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The Bug Backpackers

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Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Public Wifi
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Self-Serve Laundry
Non-Smoking Hotel
Breakfast Available
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Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
Family Rooms
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Getting there
Nelson Airport4 km
Blenheim Airport57 km
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The place only makes sense if you have a car, once it’s not so close to the city.
I stayed in a 8 beds mixed dorm, which was absolutely not bad, once the beds were very very stable and I couldn’t even feel the other guest moving on the top bunker bed. That’s pretty good and it he
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Response from thebug226, Owner at The Bug Backpackers
Responded yesterday
Hi Nina, Thanks for staying with us, pointing out our good points and your honest review. We don't advertise ourselves as a city backpackers and like this act very much. We are in a quiet residential neighbourhood with a park, school ground and campground as neighbours so its a good area. We are 2kms from the actual inner city which is not far and we do have bikes for rent for a nominal fee. Otherwise its a 20min walk on a nice wide path. With shared rooms/dorms, its over to the guests to ensure their own safety with closing and locking doors. SO im glad you felt safe, but it is also your option to close and lock the door to be safer. There are 2 Windows in that room for ventilation and between the room and the road, is a courtyard, fence with gate and a carpark which also has security camera monitoring. Im glad the beds were comfortable for you and you enjoyed your stay. Thanks again, safe travels, The bug team.
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Quirky place, had a nice stay, free breakfast but no allergy advice (dairy) so I didn't know if I could eat any of the pastries! Free wifi and parking, everything seemed clean enough. It's just a little dingy and sad looking, but also it's super cheap, so!
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Excellent location, easy to find, great value for money.

For a backpackers the room was great, clean, comfy bed, quiet.

Very helpful staff

Use of bikes for free is great, didn't use them though as the weather wasn't great.
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This is a backpackers so has a relaxed friendly vibe. Lots of young people staying in shared rooms with shared bathrooms. I stayed in a superb double room with private ensuite. It was large, quiet and comfortable with wifi and lots of space. Bed was great, plenty spare blankets.
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The staff here are very friendly and accommodating. They gave me great advice on the area and things to do in both good and bad weather :)! The room and facilities are nice, perfect for a quick stop over :)!
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Our cozy little room
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Modern deluxe double room
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Double with en suite
Great, clean room
black sludge on windows
"Rooms in the building adjacent to the main building are older but quieter"
"Double shared bathroom are quieter."
"The private rooms are one hell of a good choice for the price!"
"Paris room has it's own ensuite"
"If you're a couple, they have lovely rooms that arent shared so enquire about these"
US$ 30 - US$ 52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
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