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Aurora Backpackers

163 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly Retreat Backpackers)
Aurora Backpackers
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stumbled across this centrally located gem in the middle of Nelson's active center city. It was just seconds away from multiple outdoors and travel oriented businesses and establishments. The wide open internet cafe on the ground floor was what drew me in. Their modern and amazingly fast computers were a huge relief to the slow satellite signals that control phones... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Aurora Backpackers for 2 nights. I was in a female dorm and I paid only 24 dollars. I arrived quite late and hadn't booked, but the staff was very welcoming and helpful which was really nice especially when you're super tired. They put their guests on the first place which I find amazing. Aurora is an example... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can tell by the capital letters in the heading how passionate I am about making sure people know just how bad this backpackers is. I have been all over NZ and the U.S. staying in hotels, motels and backpackers and have never experienced such terrible service. The old man with glasses at the front desk was VERY rude from... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stayed here for about 5 nights and stayed in 3 different room during this time, 10 bed and 2 6 beds. The good points about this hostel is definitely the location, situated right in the heart of Nelson and seconds away from main shops, bars and resturants. In addition to this the staff are very welcoming, caring and friendly. However... More 

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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Situated in the heart of Nelson, staff are very helpful, especially if you are leaving early and need to get your key deposit back. Good mix of long stay and short term travelers. It's an ideal place to start your South Island tour. Free half of wifi per night but if this is not enough you can get free wifi... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

What a lovely backpackers at the very heart of Nelson! We stayed here for a night and were warmly welcomed by Kelvin from the very first encounter. And when we returned after a day out, he happened to be there at the door and welcomed us "home"! The cosy place made us really wanna come back again and we are... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It's very convenient to live in Aurora which in the centre of Nelson, arms away from places that worth visiting. The owner, Kevin he is a very perfect guy who is friendly and helpful, he treats us like close friends, show us places and tips of travelling, lent two bikes to us for free to experience this town. We spent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This review is long overdo. I was cycling through New Zealand and having a pretty rough experience with weather and illness. I stayed at Aurora Backpackers at a low point and they really helped to lift my spirits. First off, the guests while I was there were all very friendly, mature, interesting and just great. The best aspect, though, was... More 

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Bali, Indonesia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I stayed 3 nights in Aurora Backpackers and I really enjoyed it, Kevin is a very nice person, he is always keen to help you, the kitchen is fine and clean and the location is perfect. The beds are good and the price is cheap.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

Lovely kind people clean and tidy if you are in nelson come and enjoy your stay at aroua its the best place to stay in nelson city the team are friendly and ready to help in any way they can its close to all the shops and i would come and stay again

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