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The Bug Backpackers

Hostelworld.comUS$ 36*
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The owner is super nice, and the hostel itself is clean and has good homey vibes. There are bikes that can be rented for 3 hours for free, which makes up for the fact that the hostel is about 30 minutes walking distance to Nelson city center. There is a laundry machine for 3 NZ$, the beds are comfy, unlimited...

Thank janna137damen
Kuching, Malaysia
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Bug Backpackers is indeed a lovely place to stay. It is clean, neat and tidy. There's enough car parking space and the owner and staff are really friendly and helpful. We stayed at the double shared bathroom and it is quiet at night. Highly recommended.

Thank arngyc
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hostel was clean, close to town with great facilities. The staff were very helpful, will help you book all sorts of adventures in the abel tasman and will even drop you off into town for free. The hostel had a great atmosphere. In the day time, people would BBQ together over a glass of wine in the garden. With...

Thank milooddi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the most amazing stay at the Bug Backpackers! Amazing and affordable prices, which include free unlimited wifi, free breakfast, coffee, and tea, and also includes free bike rental! The owners are the friendliest and most helpful people we could have asked for, went out of their way to help us out with everything, even picked us up from...

Thank Kaayleighcanada
Kiryat Ono
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice place to be. I recommend . I liked the room and the breakfast was great with good bread, spreads like chocolate butter jams, peanut butter, coffee tea.. milk.. parking next to the room. The owner was friendly.

Thank Mor BD B
Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The owner Stefanie picked me up at the bus station for free! Thus I had a welcoming arrival with a nice chat. The hostel atmosphere is lovely with all the work put into the smallest of details (eg. pictures of the bug everywhere) and everyone is super friendly and helpful! The kitchens are fully packed with everything you need, the...

Thank rp2612
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Four hammocks outback by the barbecue which lives next to the foosball table and herb garden. Bike barn with plenty of bikes for guests to use for free. A friendly cat that will cuddle with you until it want to sit below the fruit trees. Kitchen with generous amounts of free bread slices and some instant coffee. Board game and...

Thank Mary W
Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

The bedroom and bathroom are really clean, which is really important to me. The bed was comfortable and cosy. The double bedroom was quite spacious. The free breakfast on the morning was a simple, but delicious range of fresh breads with spreads. It is a 5 minute drive to town and 1 hour drive to Abel Tasman. There is a...

Thank jada m
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Our pipe band recently stayed here in a mix of bedrooms and bunk rooms.recommend highly.Clean nicely refurbished with great shower rooms free bike loan and gas BBQ and friendly staff.2 km walk to town Dairy round the corner

Thank Kkkkat77
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We loved this place, very laid back and a great environment. Free breakfast is amazing. Really quiet little place and so chilled out, all guests very respectful of each other. Rooms, clean, today and tastefully decorated and such a reasonable price!

Thank Gem M

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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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 

Additional Information about The Bug Backpackers

Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range: ₹ 2,261 - ₹ 4,005 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bug Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Double shared bathroom are quieter.”
arngyc, 19 May 2017 | Read review
“The private rooms are one hell of a good choice for the price!”
rp2612, 3 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Paris room has it's own ensuite”
naarah05, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“If you're a couple, they have lovely rooms that arent shared so enquire about these”
the_w0rld_is_yours, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“It depends on what your requirements are”
IzzyTaupo, 21 Mar 2016 | Read review
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