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The Bug Backpackers

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226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
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Ranked #10 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A fantastic hostel - clean, well-managed. The hostel manager is very helpful! Free Wifi and there are bikes for rent. About 15min walk into Nelson. Quiet location right outside Nelson. Flexible bookings. Highly recommend!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay here during our long holiday in New Zealand in February 2014. We had a double room with our own facilities and would have loved to stay longer, but it was fully booked. On a scale of what you get for the price you pay, I'd give even 5 stars. Richard was very nice and very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed in the love bug room, very spacious, comfy bed and a little chocolate car on each pillow was a nice surprise. Staff were really helpful and always happy to help, on check in they got a map to show you where everything was in Nelson, little things like that go along way when you're travelling. Every morning they would... More 

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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice backpacker hostel with everything you need as a backpacker. Nice and clean rooms, friendly staff. Free bread during the day and free pickups from several spots in town. Nice and quiet locations just 13 minutes walk from the city centre.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed 3 nights in the Studio and found the accommodation to be comfortable and clean. The bathroom is large with a bath and shower which was fine. The large bedroom/kitchen/dining area is well equipped and being a backpackers has some free coffee, spices and condiments. The kitchen has fairly modern units but we found that some of the electric... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Bug doesn't refer to the insect, but the car, and it's really charming. Each room is assigned to a different bug and they are all comfy as. Staff is very friendly and ready to help. The hostel in itself is pretty big, the kitchen is efficiently big and, although there's not a lounge room, it's quite homey. About 15... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for one night and it was a really nice hostel, it was about a five minute drive from the town so bit far to walk in. The hosts were really nice and there was free tea, coffee and breads. The best thing for us as backpackers was the little things such as cooking oil, salt pepper and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I stayed four dorm, it was big enough to stay. The wifi was nice, it works well. The kitchen was heaven. There were almost everything you need.(commonly; spicys, coffee, tea...) The outdoor area was superb. I even can not believe there was only one bathroom and one toilet!!! Also the staff was busy everytime so you have to wait when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

Me and my friend stayed here for 2 nights in January and it was honestly the best place I've ever stayed in. We got picked up from the I-Site by the male owner(can't remember his name) and he was so welcoming and friendly. I felt as if I was staying at a family members home. It was so homely and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

stayed at this...place for one night before walking the Heaphy track. We arrived at a late time due to the horrible location. WHO PUTS A HOSTEL SO FAR AWAY FROM THE CBD I DO NOT KNOW! being backpackers. We didn't have a car so had to walk for 30 mins from the i site. Which Is not very fun. Arrived... More 

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thebug226, Owner at The Bug Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi,thanks for taking the time to review us.We do offer a COMPLIMENTARY PICK UP service when you arrive in Nelson also,just a simple phone call or email beforehand is sufficient.There are 7 buses at varying times that we drop off to in the morning starting at 7 15am,so I had more than likely just returned from a drop off when... More 

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