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Westhamman_11
Christchurch, New Zealand

An Oasis after a days biking

Review of Cowboy Paradise
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Apr 2017
We were a group of 9 and after a days biking from Kumara coming down the hill and onto the flat of Cowbay Paradise was an Oasis. Our room was dry, the bed comfortable and the shower hot. What more do you need. The evening meal was delicious and plentiful and for those who want to stay up late there is music, DVD's and plenty of board games. A must when biking the Wilderness Trail.
Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

    This place is what you make it. The rooms are fantastic and the main lodge is perfect. We had a ball, the music cranked and drinks flowed until late. Mike certainly has a vision that's yet to be finished but it's lots of fun. A very worthwhile stop on the cycle trail.

    Date of stay: April 2017
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 15 April 2017

    You may get mixed reviews of Cowboy Paradise before you you go, but I can assure you that if you go with the flow, put on a hat and realise that this is the only show in town, you are in for a treat. The rooms are clean and comfortable - comfy bed, hot showers, and even a hair dryer! The communal roast dinner was delicious and plentiful. The extensive bar was open and accommodated every request. Land owner, Mike Milne, was a trip in himself. His eccentric manner and passionate vision made Cowboy Paradise a highlight of our trip. Keep an open mind, have a wine, put on a hat and get in the cowboy spirit. I hope all Mike's visions come true!

    Room tip: Three ensuite rooms that sleep 4 - all the same - 2 bunks and a double.
    Date of stay: February 2017
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    Reviewed 16 February 2017

    Cowboys Paradise is a dream which is still developing, and its great to be part of the experience. The ensuite cabins are well appointed, very warm and the beds comfortable. The evening meal was plentiful and filling wholesome food.

    Date of stay: January 2017
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

    We were a party of 25 - taking up all the rooms - even those that were still unfinished! For those in the new suites all was good with their ensuites, carpeted floors, etc - the rest if us did ok but had to go outside to use the communal ablution block as our rooms had yet to be visited by a plumber.

    Still no one complained because we all got a good nights sleep after a traditional kiwi feed and plenty of beer and wine - next mornings continel breakfast at 9 was good - plenty of food for everyone.

    Worth another visit in a few years once the cash flow allows them to complete the building and it stops looking like a building sute.

    Date of stay: January 2017
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

    Good stuff: views to die for, a comfy bed, a roof over my head during torrential rain, and a hearty, tasty meal which was very welcome and appreciated after a day of biking. All those basics were done well and that's what counted for me. Andrea, a young German woman was clearly keeping the show on the road and was doing a very good job and working very hard to do so.

    Things to know: expect what is essentially a construction site. Lots of things are half finished. Aesthetics are not attended to or a priority and building materials are scattered around the site, which is in a stunning location. I would have faced the cabins in the other direction so the verandah looked out over the valley / lovely views. Instead they look into the street and a shooting range!

    The location of Cowboy Paradise makes it an ideal spot to stop and I would not hesitate to stay again to see how progress is going. But book early to secure accommodation and keep your expectations realistic. It's rough around the edges.

    Date of stay: January 2017
    Trip type: Travelled solo
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