About Us

Stef and family
Myself and Adrian with Jasmine and Mahe on top of Gertrude Saddle – Fiordland – February 2012

Te Anau Holiday Houses is operated by myself, Steff Braaksma and my husband Adrian. We have spent approximately 9 years in Fiordland together and love it! Adrian’s family was orginally from Invercargill so he has spent many years in the Manapouri and Te Anau areas.

I came here after completing a 3 year Diploma in Outdoor and Recreation in Christchurch. Came down to Milford Sound to work as a sea kayak guide for Rosco’s Milford kayaks. We both enjoyed the freedom of working the summer season in Fiordland then travelling overseas during the off season! We have travelled extensively through Africa, Alaska, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.

After a few years traveling we decided it was time to get a base and stay put! So we brought a house in Te Anau, that certainly kept us in New Zealand! But gave us the opportunity of exploring Fiordland! We do really enjoy getting out and about climbing, tramping, biking, mountaineering and sea kayaking.

We have both worked for the Department of Conservation and I have been operating the Fiordland Massage Clinic for 5 years now. We took over Te Anau Holiday Houses in October 2010. Adrian still works for the Department of Conservation as the Avalanche Control Ranger during the winter / spring months and does various contracting work in summer while also helping me a bit with the houses and caring for our two children! Yes we are busy but enjoying life still!

Fiordland Massage Clinic is still in operation and is based out of the Distinction Hotel and Villas. The clinic has two therapists so operates 7 days a week from 10am – 8pm during the summer months.

With loads of experience in the Fiordland area we are happy to assist with your itineraries and can provide home options to meet your families needs.

Fiordland has such a variety of options available for everyone. We believe holiday houses provide the ideal accommodation to use as a base for enjoying this area and are a great option for people to take some time out from traveling to spread out and enjoy some “home away from home” comfort. With our love of Fiordland, and our enjoyment at greeting visitors to the region, it is our pleasure to welcome and share our knowledge of this region with you.

We look forward to chatting with you soon.

Kind regards Steff & Adrian