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The Bug Backpackers

Hostel | 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand 7010

94.3% Overall Rating

19 out of 19 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/03/2015)

"Such easy going staff, picked up right from bus. Cleanest hostel I've stayed at and nice little touches like the free bread. Easy to get to beach on free bikes"

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bicycle hire
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Communal kitchen
  • Outside area

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:30
Latest Check-out: 10:00

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National Award Wining Hostel for the last two years running. First Place in the BBH Quality Awards 2011 and 2012. This is purely based on customer ratings.
We are a family run, modern, clean and homely backpackers. Come and enjoy the quality and cleanliness and experience what others have enjoyed
Wireless internet is free, as it is on our PCs. Or get out and explore Nelson on our free bikes. Read more

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Shared Rooms Help! A shared room (typically a dorm) is a bedroom which you share with other people from the property. The number of beds in a room is shown in the room name, e.g. ‘5 Bed Dorm’, and you can book as many as you need. Some properties have male only dorms and female only dorms.

4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

6 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

8 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included
Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

Deluxe Studio (Private bathroom)


Deluxe Double (Private bathroom)


Deluxe Double (Shared bathroom)


Twin (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

About The Bug Backpackers

A warm welcome awaits you at the bug Backpackers Nelson. The ultimate in budget accommodation. We are a sunny homestyle hostel, well renovated, fresh, modernised, with quality furnishings. More essentially we are super clean.

The basics are done to an exceptional standard to exceed guest expectations. This means quality beds and linens. Fresh modern furniture. Top end appliances in clean well equipped kitchens. Modern clean bathrooms with top end fixtures and fittings. In the colder months we are fully heated with thick duvets.

This is an owner operated hostel with all the passion, service and enthusiasm you’d expect to enjoy from us fronting our own place. As your hosts, Anthony and Steph, we are fresh from travel ourselves and always planning our next trip. We believe we have just the set up for today’s independent traveller. We work hard to create the perfect atmosphere for our guests.

Be inspired by others tales and share you own. There are always friendly travellers to meet in the lounge, kitchen, garden or at the barbeques. We enjoy guests from a huge variety of cultures and ages. The photos plastering the walls will give you great ideas for trips in NZ and further afield. Add fuel to your travel bug!

Accommodation Information

The bug backpackers has a choice of five room types. The four private room types are Studio, Double ensuite, Double and Twin with shared bathroom. All beds are fully made up with linens and towels. The fifth room type is dormitory, we have 3,4,6 and 8 people per room. All beds and bunks have all linens.

The Studio has it's own bathroom with shower and seperate bath. There is a kitchen area with full cooking facilities. TV/DVD. Air conditioning also. There is room for additional beds for families.

The Double ensuite has it's own private bathroom. There are bedside tables, reading lights, Ipod/phone dock and alarm clock. There is room for additional beds for families.

The Double shared bathroom and twin with shared bathroom also have the reading lights, Ipod/phone dock and alarm clock.

Our small 3 and 4 bed dorms have beds not bunks, bedside tables and reading lights. The 6 bed dorm has bunks with reading light, private power sockets and shelves. The 8 bed dorm is also with bunks.

Location Information

The Bug Backpackers
226 Vanguard Street
Nelson 7010

The bug backpackers is a 15 minutes walk to town, less than 5 minutes on a complimentary bike or 2 minute drive. Supermarkets are located just before town
We are a free pick up and drop off for all guests arriving or departing by bus.

We are a 3 minute walk to local shops, takeaways and Post Office

It is a 7 minute drive to the Airport

Nelson is located less than a hour from the Abel Tasmen National Park. We are just as close to Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park.
Nelson is famous for sunshine, beaches, beautiful walks and scenery. Festivals and Events are held throughout the year and there are activities for all travellers tastes. Nelson has beautiful beaches, pubs and clubs, a cinema, museum, art galleries, historic places to visit and loads of places to dine out or just enjoy a great coffee.

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