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“Murchison not for some; Lazy cow - for everyone!”

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Lazy Cow Backpackers
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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“Murchison not for some; Lazy cow - for everyone!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

Unplanned stop on the way to Nelson; Murchison held little promise but hope springs from the most unexpected of places. Welcoming staff and a beautiful room with warm colours, wicked electric blankets, and wonderful furnishings.

The kitchen was full of cow-character, the dining room covered in cow drawings and the lounge offering more puzzles than any mind could truly comprehend.

The bathroom even had a spa-bath and sneaky-holographic-cow toilet seat.

All sorts of positive!

Room Tip: We got the Ambrosia room. Verry nice.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013 via mobile

This was my favourite hostel out of all we stayed at in NZ. The bathrooms were not brand new but they were conveniently situated and clean. We liked the room, kitchen, living room and the terrace very much. The atmospehere was family and friendly and the place felt very cosy. We bought eggs from for breakfast that were just collected from the hens at the backyard and were treated by chocolate cake after dinner. Very recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

A comfortable stay for my husband and daughter and I. Clean. Well equipped kitchen. Restaurant onsite if desired or 2 others within walking distance. As Hostel stays go, this was a good one. Would recommend and stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Galway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

I'd be tempted to say this place was like a home away from home, but in fact it was more like returning home, or at least staying with a close friend or relative! The hostel was very cozy with a friendly and laidback atmosphere. With a fire burning in the common area, and electric blankets (though I didn't need to use it) and heaters in the room, there was no question of being anything but toasty!

Home-made cake (first slice free) and eggs from their own chickens (50cent each) were nice touches. Also loved the wall of "lazy cow" pictures from previous guests!

Some free internet (I think it was 20MB) was appreciated, where many places in New Zealand charge for any internet access.

I only stayed one night, as there was not much else to keep me in Murchison (a quaint, picturesque little town, but wouldn't have stayed longer after wandering through), but I would definitely recommend the hostel to anyone who was passing through.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2012

Specially if you go at the wintertime, is perfect, warm, and every beds have electric blanket.
The owners are the most kindly people.
Clean, tidy and comfortable, you also can watch movies and eat great caked hand made.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

We ended up at the Lazy Cow after the pass was closed and - in the freezing weather - decided to splash out on a room instead of another night in the campervan. It was only $74 for a double, which was a steal. The place was warm and welcoming, with a wood burner and a huge selection of DVDs, as well as some free (but limited time) wi-fi. The hosts were great and really looked after us - we were sorry to leave, but happy we'd found the place! Murchison doesn't have much happening, but if you need a decent place to stay and fancy a change from a campervan, it's worth coming here - especially in winter!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

This place was amazing. We stayed by accident as we thought Murchison was where the Nelson Lakes originated from, but fell in love with the Lazy Cow. Great hospitality. Cake on arrival (well needed after a long day of driving), and a great home cooked meal (we had the cow Pie, which I highly recommend)! Good log fire and electric blankets! would recommend to anyone!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Lazy Cow Backpackers
Address: 37 Waller St, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Murchison
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Murchison
Number of rooms: 6

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