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Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

hi stayed here 2weeks ago the location was perfect. prices are cheap the young guy at the desk made me feel at home:)the old guy at the front desk was very helpful.l had a big smile on his face:)but later on that night. i went to watch tv in the tv room. and some drunk lady went mental at me... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Cheap accom, but lousy facilities. Mouldy bathrooms, no hot water taps in bathroom sinks, springs poking through the double mattress we used (seriously!), no heating in rooms (owner advised us to do jumping jacks or run in place to warm up before he offered us a second blanket), the fridges in the kitchen are filled with old, rotting food which... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Really really cute, cheap and clean hostel! Stuff is friendly and really helpful with everything. The kitchen is a good place to meet people. Good facilities. Dorms are nice and simple. Close to supermarkets and cafés. I would come back! Thank you

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Mettingen, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

This is a cheap and cosy backpackers. Staff was a bit unfriendly and impatient, and facilities are very basic. But it is located in the centre of Nelson, so you are close to everything you need. Recommended if you are on a budget.

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Cheap, but you get what you paid for. I literally seen wwoofers changing the sheets and left the room for good. No vacuuming, no tidying up of the mess etc. The rubbish under the beds must have been there for weeks. Bunk beds are wobbly, mattress thin. Only good stuff is that it's close to supermarket and Isite.

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Thank frolicker_leon
Aurorabackpackers, Public Relations Manager at Aurora Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Leon We have a daily cleaning routine that involves vacuuming, changing sheets and general cleaning in our rooms once visitors have checked out, we're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with us. More 

Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We stayed in this busy backpacker for two nights in Nelson en route to Kahurangi Nationalpark and found it very friendly, economic and well organised. Admittedly it is very busy and basic, but this reflects in the price. Aurora offers free continental breakfast (well cereal and beverages), and showers have plenty of hot water. Beds were comfortable and in 2... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Noisy and messy place. Rooms are tiny and uncomfy. i found old blood stains in my old bent mattress.Bad organized. Staff not very friendly, they dont want to hear any criticism. You can find something better for a couple of dollars.

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Thank ViajeraJen
Aurorabackpackers, Owner at Aurora Backpackers, responded to this review

Good Morning ViajeraJen Normally I would say thank you for your input , but I think it is no input at all and a complete litany of lies..Not a review at all.. As I have said we are a very busy central city hostel with always at least 6 housekeepers that like us, take a pride in the place..Being very... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

We didn't have anywhere to stay when we got to Nelson so walked in from the street to Aurora. The man at the reception was really friendly and it was $60 for a twin with bunk beds, which wasn't too bad for a private room. When we got to the room, it was clear that this wasn't really a fancy... More 

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Thank chelseafleming
Aurorabackpackers, Owner at Aurora Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Chelsea and thank you for your review.. Like you, I subscribe to the view that unless you have something good to say, say nothing at all! In our defense, we did indeed have an issue with the showers and that is that we had some work done by a plumber who hadnt turned the hot water back on fully... More 

Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

nice place to be, right in the heart of nelson! Lovely staff, rooms are great, kitchen and bathrooms are OK, except for the two hours of cleaning everyday from 10-12...(some people like to sleep a bit longer u know ;)).

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New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

The people were friendly and approachable and the place was clean. However, the room I booked into was very crowded (not enough space for a backpack) and very hot - could have done with a fan! Also although they offered free breakfast all that was on offer were cheap cereal and no bread/butter. But for $19 you cannot really complain!

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to our Backpackers/Hostel in sunny Nelson, newly renovated formally known as the "Retreat" and "Central" backpackers. We have 14 rooms available in our central city location. Wi-Fi is available in every room at discounted rates and we have a well equipped communal kitchen, TV room and book swap. The complimentary cereal breakfast is a must for any wary traveller to set you up for the days adventures. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Aurora Backpackers

Address: 163 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly Retreat Backpackers)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range: $16 - $43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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