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Tasman Bay Backpackers

10 Weka Street, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
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#1 of 52 Speciality lodging in Nelson
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. Free All you can eat Winter Breakfast (May to September). Reliable/Fast Internet - great for working remotely or studying. Free use of bikes for exploring. Off-street parking. Central but quiet location.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycles available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Dutch, German
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Tobias R wrote a review Aug 2021
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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
Kat wrote a review Apr 2020
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions4 helpful votes
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
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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Donegal119 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hamburg186 contributions56 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from georgiep10, Owner at Tasman Bay Backpackers
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Hi there, I'm always a bit shocked to see when we get a 3 star as we are so used to people rating our hostel very highly. Sorry to hear you didn't sleep well. It's great that you liked the atmosphere and all the little details - we like to make sure that our guests feel cared for and we try to go the extra mile in the hope this is the case. Usually noise at night is fairly minimal so I'm sorry that wasn't the case for you. Like most Backpacker hostels our rooms do vary so if you return please ask for the room that would be likely to be the quietest.
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Rosie wrote a review Feb 2020
Exeter, United Kingdom204 contributions71 helpful votes
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
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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Triflyer wrote a review Jan 2020
India292 contributions218 helpful votes
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
Sleep Quality
US$36 - US$48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tasman Bay Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Queen's Gardens (0.7 km), Centre of New Zealand (0.7 km), and Nelson Saturday Market (0.9 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 Harry's Hawker House & Bar, Paasha, and Hopgoods & Co.
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.