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The Bug Backpackers
The Bug Backpackers
The Bug Backpackers
The Bug Backpackers
The Bug Backpackers
The Bug Backpackers
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8.4

Excellent

99 reviews

99 reviews

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7.5

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Christ Church Cathedral 1.6 km
Tahunanui Beach 1.6 km
Nelson Provincial Museum 1.7 km
Nelson Farmers' Market 1.7 km
Queen's Gardens 2.0 km
Suter 2.2 km
Centre of New Zealand 2.7 km
World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum 3.1 km
Founders Park 3.5 km
Broadgreen Historic House 4.3 km
Nearby landmarks
Nelson City Holiday Park 80 m
Nelson Public Hospital 260 m
Access Dental 370 m
Victory Square Pharmacy 450 m
Wigzell Park 450 m
Victory Square 490 m
Pipers Park 1.1 km
Fairfield Park 1.2 km
Wolfe Park 1.2 km
Wellington Reserve 1.2 km

The Bug Backpackers

226 Vanguard Street, Nelson South, Nelson, New Zealand, 7010 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Nelson South part of Nelson, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Be sure to set some time aside to visit World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum as well as Tahunanui Beach nearby. As an added bonus, restaurant is provided on-site to conveniently serve your needs.

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Highlights

Check-in/out [express]

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Daily cleaning

Garden

Ticket services

Facilities

Car park

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Check-in/out [express]

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Game room

Kitchen

Laundry service

Value for money8.9
Location rating7.5
Nearest airportNelson Airport (NSN)
Distance to airport4.0 km

Rooms available at The Bug Backpackers

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.3

Double shared bathroom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Park view
  • 1 queen bed
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Studio
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed
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6-Bed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 1 queen bed
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Single Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double En-Suite
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed
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8-Bed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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4-Bed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 single bed
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Twin Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds
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Male Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Shower
  • 3 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at The Bug Backpackers?

Check-in is from 02:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to The Bug Backpackers?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Bug Backpackers has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is free for guests.

What is the smoking policy at The Bug Backpackers?

The Bug Backpackers does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What restaurants are nearby The Bug Backpackers?

Restaurants including Giuseppes, La Picada Fish'n Chip and Flames on 40 are popular in The Bug Backpackers’s neighborhood which is known as Nelson South.

What are popular attractions near The Bug Backpackers?

Guests at The Bug Backpackers can easily visit Wigzell Park, Victory Square and Fairfield Park located in the Nelson South area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to The Bug Backpackers?

The Bug Backpackers is located in the Nelson South area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Nelson City Holiday Park, Grampians and Sugar Loaf.

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What people love about The Bug Backpackers

  • 8

    Very good
    Staff 

    "The staff is super cool and the people there were really nice!"

    Diana

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    January 9, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The staffs keep this hostel very tidy and clean."

    Hsueh

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    December 2, 2020

  • 9.2

    Exceptional

    "The manager is well organized at the room and facilities."

    Nutthapoj

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    August 17, 2020

Property ranking|Compared to 212 Nelson properties
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Value for money score
8.9/10
Room comfort score
8.3/10
Service score
8.7/10
Cleanliness score
8.4/10
Better than
93
%
of Nelson properties
Better than
92
%
of Nelson properties
Better than
84
%
of Nelson properties
Better than
82
%
of Nelson properties
Overall rating:

8.4

Excellent
99 reviews
Cleanliness
8.4
Facilities
8.4
Location
7.5
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More about The Bug Backpackers

More about The Bug Backpackers

The Bug Backpackers

Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, The Bug Backpackers is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Nelson. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer.
The Bug Backpackers provides the best in services and amenities to help make guests feel comfortable. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. Parking is provided free of charge for guests. You'll have no problem planning out your days and transportation needs with front desk services including express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes.
The hostel's ticket service and tours can even help you book tickets and reservations for entertainment and explorations. Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the laundromat offered at The Bug Backpackers. The hostel's daily housekeeping will make staying in a great choice. Smoking may only take place in restricted designated areas.
Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the hostel come with linen service, blackout curtains and air conditioning. Some rooms have television to keep guests entertained. You may be assured to know that a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker and instant tea are available in some select rooms.
You can stay fresh and clean with towels provided in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Throughout your stay, choose from a variety of delicious dining options at the hostel. The hostel even has in-house cooking amenities such as BBQ facilities and shared kitchen for its most selective guests.
Throughout the day, you can enjoy the activities offered at The Bug Backpackers. Test your skills! Get competitive with your travel group or other guests, at the hostel's dart board. No need to go anywhere after dinner -- play with friends or family at the library, games room and shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

While in Nelson, take some time to venture outside of The Bug Backpackers. You're sure to want to visit Centre of New Zealand located 2.6 km away, among the most sought-after photographs for anyone visiting Nelson. Sometimes the best vacation days are spent doing nothing. With Tahunanui Beach located 2.5 km away, you can turn a sunny day into a perfect chill out with sand and surf.


