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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very clean, lots of funny little decor items throughout the hostel. The staff have been very friendly, they can drop off and pick up travelers from bus station. They also offer bikes for day trips around town.

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I stayed here for two nights while staying in Nelson. The staff were super friendly and the room that we were put in literally reminded me of home - it was a lovely room inside the old villa. They were very kind and allowed us to store our gear there for a night while we were kayaking...

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Fribourg, Switzerland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

very friendly, welcoming hostel with many comfy spots to hang out (hammack in the garden, couch in the living room, bed in the room...) Clean kitchen and bathrooms and best shower EVER!!!! Breakfast included,...though not so cool for people who don't eat gluten... Would come back again

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Putrajaya, Malaysia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have booked the place so to experiece backpacker travel style by sharing rom with outsider, and of all possible choice, i thought be good to try it while in the south island and true enough, the residents are nice and considerate as i overheard at the common lounge one has his phone voice slight louder and was immediately reminded...

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Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Hey, I stayed almost for a whole week at the Bug because I enjoyed, for one the Hostel itself and also Nelson quite a lot . The bug basically has everything you could want from a Hostel. Super friendly and helpful staff and owners, a nice kitchen, free WiFi, a garden, FREE bikes to lend and even a cat... that...

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 9, 2016

Stayed here back in November with a few friends. We had been camping for the past few weeks so we were excited to finally have a bed and shower! It turned out to be a busy weekend because of the Nelson Cider festival and Bug was the only available hostel. Well this worked out in our favour! There were four...

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Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Some hostels just have 'it' and some don't. Bug has it. They've created a nice space for people to stay. There's bikes to hire for free and a massive selection of games to play. They kitchen was well equipped. When I arrived with my boyfriend it transpires that our Hostelworld booking was for two beds in separate rooms. As we...

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Thank Macolo3
Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed November 29, 2016

We had booked a private room which was located in a separate building to the office. The room itself was fine, with the exception of the fact that the window opened right into the parking lot and everyone could see right in, however blinds and curtains were provided. This was only an issue as it was very hot and blinds...

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Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic stay at the Bug Backpackers and would highly recommend. An opportunity came up to go on a spur of the moment road trip, Mike was very understanding and nice about it all, even refunded the rest of my stay which no other hostel I have stayed in would do at such short notice. It's a very friendly and homely...

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Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Had a positive stay with helpful staff, however there was an extra charge for paying on card so price was not what was advertised or agreed to. Would stay again though, lots of other young travellers there to meet & a guitar in the lounge was a nice touch.

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thebug12, Owner at The Bug Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Kyle for your good review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The 3% surcharge when you pay with credit card is advertised. Also, you are given the option to pay with cash if you like. The Bug Team/Stefanie

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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The Bug Backpacker is a small, friendly hostel with a welcoming atmosphere. The hostel offers FREE wifi, bikes,lockers in large dorm bedrooms, local pick up/drop off from the bus station and on-site parking. Rooms are clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. Beds are fully made. The Bug has two large, well-equipped kitchens with fresh herbs where you can cook your meals and store your food. The hostel is spread over three houses with a large connecting garden for you to relax. It offers hammocks, foosball and a BBQ. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Bug Backpackers

Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range: $18 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bug Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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“If you're a couple, they have lovely rooms that arent shared so enquire about these”
 of 5 bubbles the_w0rld_is_yours, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“It depends on what your requirements are”
 of 5 bubbles IzzyTaupo, Mar 21, 2016 | Read review
“any room you choose will be lovely, spacious and comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles JeanLouiseF, Mar 8, 2016 | Read review
“studio was excellent for quiet and privacy”
 of 5 bubbles FernieJane, Jan 10, 2016 | Read review
“we stayed in a roo with two single beds - excellent value.”
 of 5 bubbles 887natashaw, Apr 28, 2015 | Read review
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