The Lazy Cow might just be the main attraction of tiny Murchison: as hotels go, this one is the best so far, and the chances that I will like another one better are really small. Like Murchison itself, the hostel is small. In fact, it obviously used to be someone's home that has been converted to a hostel. It is located right in the centre of Murchison (if such a tiny place even has a centre), and there are cafes and restaurants in easy walking distance.
The rooms were extremely comfortable and painted in warm colours. Every bed had an electric blanket, there were heaters in every room and the common room featured a fireplace, so no matter the season, you will never get cold here.
The bathrooms were perfectly clean and spacious, more like your bathroom at home than the usual hostel shower cubicles.
The kitchen was extremely well-equipped with a selection of free spices and herbs and free cooking oil as well as free tea and coffee. For 50 cents, you could get an egg from the chickens living in the backyard. Upon arrival, I got a free home-made muffin (which was very delicious). The whole place is decorated with cows, there is a whole wall covered in drawings (again, mostly of cows) from previous guests, and the toilet seat even has a 3D cow on it!
Aside from the usual facilities, this hostel also offers a deck with a BBQ and a big garden out the back.
The welcome was very warm and everyone at the hostel was extremely friendly. I loved my stay here, it felt more like staying with friends than like a hostel. The atmosphere was very personable and warm, everything was clean and well-maintained. The bed (and everything else) was very comfortable. This was definitely my favourite hostel so far! The only (tiny) drawback: like in many hostels in New Zealand, you have to pay for your internet.