Tasman Bay Backpackers
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Tasman Bay Backpackers

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4.5
#1 of 21 hostels in Nelson
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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The fire is roaring, the atmosphere's relaxed, the hostel's warm, spacious yet homely. During these Covid times we welcome longer-stays for travellers and can help you to get work (lots available in Nelson year round). We like to think TBB is like your favourite café - great music, friendly, genuine people. Free Hot Chocolate pudding & ice cream served every night of the year. Inner sprung mattresses throughout the hostel. Currently trialling - Free weekly yoga, movie nights and guests BBQ's. Reliable/Fast Internet - great for working remotely or studying. Off-street parking. Central but quiet location.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycles available
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Wifi
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Sun terrace
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Safe
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Quirky Hotels
Languages Spoken
English, Dutch, German

Location

10 Weka Street, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
286Reviews2Q+A21Room tips

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Bayjb wrote a review Jan 2020
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I really liked my stay at Tasman Bay Backpackers. I had a car and didn't want to deal w/parking in Nelson's CBD (especially over holidays) so that lead me to select this place. And I'm glad I did. There is a small parking lot but also a ton of residential street parking. You're 15 minute walk to the CBD, walkable distance too to a few grocery stores (although car is easier if you're picking up multiple items).

There is laundry on-site but dryers are small so use the lines outside, kitchen gets jammed but is well stocked and there are a ton of fridges for cold stuff. Wifi is also great and works well in the rooms.

I was in a 4-bed and had plenty of room when we were full. Each person had their own part of the room for storage and it was pretty cool with windows open. But, there is no insulation in any room (as is common in NZ) so you can hear EVERYTHING. It can get really loud in the kitchen and common areas below the rooms and in the hallways.

Showers and bathrooms are good and clean. Can be busy in the AM but otherwise fine. Nice seating areas outside in front and behind the hostels.

The nightly "pudding" at 8pm is a cake with ice cream and pudding topping. And you should really go at 8pm because they can run out. It's not the most incredible cake I've had but I love that they do it and am sad I will have less of it in my nightly routine.

