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The Bug Backpackers

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226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
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53 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The bug is really a very pleasant hostel to stay. The garden is making you feel at home and provides everything you need to sit back and relax. Rooms are clean with comfy beds. Kitchen and showers are fully equipped and clean. Definitely recommend this place for each type of visit! Hostel also provides basic breakfast supplies, shuttles into town... More 

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Thank Ellen M
British Columbia
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bug was exceptional. We stayed in the studio. It was separate from the dorms with our own little patio and picnic table. The unit had a large comfortable bed, a fully equipped kitchen with full sized appliances, a breakfast bar, living area with couches and chairs in good condition. A washing machine was available and lots of clothes lines... More 

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Thank FernieJane
Adelaide
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56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Clean accom, good feel Volkswagen bug theme, brightly coloured, comfortable stay, well frequented. Booking easy over the phone, bedrooms small (of course), large kitchen with all utensils and cutlery, tea and coffee. Clean toilets and showers, outdoor area facing west catching the afternoon sun. Basic breakfast supplies available.

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5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Carefull! You have to leave the place completely by 10am. Not only the room. The rest was lovely but Richard from the staff ruined it for us. Quite a shame because the rest is nice. Hammocks, Rooms, fast internet. Maybe they will change their policy. It's a shame for such a nice place to have such a bad policy.

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Thank Alexander M
thebug226, Owner at The Bug Backpackers, responded to this review

I am sorry you felt that way about our checkout policy , I see you did not mention on your review it was 11.15 when we did ask you to vacate the hostel not 10 am.You were given an extra 1 hour and a quater as courtesy . We are a small hostel and only have a short period of... More 

Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

Loved our stay at Bugs Backpackers. The late check in system was easy and smooth; the rooms were immaculate; the beds were comfortable; the kitchen was well equipped, modern and clean; the outdoor area was incredibly appealing and the hostel manager was incredibly helpful. I will certainly be back here and wouldn't even consider another hostel. Highly recommended!

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Thank Emily G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The Bug was probably the best Hostel I've stayed in New Zealand. The private room with ensuite bathroom was very spacious, clean and nicely decorated. The kitchen is clean and well-equipped. There is a nice garden where you can hang out or eat your dinner. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the owner is very nice and helpful. I would definitely... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

We had a really lovely stay in a double room for 3 nights while in Nelson. I really loved the theme of the hostel! Our room was very comfortable & it was a great size. All facilities were spotless throughout - I don't think i ever saw a thing out of place! The guy who runs it is really friendly... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, fully furnished kitchen, free parking, and a decent price. We had a very nice stay here after hiking Abel Tasman and relaxed in the hammocks spread throughout the place in the nice atmosphere. The owner even gave us a dinner recommendation to a very good Thai place and had fresh bread and boston buns in the... More 

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Landshut, Germany
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

My girlfriend and I stayed in a double room and it was the nicest hostel we've been in New Zealand! Very big kitchen with a lot of clean equipment. The staff is super friendly and the rooms are big with comfortable beds. We enjoyed our stay very much!

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37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

I was at the Bug during my backpack trip in NZ. The owners were both very friendly and helpful and made it possible to plan my trip to Abel Tasman very Well. They provided a sleeping bag and were always there for questions. The hostel itself is very cosy, Nice atmosphere!

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