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Lazy Cow Backpackers
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

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.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We had the only remaining room available for us as we were a late check in - the double with en suite. Up to the highest standard of a top motel. Loved the cake and the outlook. Ali was helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Great hostel, super comfy with all the features of home (and the best wood burning stove) and a real homely feel to it. It is very different to some of the huge hostels you stay at around NZ and therefore much more personable. The owners are great and super friendly, cannot recommend it enough!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Joe H
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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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Thank jadiejuju
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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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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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Thank cacl3
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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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Thank Jade O
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Additional Information about Lazy Cow Backpackers

Address: 37 Waller Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Murchison
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Murchison
Number of rooms: 6

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