Came down to attend a function for the week and couldn't have been happier with the service that was provided by Tasman Bay Backpackers. Everything was perfect, from the friendly staff and the nice rooms to the free chocolate pudding every night. Thanks for the great stay. Will definitely be back. Tobias
This is a hostel that you wouldn't want to leave, and many end up extending their stay, including me! I was booked in for one night, but after meeting some great people and feeling so comfortable here that I extended for another night. One of their best perks has to be the free use of bikes and also free chocolate pudding (more like a lava cake) every night at 8pm! Kitchens are very functional, the bathrooms are clean and beds are comfortable. Nothing much else you could ask for. Highly recommended. Not a party hostel so if you're looking for that this is not the place for you.
The hostel has a warm atmosphere and lots of lovely little details (e. g. hot water bottles, shopping bags to borrow, a small herb garden, a book exchange). However, the walls are paper thin and we only got undisturbed sleep between 2 am and 6 am.
Stayed initially for two nights in a 3-bed dorm. Extended for an initial night as we really enjoyed Nelson and the hostel itself. Really nice, family vibe. Every spotless. Kitchen decent too. The 8pm nightly free choc pud is a must-try! Staff really helpful for organising activities or tours. Will be back. Thank you :-)
Very warm and friendly and welcoming hosts. They went above and beyond in every way to make my stay memorable. For eg. I had traveled over 30 hours before I reached the hostel, my check in time was supposed to be 12 noon I recall (still much earlier than all others who only allow check in at 2 pm). I reached there by about 9 /9.30 am, and to my utter surprise they were kind enough to accommodate me and allowed me to take my room. It made a huge difference to me, given my tired condition then. The next day for some reason I had a small debacle with one of the tour bookings and that threatened that I would have to stay in the hotel instead of checking out if I couldn't go on the tour. They assured me they would keep the only vacant room then available in the hostel for me until my issue was sorted out. The issue got resolved and I went on the tour, but I cannot thank them enough for this gesture, it allowed me to tackle the issue with a calm mind. They also retained my belongings when I went on a trip to Abel Tasman and held it in their storage room under lock and key until I checked in again. The hostel vibes are very positive, the chocolate pudding idea is fantastic apart from the chocolate being delicious, it allows everyone to mingle. Enough wash rooms and toilets, clean place, good drying area. It is an easy walk from the market, more so the walk is a very pleasant one, as the route is nice too. The hostel is in a very nice residential area, so gives a good feel of Nelson. If I go back to Nelson, I would make sure I stay here again.…