Reasons to stay here

Spend less here on rooms than you would at 99% of other accommodations in the city.
Verified reviews score this hostel higher than 93% of accommodations in the city on value for money.
This accommodation beats more than 91% of competition in the city on room comfort.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.4

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

7 mentions

Housekeeping

7 mentions

Internet

4 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Dart board
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Staff trained in safety protocol

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily cleaning
  • Disabled facilities
  • Elevator
  • Heating in public area
  • Invoice provided
  • Laundromat
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]

Available in all rooms

  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking
  • Soundproofing
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Continental
Location
226 Vanguard Street, Nelson South, Nelson, New Zealand, 7010
Very good
Location

7.5

Airports

  • Nelson Airport (NSN)
    4.0 km
  • Woodbourne Airport (BHE)
    56.0 km

Public transportation

  • Wakefield Quay Station
    3.4 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Nelson Public Hospital
    260 m

Shopping

  • Nelson Farmers' Market
    1.7 km

Convenience store

  • Shell Select
    1.5 km

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    1.3 km
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Christ Church Cathedral
    1.6 km
  • Tahunanui Beach
    1.6 km
  • Nelson Provincial Museum
    1.7 km
  • Nelson Farmers' Market
    1.7 km
  • Queen's Gardens
    2.0 km
  • Suter
    2.2 km
  • Centre of New Zealand
    2.7 km
  • World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum
    3.1 km
  • Founders Park
    3.5 km
  • Broadgreen Historic House
    4.3 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Nelson City Holiday Park
    80 m
  • Nelson Public Hospital
    260 m
  • Access Dental
    370 m
  • Victory Square Pharmacy
    450 m
  • Wigzell Park
    450 m
  • Victory Square
    490 m
  • Pipers Park
    1.1 km
  • Fairfield Park
    1.2 km
  • Wolfe Park
    1.2 km
  • Wellington Reserve
    1.2 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-12 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:30
  • Check-in until22:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until18:30

Getting around

  • Travel time to airport (minutes)7

The property

  • Number of rooms 14

Reviews of The Bug Backpackers from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.4
/
10
Cleanliness8.4
Facilities8.4
Location7.5
Room comfort and quality8.3
Service8.7
Value for money8.9
High score for Nelson
Rating
9+ Exceptional (26)
8-9 Excellent (7)
7-8 Very Good (15)
6-7 Good (2)
<6 Below Expectation (10)
Time of the year
Mar - May (17)
Jun - Aug (13)
Sep - Nov (12)
Dec - Feb (18)
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9.3
Exceptional
Emma from Australia
Couple
Double shared bathroom
Stayed 1 night in February 2015

Great backpackers! ”

clean, friendly staff, nice room

We really liked our night here when in Nelson. One of our fave backpackers in NZ! The staff were friendly and knowledgable. The room was really nice. All the sewn/hanging bug beetle decorations are a great touch. There was even two chocolates in the shapes of bugs on the bed when we arrived! Such a lovely touch!! The wi-fi was fast and reliable. We didnt use the kitchen as we went out for dinner so i cant comment on that. Bathrooms were clean. Good location!! Would stay here again!!

Reviewed February 14, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
MISEONG from South Korea
Solo traveler
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in February 2017

So so good backpacker!!”

I just stayed one night. And it was so good backpacker. There was a parking area for cars, they offered FREE unlimited wifi and breakfast. The backpacker was so clean and pretty. If you guys are looking for a backpacker in Nelson, I would recommend this one!

Reviewed February 04, 2017

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8.0
Excellent
Jessica from Singapore
Couple
Twin Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

Very good”

The place has a good location as it is near the city centre. It took a mere 5 minutes drive to get there. Also, there is large and clean kitchen and area for different backpackers to mingle. However, there were a few issues that I had with the room. Firstly, the room that I got was not able to lock properly. I had to slam the door or push the door really hard to do so. Secondly, when I first entered the room, the bedsheets were just placed on the bed with a stack of comforter and pillows at a corner. The room did not look ready for guests to sleep in. Nonetheless, it was a relatively comfortable stay in Nelson!

Reviewed December 26, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Gilles from France
Couple
4-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in February 2014

Home sweet home”

great atmosphere, fresh bread in the morning, free bicycles

We had a great stay at the bug backpackers, you really feel at home there and all the decorations makes you think you are protected and welcome. The kitchen is great, the sleeping room was like a sleeping room even if we were 4 and the fresh bread in the morning was super good. Amazin how the tenants and the workers there are working hard! The only improvement I would suggest is that our mattrasses were a bit too soft.

Reviewed March 08, 2014

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9.6
Exceptional
Brit from Estonia
Solo traveler
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in February 2018

Exceptional”

The Bug Backpackers is colorful, cozy and homelike, I really enjoyed my stay here. It's a bit of a walk from the city centre but the atmosphere makes up for it. Also the wifi is excellent and free breakfast (lots of different breads and some jam and peanut butter) is a nice bonus.

