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Tasman Bay Backpackers

3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   10 Weka Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 41 Specialty lodging in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After an 10 hour coach journey we were faced with the prospect of walling 20mins to Tasman Bay Backpackers but the manager decided as we had not arrived at the Hostel yet to try and pick us up! A great relief. Then free ice cream and chocolate pudding in the evening a great arrival! Good to have included internet, movies,... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hostel owners clearly have gone to a lot of effort to make this place cosy and welcoming. There are loads of lovely little touches like a free bank of films on their servers, free breakfast and free chocolate pudding and ice cream every night. They have a big spacious yet comfy and cosy common room, a clean kitchen, nice... More

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cold water in the shower on a cold night. Wifi that doesn't reach the room well. A cramp room. A toilet door that bangs onto my bed frame when opened. Noisy neighbours. A pathetic heater that would never even stay on. A room that has little privacy. Nothing could redeem the dreadful stay. Won't even bother highlighting the positive points.... More

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TasmanBayBP, Manager at Tasman Bay Backpackers, responded to this review

We're genuinely very sorry that this has been your experience. Of course a cold shower should not happen this time of the year. This seems very unfortunate. With regards to the heaters. This is a conscious safety decision. We therefore supply extra blankets and hot water bottles upon request. In any case, we very much encourage people to come to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff was great, picked us up from the bus stop, told us things to do, arranged a taxi. It is a bit of a walk to town but not far (probably too far to walk comfortably with baggage), it's close to the water. They had pudding at night which was great. Our room was decent but we shared two toilets,... More

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Ontario, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great hostel with lots of FREE stuff which all backpackers love - Wi Fi, chocolate pudding & ice cream every night at 8pm & breakfast in the morning, though none of the food is any good if you're unable to eat gluten! The common rooms/kitchen were quite clean and a decent size. I really loved the bathroom... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Was told about this place when I was in Kikoura. As soon as I got through the door the welcome I recieved was wonderful. Was shown to a lovely 4 bed dorm which was heated throughout. Can sit by an open coal fire listening to relaxing kiwi music, so homely really is hard not to mak friends here! All the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

we stayed here for 2 nights in a double room (on trip advisor and lonely planet recommendation) and it was lovely! Nice room with comfy bed, clean showers - always a bonus. Obviously the major plus points were the free chocolate pudding and breakfast and the wifi was really good too. The hostel had a lovely atmosphere, was a great... More

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Cork, Ireland
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

What a gorgeous hostel! We stayed in a double room - really clean and got clean towels for our stay. Really comfortable bed. The showers/bathroom were always clean. The lounge area is so colourful and bright, staff were super friendly. Free wifi but the best bit was we got free chocolate pudding and free breakfast. Was definitely my favourite hostel... More

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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

we stayed for 3 nights in total, we loved it we stayed in a double room with a shared bathroom. the bathrooms where always clean and tidy, they have washing machines and dryers you can use at a cost of $2-$3. you can hang your stuff out on washing lines if you don't want to use the dryer. the room... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I've only stayed here for a night and 2 nights in YHA and I really regretted not staying here for all my nights in Nelson! Other than the location, everything else beats the YHA! The staffs are very friendly and would chat with you upon your arrival and answer to all my queries with a smile! The kitchen and dining... More

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Address: 10 Weka Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tasman Bay Backpackers 3.5*
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The fire is roaring, the atmosphere's relaxed, the hostel's warm, spacious yet homely. Just like your favourite café – great music, friendly, genuine people. Free Hot Chocolate pudding & ice cream served every night of the year. New en-suite facilities. Free All you can eat Winter Breakfast (May to November). Free Wireless internet (April to November). Free bikes. Off-street parking. Central but quiet location. Check out our sister hostel in Picton, Sequoia Lodge. ... more   less 
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