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The Bug Backpackers
Ranked #5 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We've stayed twice, last year and this. Each time in a double room and on both occasions have been very impressed. Clean, friendly, sociable and big bedrooms ( especially snow bug room!) the only drawback is that it's slightly out of town meaning a cab is the best way to town but this means it's relaxed and has a great garden. Thank you!

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Stayed at the Bug for two nights and we were impressed with it. The place was very clean and the staff were helpful. We stayed in the shared room and were glad we did as some of the dorm rooms looked a little squashy. We appreciated the individual plugs and lights for each bed.

The bathrooms were great and we never had any issues trying to get in seeing that it was a little busy. We stayed in one of the smaller houses and the only problem we had was the kitchen is a little small and people come and borrow cooking pans etc and at times you had to go and find one another kitchen.

There is also no lounge in some of the smaller houses and so if you want to chill out you need to go to the main house.
Was great that you could hang your clothes out on the line but with only one washing machine you may have to wait.

The hostel is a little way out of town but it is very walkable and the off street parking was much appreciated. I would stay here again and if you are looking for a little more space go for the shared room.

Room Tip: Go for a share room. Only a few dollars more but we had tonnes more space.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

The hostel is a lovely place, feels a bit like beeing at home. I enjoyed it a lot staying there! The owner is very friendly and helpful! They served fresh handmade bread every morning and pick you up from the bus station if needed.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

Nice and clean rooms, showers are also very clean. The kitchen is not too big, but very comfy. Outside there is a very cool yard and a bbq. You will also get great service from the owner, that will bake fresh bread in the morning. Had a great time there.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed at the bug for one night stopping in Nelson on our way to Abel Tasman National Park. We had a private twin room and were very happy with it. Rooms and community areas were very clean and well-cared for which you don't always find in backpacker places. Everything is designed around the VW bug, a nice idea with adds some extra personality to this place. They have free and fast internet here, though they make a good point not allowing any computers in the lounge to keep communication alive. Staff was very helpful with everything around Nelson. Only small minus is the location outside of town on a main street in a relatively boring residential area. You have to walk 20 minutes or hire a bike from the hostel.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

I looked at the location of this place and thought it was a little too far from town, I was staying at one of the most digusting hostels in the centre of Nelson and was happy to leave for a little more peace. So I came out to the bug! Having bikes you can use for free solved the issue of being out of town. I was shocked when I arrived here at how open and clean the place was! With several kitchens I have never felt there was too many people trying to cook, it has a very homely feel. Everything about this place has been far far far above what I was hoping for and expecting!! Do yourself a favour if visiting Nelson this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Overall we enjoyed our stay at this cozy little backpackers. The major downside was that it's located pretty far from the "downtown" area, at least a 20-minute walk to the nearest supermarket and 30 to the i-site and other shops and restaurants. That said, Anthony, the owner, does offer pre-arranged pick up and drop off services. There are also bikes for use FOC but they aren't in the best conditions (my friend couldn't paddle backwards on his and there was only one brake!). Plus point of this hostel is definitely the free WIFI.

We stayed in a 8-bed dorm and it was pretty sweet and spacious, definitely enough space for 8pax. The mattresses were really soft and comfy, exactly what my body needed after days spent at the Abel Tasman NP. Shower was strong and warm too. The Beetle-theme around the hostel was really cute. There are also board games in the lounge. Kitchen facilities were adequate. The kitchen and dining/lounge area was just enough for the crowd when we stayed there in September (which I believe is the off-peak season) so it might get pretty crowded during peak season.

Anthony, the owner, was very friendly face-to-face but sounded a little grudging both times we called him on the intercom. Maybe I missed out something on the culture side. He does prepare freshly-baked bread for breakfast so that's a pretty nice touch.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Bug Backpackers

Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
Price Range: $32 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bug Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 
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