If you're looking for a place to get away from it all and relax, or a place to find unexpectedly fun and kind people, Get Real Backpackers is the place to go. You won't find it in any BBH guide; it's New Zealand's best kept hostel secret, which is why you'll find only the most fun and adventurous people there. Not that it's hard to find--there are plenty of signs and Brent can pick you up in Nelson, 25 minutes away. It might seem like a far distance from the city, but you won't want to leave Get Real Backpackers once you arrive at the top of the little mountain (and if you do, there are plenty of ways to get to Nelson). The rooms are amazing--no bunk beds, just separate comfy beds in lofty-ceilinged rooms. The house has been describe by many guests as "their dream house" and once you see the bright spacious rooms, you'll understand.
To give you a picture of my stay at Get Real Backpackers, I called Brent from the Nelson i-site and he picked me up, no problem. As soon as I got to the house and saw my room, I knew I wanted to stay there longer. There was plenty of friendly company downstairs but absolutely no pressure to be social, which was nice after hiking the Abel Tasman and just wanting to rest. While at Get Real, Brent gave me a ride up the long driveway on a dirtbike, his friend took us on a car ride through a creek and to the top of the hill/mountain, a wwoofer drove me and 4 others in a trailer attached to a quad on a bumpy fun ride up to see the sunset, and Brent took us swimming nearby to a place with a cliff and a rope swing to jump from.
I only stayed for three days, but I will never forget the spectacular time I had at Get Real Backpackers. I came to find a bed and instead I found the first place that felt like home during my two months in New Zealand. Whatever you're looking for, you will find it at Get Real Backpackers. Tell your friends, neighbors, strangers you meet on the street--this is a secret you'll want to share.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a fantastic location with beautiful panoramic views across the valley through to Nelson and out to sea. We offer private and dorm rooms as well as space for camper vans and tents to stay. We are animal friendly and have self service in the kitchen all through the day and a great breakfast to offer with fresh pancakes. ... more less