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The Bug Backpackers - Hostel, Nelson

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226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, 7010, New Zealand

Suburban hostel within easy reach of Nelson Provincial Museum
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
  • Collect nightsYou can collect® Rewards nights here
From 239 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

  • Everyone were so helpful and nice. Our unit was amazing!! Very quiet and peaceful. Thank…Mar 2, 2019
  • We stayed at the Bug Backpackers for one night on our way through Abel Tasman. It fit our…Mar 11, 2019

The Bug Backpackers - Hostel, Nelson

from $28
  • Standard Studio, Private Bathroom, Courtyard Area
  • Double Room
  • Double Shared Bathroom
  • Twin Shared Bathroom
  • 4 Bed Dorm
  • 6 Bed Dorm
  • 8 Bed Dorm

What’s around The Bug Backpackers - Hostel, Nelson

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Nelson Market (15-minute walk)
  • Nelson Provincial Museum (17-minute walk)
  • Nelson I-site Visitor Information Centre (20-minute walk)
  • Queens Gardens (21-minute walk)
  • Trafalgar Park (21-minute walk)
  • Centre of New Zealand Monument (27-minute walk)
  • Founders Park (32-minute walk)
  • Mapua Wharf (8.9 mi / 14.4 km)

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 7 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 14 rooms


  • Check-in time 2:30 PM-7 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-out
The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 7 PM.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 17

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
  • Free bicycles on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Arcade/game room
Working away
  • Computer station
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 3
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Italian

In the room

Sleep well
  • Sofa bed
Freshen up
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • In-room safe

The Bug Backpackers - Hostel, Nelson’s small print

Also known as

  • Bug Backpackers Hostel Nelson
  • Bug Backpackers Hostel
  • Bug Backpackers Nelson
  • Bug Backpackers
  • The Bug Backpackers - Hostel Nelson
  • The Bug Backpackers - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of NZD 20 (subject to availability)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

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Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 37 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
One shower only in the private room area caused a 1 hour backup at one point, otherwise it was great value for the price :)
Chad, caOther trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great Hostel
Hostel is great, nice and clean with really friendly staff and nice and quiet. It's a bit of a way out from Nelson centre and the beach but they have free bikes you can hire to get into town and it takes about 5 mins. Would definitely stay here again. G
Elizabeth, gb3 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Great sized studio. The owner was very kind and helpful
Luis Gabriel, au2 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
You will be fine here
Front door straight into the communal area was great, easy to make friends. Only one toilet in one of the room areas means you waited a bit and kitchen was small. Lots of different types of bread and spreads for breakfast and wifi was super fast
gb3 night romance trip

The Bug Backpackers - Hostel, Nelson

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