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The Bug Backpackers

3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Augsburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When we arrived our first imprssion of the Hostel was very bad. We were early for check in and there was nobody at reception or talk to. A girl told us that the owners were having lunch and we need to wait for another 20 min. We took a walk and when we came back, there was still nobody, however... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the whole bunkhouse for the 6 of us. We had the place all to ourselves. Very spacious kitchen and the toilet and bathrooms were very clean. Bed mattress and linens were clean and most of all the mattress was quite soft and we had a good sleep after all the activities we've done. Richard, the owner, had fresh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for 3 nights at bug backpackers and we will be returning. We stayed in a bunk bed dorm that was roomy enough for our bags. Quality beds with your own shelf, reading light and electrical sockets. Best of all 2 pillows! The kitchen was well equipped and never busy, with great room for food in boxes and the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice double bed room in a separate building, which shares two bathrooms with two other rooms. This was very nice, not noisy, beautiful rooms, clean and nice staff. A big out of town with not much to do precisely there, which is the minus for this hotel, expect a good 15-20min walk to get to city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for 3 nights in one of the private ensuites. We were blown away by the standard and size of the room, which was decorated tastefully in a homely manner. It was nice an quiet, and only a 20min walk from Nelson city centre (despite seeming longer when you drive it). I would definitely recommend staying in this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a double room. Had free unlimited Internet, and free computer with Internet connection. Kitchen is big, lounge as well. Richard the owner is a great guy. Toilets and shower not too fancy. All in all, recommended. I would go back.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Bug is a superb hostel with incredibly charming and funny owners, Richard and Rachel. The rooms are among the best I have seen in any hostel, and the beds are possibly THE most comfortable! The WiFi is free and unlimited, and consistently has a very strong signal with no issues. The kitchen is very well-equipped and nicely laid out,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Helloo we stayed at the bug for two weeks for work and didnt want to leave! The place is warm and cosy with a lush garden and awesome showers but the people who run it were for me the best bit :) so friendly and hilarious making my bf and i giggle endlessly we were sad to have to leave... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A nice place to stay if you are on a tight budget. Spent there one night in a private room. The owner was really nice and helpful. The room was clean. A sink in the room was definitely a huge advantage. There is also free wifi and a parking right in front of the hostel. The only problem was that... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

I stayed just the one night but the service I have received from the owners has been great. They helped me with a package that was delayed in arriving for me even though I only stayed one night. I very much enjoyed my night, free wifi, comfy bed, lovely people. Comfortable surroundings. Very happy!

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Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bug Backpackers 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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