Reviewed February 14, 2018

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9.2
Exceptional
Amanda from United Kingdom
Couple
Twin Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in September 2017

Very Good”

We enjoyed our stay here. Lovely spacious double room, big garden with seating, clean and friendly staff. The only negative for us was there there were quite a few young people here who took up all the space in the communal lounge most of the time and the kitchen is pretty small. However can't really complain for the price and given the fact it is a backpacker hostel.

Reviewed September 15, 2017

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9.2
Exceptional
Nutthapoj from Thailand
Solo traveler
Stayed 7 nights in July 2020

Cleaned facilities and well organized.”

There are a lot of rooms come with 2 separated building which both have own kitchen. The manager is well organized at the room and facilities. She and her staffs keeps cleaning and tidy their backpacker in the outstanding environment. Only annoying thing is location which is a little bit far from CBD. You can do an exercise by walking for 20 minutes ;)

Reviewed August 17, 2020

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9.2
Exceptional
Amy from United Kingdom
Couple
Double En-Suite
Stayed 1 night in August 2017

Lovely hostel and very good value ”

I had the double onsuite room which was very spacious and had a Paris theme which was a nice touch. The room was clean and had the hostel had everything I needed. The owner was extreamly friendly and helpful and the hostel offered free use of bikes and a nice breakfast. Can't fault it for a budget stopover

Reviewed August 21, 2017

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8.8
Excellent
Yew from Malaysia
Group
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

Warm and new room”

Free breakfast from 7-9am, great news for the backpacker

Reviewed November 30, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
Katie from United Kingdom
Couple
Double shared bathroom
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

Good one night stay”

Stayed one night, arrived after hours so they left key out for us. Lovely room, the only negative thing I could say is that toilet/shower was always in use so there was always a wait. But rooms was good and close to the supermarket

Reviewed February 16, 2020

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8.4
Excellent
Leonardo from Brazil
Couple
Double En-Suite
Stayed 1 night in May 2017

Great value for money”

Very good and spacious room. Friendly and helpful staff. Good price for New Zealand. Not in downtown, but easy to go by car (2 minutes). Would stay here again for sure.

Reviewed May 29, 2017

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8.4
Excellent
Cierra from United States
Solo traveler
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

Good enough for me ”

The bed was good! But a lot of light came through the curtains so didn't sleep great plus you can hear every little sound. The toliets and showers smell like pee badly but appeared clean. Free breakfast aka bread. Location it's a nice walk to the center if you don't mind walking.

Reviewed September 07, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Liu from Malaysia
Family with teens
Double shared bathroom
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Nice and comfy twin room”

The twin room that I get was comfy and nice. Shared toilet and shower room are clean too. Kitchen are rather packed during meal hours. Friendly and nice staff.

Reviewed November 14, 2019

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6.0
Michael from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Standard hostel but far from city center, nothing special”

Booked based on high rating and rave reviews from past travelers and travel guides, but I do not know what all the hype is about. It's a fairly normal hostel but a bit unkempt and in need of some maintenance (stoves didn't work, bolts in bunk bed were loose, etc.) The "15-20 minute" walk to town took 30-40mins each time and I walk quickly. 'Free breakfast' was white bread, PB, and jelly. Garden was a nice feature but lots of cigarette butts and some trash. Again, it's no worse or better than your average hostel, but a long walk from town with disappointing features and cleanliness. If I could do it over again, I would stay in a more centrally located hostel.

Reviewed March 22, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Hsueh from New Zealand
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in November 2020

Cozy&clean”

The staffs keep this hostel very tidy and clean. There has a super cute kitty cat. Must recommended this hostel.

Reviewed December 02, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Tan from China
Solo traveler
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Clean and comfy”

Great service, nice stuff, clean environment, comfy bed and breakfast

Reviewed October 15, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
HUAJUN from New Zealand
Solo traveler
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

You get what you pay for ”

Few Parking spaces. 25min walking to downtown. Good fish and chips near by. Small room, check in at 4pm. Free breakfast(heaps of choice, not just cereal). Cozy lodge. But that’s it. It’s good to stay for a night.

Reviewed March 15, 2020

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9.2
Exceptional
Yi from Taiwan
Solo traveler
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Nice backpackers ”

Here is clean and friendly staff.simple but have everything that one expects to you find. I had great time here,that time was enjoying and relaxing !

Reviewed February 25, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Chinghua from Taiwan
Couple
Double shared bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

Nice stay”

Walkable distance to city center, wifi is quite fast.

Reviewed February 09, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
DO from South Korea
Couple
6-Bed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in July 2017

Exceptional”

free wifi, parking, breakfast...It's awesome

Reviewed July 22, 2017

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