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“Lovely big room but impossible kitchen”

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BBH Backpackers Hostel Buscot Station
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“Lovely big room but impossible kitchen”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

There were two of us but we were given an enormous room, which was really nice, clean and quiet. There was a great communal atmosphere, more so than anywhere else we stayed in NZ.

But trying to cook in the kitchen at the same time as anyone else was very difficult! Because the hostel is basically just a house, the kitchen is standard size. This would be tricky enough but it's also overflowing with clutter. For one night this was fine but for any more than that it would drive me a bit mad.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Oh Wow! The best accomadtion we stayed while in New Zealand. Tony (the owner) was awesome, superfriendly, providing a lot of interesting stories and useful infos for your trip. There are free range vegetables for free to use.

We have a double room in the main house and our windows looked at Southern Alps. So the dawn just amazing. The kitchens are huge, free space for everyone, the common room with piano, tons of books, tv, etc. just feels like or home. Or more like your best granny's house.

If you staying there, don't forget to watch the night sky. Amazing.

Try to be there before dusk, as its not so easy to find the junction at night.

One last thing: they are very cheap.

Room Tip: Try to book the room in the main house, above the kitchen.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We enjoyed our 1 night at Tony's. Sweet guy, very family-oriented atmosphere. like Staying at your Uncle's house in NZ...

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

You are really made to feel welcome here, and virtually share the owner's home if you take one of the rooms in the main house. We had a really nice spacious bedroom overlooking the garden. The facilities are all shared, but were kept spotless. You have your own fridge and storage space in the kitchen and can cook and eat there. You can wander round the garden and farm if you want. The farm used to be run by the owner of Buscot, but his son now runs the farming side.
The owner is very helpful and chatty.

Room Tip: Take food with you; no restaurants or groceries nearby.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 January 2011

I stayed with a friend in April 2010 for 3 nights to go see Mount Cook. We were there around Easter so all hostels at Mt Cook NP were booked or very expensive so we stayed at Buscot Station. It has great reviews in the Lonely Planet and with BBH. Tony, the host and owner loves to tell you about the sheep farm which his son runs and on which the hostel is located. The hostel is kind of in the middle of nowhere so hard to get to if you don´t have a car.
It´s a big house with a few bedrooms so you feel like staying with family. THere is a big living room with a TV and DVD player that´s packed with books. Tony usually plays the keyboard in the afternoons. He also has a friendly dog which welcomes you with a loud bark when you get there.
There are usually fresh eggs which you can get for a few cent and there is free tea and real coffee (non-instant).
One of my favorite places in NZ. Would recommend if you want peace and quiet. It´s popular with older travellers too.
Thanks to Tony for a memorable stay!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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Huntington Station
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Reviewed 5 January 2011

We spent our New Year's eve here, loved it. Tony was helpful, friendly, as was his staff. He was very informative, and liked talking politics with us. We had a private room, clean, comfortable beds, my daughter fell in love with his dog, I did, too. We all loved his lamb! My partner and our daughter have been on the road for 4 months, this was a wonderful relaxing place to stay, with amazing scenery!! The kitchen was very clean, well-stocked. The bathroom was roomy, very clean. His frontyard was gorgeous, with flowers, a beautiful scene of mountains and valleys, hiking right outside the door--located on a sheep farm, off the main highway, but not next to the sheep--it was quiet. I would highly recommend this hostel! We had a great start of 2011 here!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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London, England
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Reviewed 4 August 2010

Buscott Station is a working sheep and cattle station, situated in Mackenzie country, close to Omarama.

On arrival you can’t help but notice the beautiful roses and the huge, well-tended garden as you drive up to the homestead.

The main house is essentially the owner Tony’s home and holds private rooms and smaller shared rooms. He shares his lovely kitchen, dining room, living room and veranda with all travelers, providing guests with a home-stay experience, not just with a warm bed and shower. Tony is really kind, attentive and friendly, and you will feel welcome and well cared for from the moment you enter his home. The charming living room is full of pictures, antiques, books and DVDs.

The dormitory is in a separate building, has 10 or so good quality, single beds all made up, and includes a small bathroom. The spacious room is clean, nicely decorated, and no two beds are the same. I am normally not a fan of big dorm rooms, but this one has such an eclectic and homey flair and is very pleasant to stay in.

If you want a truly personal experience out in the country, choose Tony’s place. He really loves what he does, taking care of his land and sharing his property, and has a genuine interest in his traveling guests. What results from that is great company and outstanding hospitality in beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: BBH Backpackers Hostel Buscot Station
Address: Rapid No 912, SH 8, Omarama, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Omarama
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Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Omarama
Number of rooms: 3

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