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The Bug Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
“Simply Awesome! ”
Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Thank you so much guys, this place is so welcoming, modern and friendly just the perfect combination for travelling alone or with friends. Owners couldn't do more to help. Well recommended! Nelson it self is also a great place to come and explore! Thanks again. Adam (Dorset, UK)

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

First things first, it is a bit of a walk to get to from downtown, its about 20-25 minutes to the i-Site but it seems longer with your backpack. They will however happily pick you up and drop you off from//to town so fear not if you are not one for walking.

I stayed a night when I first arrived before heading into Abel Tasman the following morning. I was put in the London room (even being on the other side of the world, I still cant escape London!), which had only three single beds (not bunks) which was a result, a seriously good nights sleep. When I returned, I stayed in the large dorm room, which was still pretty comfy, even though I was in a top bunk, which I try to avoid. Plenty of space and a shelf to put your phone for the early morning alarm (the little things are nice).

All of the facilities are clean and well organized and they serve fresh bread in the mornings although you need to get in early as it goes pretty quick. The communal area is like a typical living room, not huge but set up to create a good social atmosphere and both nights I stayed after returning from Abel Tasman I enjoyed with the other guests. Not really a place to party however (for those that want that), I am sure Paradiso would fit the bill for that (just be warned...it was pretty crazy when I visited).

And that's that, The Bug should definitely be considered for your stay in Nelson, I would happily go back. Enjoy Nelson and Abel Tasman should you be using the town as a hub. Any questions, let me know.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Berea, Kentucky
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

This is a great little hostel in a good location. It has a home-like atmosphere. The room size is adequate with comfortable beds. Each bed has a wall socket and two small shelves on which to place your things. The kitchen area is spacious and clean. There is a comfortable outside garden area for socializing. There is even free, fresh-baked bread every morning! The bathrooms were clean. Only two things missing: 1) A shelf or basket on the wall in the shower for your shampoo/soap, so that you do not have to put it on the floor, and 2) maybe an extra hook in the bathroom. Yes, it seems trivial, but these little things really do make a difference (to me). Very friendly and helpful staff as well. Overall a great stay!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Cannonvale, Australia
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We've just had a two night stay at the bug! It is without doubt the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in and I've travelled for 9 weeks around Australia and NZ. The rooms are like hotel rooms. We had a room with a shared bathroom but it didn't matter because the bathroom is gorgeous. It's not the typical 'hostel bathroom'. It's like your bathroom at home. It's constantly being cleaned and the hand towel changed throughout the day. It's the same story with the kitchen. It was my favorite part of the hostel. The plates and bowls etc all match! It's not like other hostels that you feel like you have bits and bobs from the whole towns car boot sales that the hostel got on the cheap. They even have baking equipment. There is free hot fresh bread baked every morning and served at 7.30. The wifi is good and is free. The staff are lovely! There's free car parking. I could go on and on. If you're coming to Nelson, don't look any further....Stay here. I promise you wont regret it.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Sydney
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2014

It is a very nice place to stay when you are missing the "home" atmosphere. There are not many rooms in the house which make it more relaxing compared to bigger hostels. The owner is a very friendly guy who keeps smiling and always says hi to everybody. Oh bread is included, as well as rice and a lot of dried herbs for cooking. Nice if you like to cook your own dinner. However the doors could be better since some people tend to slam their doors without considering others.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Newcastle
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

We were really impressed with the bug backpackers. Its is by far the best hostel we've stayed in during our trip to New Zealand. We had a double room which was clean, private and homely, the kitchen facilities and garden were perfect and the owners were really friendly and helpful. There was free tea and fresh coffee and delicious freshly baked bread in the morning. We wished we could have stayed longer here! Definitely a must if you're visiting Nelson!

  • Stayed February 2014
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beijing
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

This place is one of the backpackers that I would go out of my way to stay at again. They really go the extra mile with things like free towels, individual bathrooms, soap in the bathrooms, providing free condiments/tea/coffee/rice/spices in the kitchen, free fresh-baked bread every morning, and free wifi (a rarity in NZ!). The beds were comfortable, everything was bright and clean and well-equipped - I can't say enough good things about it. The Bug is a little ways out of town - I'd guess a 20-25 minute walk - but Richard provides free pickup and dropoff to your bus connection, and then there are free loaner bikes at the hostel, so I'd say the distance is no problem at all. In fact I'm developing a theory that the further-out hostels are the best, as the ones in town don't have to make any effort and still get a steady flow of customers. The Bug goes the extra mile and it shows!

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Property: The Bug Backpackers
Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bug Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bug Backpacker is a small, friendly hostel with a welcoming atmosphere. The hostel offers FREE wifi, bikes,lockers in large dorm bedrooms, local pick up/drop off from the bus station and on-site parking. Rooms are clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. Beds are fully made. The Bug has two large, well-equipped kitchens with fresh herbs where you can cook your meals and store your food. The hostel is spread over three houses with a large connecting garden for you to relax. It offers hammocks, foosball and a BBQ. ... more   less 
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