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The Bug Backpackers

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#4 of 21 hostels in Nelson
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Laundry service
Street parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Game room
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Self-serve laundry
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more
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Bruno C wrote a review Feb 2024
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DO NOT BE ELUDED BY THE LOWEST PRICES. THE PLACE HAS HORRIBLE ATTENDANCE. THEY SCREAM AT THEIR OWN CLIENTS, BEING VERY UNPROFESSIONAL AND IMPOLITE. THEY NEVER ANSWER THE PHONE WHEN REQUESTED. THE PLACE IS VERY DIRTY, THE TOILETS AND KITCHEN HAVE FLIES. THE ROOMS ARE OVERPACKED WITH BAD-LOOKING PEOPLE, WHO MAKE USE OF WEED IN A DAY LIGHT AS I NOTICED WITH MY OWN EYES. DEFINITELY A PLACE TO BE AVOIDED BY ANY MEANS!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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james s wrote a review Jan 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
Nice knowledgable staff, clean cute rooms, weekly rates for people staying a while, Bike hire, great kitchen and laundry, Also only a fifteen minute walk to Nelson CBD and Victory park is just around the cornerm. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Fishl wrote a review Feb 2020
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Staffs are polite and friendly, but the manager is rude. The manager didn’t trained her staffs properly and there is no onboard notice about charging the luggage storage service. She even wants to charge one more day. I think it’s unfair to not disclose the guests everything that requires extra charges. 環境與價格成正比吧,員工服務態度也不錯,唯一的敗筆就是經理服務太差。我們退房後詢問可否寄放行李,職員指示我們可以存放,只需第二天12點前取回即可。待我們回到住宿,經理卻告訴我們需要逐個行李收費,並且還企圖多收我們一天的錢。如若提前告知需要收費,我們可以選擇是否寄放也無需趕在12點前取回。當我們詢問為何不是在寄放前告知需要收費和哪裡可以知道收費項目時,經理態度十分惡劣,只是毫無誠意的講I’m sorry。另外,附帶廁所的洗澡間很骯髒,洗澡間的浴簾沒有辦法遮住全部。食物放在廚房桌子上,只是回房收拾了一下行李就被丟掉了。對住宿的整體印象就是,除了女經理外的員工服務態度友善,環境看上去不錯外,最後行李的處理方式讓整個旅程都沒有心情了。
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rik Does wrote a review Feb 2019
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Nice chilled out hostel; rooms, kitchen, and lounge were clean, shower was excellent. Cool supervisor, he really makes you feel at home. One minor drawback, there was almost never enough space in the fridges.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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DayTrip37748160865 wrote a review Feb 2019
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We were slightly anxious about arriving at the bug back packers as we are in our sixties but we needn’t have worried at all. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and the studio was the best space we’ve had in New Zealand so far! It’s enormous and amazing value. We would both thoroughly recommend this place to all ages. We actually enjoyed the walk into town. Thank you very much to the team. Simon and Sue Lindsey Clark
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Kath C wrote a review Feb 2019
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom152 contributions91 helpful votes
We had a great stay at The Bug. It delivered just what the other reviews said it would :) Well run, spotless and we were very impressed with size of double ensuite - get that if you can!! Good hot cross buns for breakfast as well and an easy stroll into town.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tracyjereb wrote a review Jan 2019
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Had a wonderful stay at the Bug. The welcome was great and the accommodation was spotlessly clean. Had the best nights sleep. The amenities were great and I would highly recommend it. The town was easily accessible for food or you can cook in the kitchen at the Bug. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Nina_Murphys wrote a review Dec 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand301 contributions125 helpful votes
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 helps to have a good sleep! I was really unsure about the safety of the place when I checked in, because the rooms are always opened, and besides we slept with the sliding door to the road opened, I still felt pretty safer in there, other than in other hostels I’ve stayed in NZ. Ps.: I would choose less beds dorm next time!
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 18 Dec 2018
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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Emma W wrote a review Nov 2018
Oxford, England, United Kingdom48 contributions17 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: November 2018
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Karen S wrote a review Nov 2018
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions3 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: November 2018
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AU$51 - AU$70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bug Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to The Bug Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Nelson Classic Car Museum (2.9 km), Pro Karts (2.2 km), and Tahunanui Beach (2.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bug Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Bug Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bug Backpackers?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bug Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nysa Turkish Restaurant, Babagatto, and Hopgoods & Co.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Bug Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bug Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bug Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum (1.7 km).