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Aurora Backpackers

163 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly Retreat Backpackers)
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Ranked #33 of 41 Specialty lodging in Nelson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Yes, it is the cheapest hostel in town but compared to the prices of other hostels you are better off paying a bit more and get a decent bed/room. We had a double room with a spectacularly uncomfortable mattress. We decided not to stay and had quite an argument with the owner before we got our money back. There were... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I stayed 3 nights in a single room, in this case I sayed in a double room by myself. It was good room, quite big, good smell, and nice to sleep, even thoug is in front of the main Street in Nelson. Receptionist was awesome, so helpfull and kind. i had a good time there.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It fitted the bill for all I needed as I had one night in Nelson, was on a budget and I was arriving by Intercity bus at 7:30pm. It's 2 mins walk from the bus stop and right in the city. I'd emailed Kevin a couple of days prior to see if it suited and he was most helpful and... More

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Leipzig, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I did spend three nights in this hostel and enjoyed my stay. Kevin and the female receptionist were very friendly and helpful. Same goes for the woofers who made sure everything was neat and clean. There were only two things which enjoyed me and therefore only four stars instead of five. One was the kitchen door infront of dorm 10... More

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Westport, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Had to stay in Nelson for just one night because of the departing times of the coachlines and chose the cheapest backpacker in town.. Even though there were some nice people around, the facilities and hygiene of that hostel were just bad. I had a really uncomfortable sleep that night and was always scared some of my things could be... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Stayed for one night, very small rooms with !heaps! of people in. In the morning we packed our stuff took it out of the room and quater to 10 (10am is regular checkout time everywhere else) while i was smoking a cig on the balcony and my mate took a shower the manager came out and asked me quite harsh... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

We have been travelling quite a lot around NZ, and it was the worst place we stayed : very small room, not very clean toilets and bathrooms. The kitchen was alright. But what was more striking is the people who were staying there : a lot of long stay people, some of them quite old or quite strange. We did... More

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Cairns, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This place is definitely right in the centre of town which is great and it's quite cheap as well. The facilities are definitely not fantastic, the lodge is a bit downtrodden, but will definitely work in a pinch and is good because it's cheap. Free breakfast was also really nice and I met fantastic people here so I can't complain.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I stayed there for 3 nights. The rooms are large and bright, but could be cleaner. There aren't enough bathrooms/showers. There's supposed to be a shower area for women only but anyone who wanted to seemed to be using it; probably a consequence of there not being enough in the other area. The man who runs it is nice and... More

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Kelantan, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I booked a dorm room at this backpacker. Aurora backpacker is small so does the kitchen etc. it is not far from the place where I am going to take my bus . The location is strategic at the centre of town not far from shops. the receptionist (can't remember his name" was friendly and treat me and my friend... More

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Address: 163 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly Retreat Backpackers)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
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Ranked #33 of 41 Specialty lodging in Nelson
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our Backpackers/Hostel in sunny Nelson, newly renovated formally known as the "Retreat" and "Central" backpackers. We have 14 rooms available in our central city location. Wi-Fi is available in every room at discounted rates and we have a well equipped communal kitchen, TV room and book swap. The complimentary cereal breakfast is a must for any wary traveller to set you up for the days adventures. ... more   less 
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