No real complaints overall. Would absolutely stay again and recommend it.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Triflyer wrote a review Jan 2020
India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: April 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Stephen-Aust wrote a review Nov 2023
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a really nice hostel. We stayed in a private room but used the kitchen, laundry and dining area. Enjoyed the chocolate pudding. The description of the Backpackers is very honest. We could hear a bit of noise from the kitchen which was near our room but is was just a gentle chatter or clatter. It didn't disturb us and I actually don't mind mild background noise. Like living somewhere with other people moving about. Was quiet late at night.
Laundry charge was quite modest and less than another Hostel entity charged when I stayed there in 2019.
There was some wear and tear such as a leaky tap in the kitchen, but very clean.
Stayed 3 nights and would stay again.
They had a small bus so they might pick up people by arrangement but I am not sure as we had use of a car.
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Date of stay: October 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Chocolate pudding. 8pm Take an old book so you can swap it for one of there books. Limited on...
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Response from Georgina Pattullo, Owner at Tasman Bay Backpackers
Responded 3 Dec 2023
Thanks Stephen for taking the time to review us and glad you enjoyed your staff. We are working on maintenance - it's one thing over the last few years that got a bit of a set back with a lack of income due to Covid. But we are onto it now and it feels great to be buying and fixing things.
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Kat wrote a review Apr 2020
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: They try to accommodate requests if possible, i.e. i asked for a bottom bunk.
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Response from georgiep10, Owner at Tasman Bay Backpackers
Responded 21 Apr 2020
hi there, Thank you for your taking the time to review us - it's so nice to hear that you met great people, enjoyed the extra small things and felt comfortable so extended your stay. With the lockdown due to coronovirus at the moment we have a group of guests who have been forced to extend their stay a lot longer than you did. I think they would say similar things to you. It's nice to read your review at such a difficult time. Many thanks.
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Rosie wrote a review Feb 2020
Exeter, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 :-)
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from georgiep10, Owner at Tasman Bay Backpackers
Responded 27 Feb 2020
Hi there - thank you for taking the time to review us. Everything you mention are things we value so it's great it all made for a happy stay for you. And yes please do return - we think we have a pretty special place - the hostel and Nelson of course - even after 20 years of living here I still find new things that I love. Go well for onward travels.
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Climber66334641518 wrote a review Apr 2023
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Really welcoming, a great atmosphere. The chocolate pudding was great! The staff were really accommodating and even emailed me to inform me that one of us left some shorts behind. Would recommend. The only reason for a 4/5 was that in some of the beds, you could feel the springs (Not all though).
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Date of stay: March 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tobias R wrote a review Aug 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nestor G wrote a review Nov 2023
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in the Tasman bay backpackers a few nights, the hostel is very nice and clean, and the location is great, but the receptionist Blake was very unfriendly since I checked in. My last day in the hostel I asked him if a friend could come say goodbye to me as I was leaving Nelson and he said no visits where allowed, although there was an European girl visiting a friend, and it was 6pm (visit time was supposed to be until 8 30). He was very unhelpful and seemed to have a problem with me being there.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Georgina Pattullo, Owner at Tasman Bay Backpackers
Responded 3 Dec 2023
Hi Nestor, Great to hear that you enjoyed the cleanliness & location of our hostel. Regarding having non paying friends over - we have put a lot of thought into this. Where we have got to is this - we prioritise our guests and their experience. If everyone had friends over then that would mean a lot of extras and would impact the vibe of the hostel (and potentially how safe & relaxed our guests feel). My staff do have some flexibility on this depending on a number of different factors. We are lucky to have a great park across the road and many cafe's nearby and we suggest guests meet their friends there or encourage their friends to come join them to stay at the hostel.
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Linn N wrote a review Mar 2024
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked a private room, but ended up sleeping in my car because of bed bugs in my room. The evening guy wasn't helpful at all and seemed to think I could still sleep there, I did not.
The day after I talked to Fran in the reception, she was very kind, helpful and service minded. She informed me that they were doing everything in their power to treat the bugs. She also refunded me for my entire stay, and paid for a new hostel. I was supposed to stay here for two nights.
Fran also emailed me later to check in and to ask how I was doing.
Hostel gets a 3/5 only thanks to Fran, she was a 5/5 in service!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Georgina Pattullo, Owner at Tasman Bay Backpackers
Responded 7 Apr 2024
Hi there, So great to hear that Fran gave you 5/5 service. It is what we aim for. We are sorry about the response you got from our other team member who you spoke to in the evening. Honestly, it’s such a rare occurrence for this to happen. At the time, he had been with us for over a year and it was the first time he’d had this complaint. We have since reviewed this as a team and in hindsight, we would have done something differently. After you left we thoroughly checked the room, hot washed everything, fumigated the room & shut it off for a few days. During this process we didn’t see any further bugs so that was good. Being a busy hostel with travellers arriving from all over the world this does sometimes happen. It’s super annoying. We do our best but even so, the odd bug does get in. I hope the rest of your trip went well.
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neilhassall wrote a review Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our recent stay at Tasman Bay backpackers - we stayed in a immaculate double room, and the initial reception welcome was very friendly. The attention to detail is great here, from the 100% Kiwi soundtrack played in the communal areas through to the free (and delicious) chocolate pudding served nightly at 8pm. Easily one of the best hostels we've stayed in, in NZ (and Nelson is magical anyway).
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Date of stay: March 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lauriebee asked a question Feb 2017
Comox Valley, Canada28 contributions4 helpful votes
We are older, late 50s , are there private rooms or just dorms? Don't mind shared bathroom.
Answer from TasmanBayBP
Hi there, the Double room has shared facilities. The bathrooms/showers are in the hallway away from the rooms. This time of the year the full price applies. Reduced rates apply only in the Winter season. We hope this info helps. Kind regards, Henk-Jan
Stephen-Aust wrote a tip Nov 2023
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chocolate pudding. 8pm Take an old book so you can swap it for one of there books. Limited on site parking. Street parking is free. "
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Kat wrote a tip Apr 2020
Wellington, New Zealand15 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They try to accommodate requests if possible, i.e. i asked for a bottom bunk."
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marilynaudenia wrote a tip Jan 2018
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"The room which has the furthest location from the common room"
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mcgilljohn81 wrote a tip Dec 2016
Greymouth, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Better stay in the first floor"
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Stanley R wrote a tip Feb 2016
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I only saw the triple room, which was great to me. I'd say upstairs, rooms 14-18 would be a little less noisy."
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$69 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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Which popular attractions are close to Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Queen's Gardens (0.7 km), Nelson Saturday Market (0.9 km), and Centre of New Zealand (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nysa Turkish Restaurant, Babagatto, and Harry's Hawker House & Bar.
Is Tasman Bay Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Nelson.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao (1.0 km).
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