We stayed three nights in their "Rana" cottage while touring the area (particularly Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound). We're glad we did. The cottage was more modern than we had expected -- had lots of space and amenities for just the two of us, very comfortable bed, nice livingroom with wood-burning stove for the evening, big kitchen with all the tools. Just one bath though, so we guess that for its full capacity of 6 people it might get crowded. Great location just next to center of Te Anau. Ray and Leonie were friendly helpful hosts.
We also took Ray's offer to take us on a day trip to Milford Sound, which we went on with two other couples in a small but very comfortable bus up to the Sound. The boat was run by Mitre Peak Tours which we recommend -- smaller, more personalized than the "big" outfits that also run tours at Milford, and bit less costly as well. The Sound is spectacular in either rain or sunshine, in different ways. On the bus trip, Ray talked a bit too much, but then we think all tour guides do [i.e. let the scenery speak for itself], so that's partly just us. It wasn't a serious issue.
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