank OP2002
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

My partner and I stayed here for two nights in June '07 on our loop of the South Island. We enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Radfords Lakeview motel! The best part was the friendly reception and the owners were so welcoming and helpful. The rooms were absolutely spotless, with all offering a view of the Lake. Outside every room, there was a little table and chairs on the verandah - would be nice to sit out there on a nice summer evening! The rooms were well equipped with good heating, a small kitchen, TV, fridge. The bathroom was very clean and spacious. On the second night we splashed out on a spa room. Very nice! The beds were very comfortable and the towels were large and fluffy! I can't think of anything bad at all about this place, and would highly recommend it to anyone. If I were to go to Te Anau again I know where I am staying!

  • Stayed: June 2007
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Reviewed June 2, 2008

We had an overnight stay in Te Anau for our family of 5 during the April school holidays and chose Radfords Lakeview Motel purely on Tripadvisor reviews.

Even though our stay at this motel was limited to a fairly late aftertoon arrival and very early departure I would have to say we unanimously agreed it was one of the better motels we stayed in on our two week trip.

The unit was a two bedroom upstairs arrangement that was clean, bright, modern and comfortable. Beds and shower were fine. The view out over the lake was great and the motel is just a short stroll from the centre of Te Anau and the jetty where boat and Glow Worm Cave tours depart.

The owners are very friendly and were most helpful in suggesting dining options when tired travellers arrive with little clue or inspiration.

Te Anau is a very pleasant and picturesque town. There was nothing to fault or dislike about the town or this motel and we would be happy to stay again. Highly recommended for families from our experience.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank Austin-Powers63
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

Stayed at the Radfords Lakeview Motel for two nights 3 and 4 May 2008. I had stayed at this Motel in 2002 under different management and found it a marvellous experience. This time was no different and the manager, Kerry, was both very helpful and attentive to our needs. We booked a Glow worm tour ( highly recommended) through the motel ( no extra charge) immediately upon arrival and within 90 minutes were on our way to see them. We had also booked our Milford Sound trip the next day through the motel and this also worked to perfection. Take about two to three hours by car as the views to Milford Sound are truly breathtaking. Ask at the local garage though about road conditions ( in winter the carrying of chains is mandatory - wonder how many people do this though!) as the road is somewhat notorious for black ice and sudden snow etc. We had no trouble driving there although the car was covered in ice at 9.00 am and the temp. was minus1 C.
We went on Mitre Peak cruises and they are very , very good - only small numbers of people ( we had about 30 on our midday cruise) and they go out of the sound into the sea. We also were incredibly lucky and saw 2 pods of dolphins - really stunning - and the skipper stopped engines and we drifted very close along side them - really a highlight!
The motel rooms are spacious, exceptionally clean and well equipped for warmth ( electric blankets a real luxury). A well equipped kitchenette and good bathroom was also a bonus. The rooms still looked fresh and the views from the balcony ( try and get a first floor room) are really stunning across the lake. We really enjoyed our stay and felt it a highlight of our New Zealand trip. Thanks Kerry you have a really quality property and I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it to other travellers.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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2  Thank mkh1
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Reviewed April 6, 2008

My husband, 2 children (12 & 9 yrs.), & I stayed three nights at the wonderful Radfords Lakeview Motel from 22 - 25 March. Our spacious 2-bedroom ensuite family unit was spacious and had lovely views of the lake and mountains. The unit had a kitchen and included coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and a small container of milk. The motel also had laundry facilities.

The location was marvelous with only a 5-minute walk by the lake to the town center and only a 2-minute walk to the Real Journey's Centre where we booked our glowworm cave tour. You can also pick up Doubtful and Milford Sound excursions from this Centre.

We had a couple nice meals in Te Anau; one of them at Kepler's Restaurant. The service and food were both very good. I would NOT recommend the Redcliffe Cafe where the chef will NOT cook your meal to your likings/specifications, though he should at the prices they're charging.

We also saw the "Ata Whenua Shadowland" cinema feature about the greater Fiordland region and really enjoyed it. Overall, we loved Te Anau and the Radfords Lakeview Motel.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank KailuaGal
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