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The Bug Backpackers
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Stayed in a double room pre and post doing the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Close to the airport but about a good 20 minute walk to supermarkets and town centre (be mindful if you are carrying luggage from the iSite bus stop).

Room was clean, but the bed hadn't been made up when we first arrived... in fact, the young guy asked if we actually wanted a new sheet or if what was there 'would do'. But other than that, people were really friendly. Used the washing and drying facilities, and kitchen, and it was all pretty standard for a hostel.

Crowd was very young but not a partying crowd. Very friendly, respectful and enthusiastic. Great vibe in that respect so a good place if travelling alone if you enjoy interesting chats, etc...

Also worth pointing out that they let us keep luggage there in a locked shed while we were trekking, which was super helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms in the building adjacent to the main building are older but quieter
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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

In this hostel you can find everything you need. Free wifi, nice showers and toilets, laundry, well appointed kitchen, bread and jam for breakfast, nice people and a big garden to enjoy the sun. The owner was very helpful and drove me to the busstation in the morning.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The bug backpackers is the best backpacker that I have done in New-Zealand, it's a very nice and comfortable place with a lovely garden, the ambiance is pleasant. The owners Mike and Stephanie are very friendly and interesting people! I had a good time there, I won't forget this special place. Thanks, Mathilde

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

This house was located quiet place, and the host was very kind.
I stayed only 1 night though, I felt so comfortable. I felt like being at home.
I want to stay here again when I visit Nelson.
Thank you so much!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

My friend and I were received in a very friendly way by a German staff member who ran us through the place's policies and habits, telling us about the whens and the hows and the wheres.

This hostel has a great no-party policy, which is ideal if you value your sleep after a long day of hiking in Abel Tasman.

The kitchen is quite clean, as everybody is compelled to clean up after themselves by the constant monitoring of the cooking facilites.

Our dorm was in the secondary building, which has a shower unit and a kitchen. It was warm and comfy, especially since we were there in winter. Simple, clean beds, but no storage units whatsoever, which in my book is a big letdown. The six beds gave the dorm a bit of a cramped feel but it was ok in the end. The place does get quite damp and there is tad bit of a musty smell in the hallways and bathroom but it is very clean otherwise.

Free breakfast in the morning, always a plus when travelling on a budget. Free WIFI as well. Bonus points.

The one thing that I found bizarre was a total lack of atmopshere. I apprciate the non-partying policy, but there was none of the friendly social vibe I usually find in hostels.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Price Range: $26 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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