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The Bug Backpackers

3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
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Ranked #9 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 January 21, 2015

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 January 13, 2015

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 January 6, 2015

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 January 5, 2015

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 January 2, 2015

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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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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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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