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7.6
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Very good location
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  • Nelson Public Hospital260 m
  • South Street Gallery1.42 km
  • South St Gallery1.43 km
  • Höglund Art Glass Gallery1.48 km
  • Jens Hansen1.56 km
  • Stewarts Avanti Plus Nelson1.56 km
  • Christ Church Cathedral1.56 km
  • Litter Arty1.56 km
  • Flamedaisy Glass Design1.56 km
  • Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith1.58 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    The Bug Backpackers

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

    This property is in high demand!

    Last booked 8 hours ago

    "The bed was good!"
    Cierra - September 7, 2018
    Excellent service
    8.8 rating for service
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.5 rating for cleanliness
    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Breakfast [free]

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Garden

    • Smoking area

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Nelson in the last 24 hours

    Compared to 379 Nelson properties at Agoda for various dates

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    Cheapest price score
    Value for money score
    9.0/10
    Room comfort score
    8.3/10
    Service score
    8.8/10
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Nelson properties
    Better than
    96
    %
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    Better than
    94
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    Better than
    92
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    of Nelson properties
    Value for money8.9
    Location rating7.6
    Nearest airportNelson Airport (NSN)
    Distance to airport4.0 km

    Rooms available at The Bug Backpackers

    8.3
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Double shared bathroom
    Double shared bathroom
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Park view
    • 1 queen bed
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    6-Bed Dormitory
    6-Bed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Studio
    Studio
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    • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed
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    8-Bed Dormitory
    8-Bed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Double En-Suite
    Double En-Suite
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed
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    4-Bed Dormitory
    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
    Twin Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 2 single beds
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    Shared Room
    Shared Room
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      Studio with Ensuite
      Studio with Ensuite
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        Double Shared Bathroom
        Double Shared Bathroom
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          What people love about The Bug Backpackers

          • 9.2
            Exceptional
            Cleanliness

            "Lovely spacious double room, big garden with seating, clean and friendly staff."

            Amanda

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            September 15, 2017

          • 8.0
            Very good
            Cleanliness

            "there is large and clean kitchen and area for different backpackers to mingle."

            Jessica

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            December 26, 2017

          • 10.0
            Exceptional
            Cleanliness

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

            Tan

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            October 15, 2018

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          9.2
          Exceptional

          "I had the double onsuite room which was very spacious and ha..."

          Amy

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          August 21, 2017

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          Breakfast
          7 mentions
          Housekeeping
          7 mentions
          Internet
          4 mentions

          What they offer

          9.6
          Exceptional

          "The Bug Backpackers is colorful, cozy and homelike, I really..."

          Brit

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          February 14, 2018

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          Most recent reviews for The Bug Backpackers
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in November 2018
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Review score4.4
          Far away from townLook for a better hostel closer to the city center.
          Luisfrom United StatesReviewed November 26, 2018
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in October 2018
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Exceptional10.0
          Clean and comfyGreat service, nice stuff, clean environment, comfy bed and breakfast
          Tanfrom ChinaReviewed October 15, 2018
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in September 2018
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Excellent8.4
          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.
          Cierrafrom United StatesReviewed September 07, 2018
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in August 2018
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Very good7.6
          It was a nice stay overall.It was a nice stay overall.
          Saifrom Hong KongReviewed August 26, 2018
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in March 2018
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Good6.0
          Standard hostel but far from city center, nothing specialBooked 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.
          Michaelfrom United StatesReviewed March 22, 2018

          Reviews of The Bug Backpackers from real guests

          Overall rating
          8.3
          Excellent
          From 731 reviews
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          Rating via Agoda8.4
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          Cleanliness8.5
          Facilities8.5
          Location7.6
          Room comfort and quality8.3
          Service8.8
          Value for money8.9
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          6-7 Good (2)
          <6 Below Expectation (8)
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          4.4
          Luis from United States
          Solo traveler
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

          Far away from town”

          Look for a better hostel closer to the city center.

          Reviewed November 26, 2018

          Dear Luis, Thank you for your review at Agoda! I hope that you liked your stay at the Bug. About the location of the hostel. It is written on the internet that we are not in the city centre. Its a 20 min walk or 5 min by bike. Hopefully it didn't influence your stay to much! Save travels, The Bug Backpackers

          Responded December 19, 2018
          The Bug Backpackers
          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
          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
          7.6
          Very good
          Sai from Hong Kong
          Solo traveler
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

          It was a nice stay overall.”

          It was a nice stay overall.

          Reviewed August 26, 2018
          6.0
          Michael from United States
          Solo traveler
          6-Bed Dormitory
          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
          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
          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
          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
          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
          8.4
          Excellent
          Lim from Malaysia
          Couple
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

          Free breakfast”

          Free breakfast feeling good

          Reviewed August 02, 2017
          7.6
          Very good
          Lim from Malaysia
          Solo traveler
          6-Bed Dormitory
          Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

          Anythings Good”

          will stay again

          Reviewed August 02, 2017
          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
          7.6
          Very good
          Adel from Thailand
          Solo traveler
          4-Bed Dormitory
          Stayed 6 nights in May 2017

          Good place to stay”

          Need more laundry machine

          Reviewed June 09, 2017
          8.4
          Excellent
          Leonardo from Brazil
          Couple
          Double En-Suite
          Stayed 1 night in May 2017

          Excellent”

          Good room, friendly staff, great value for money.

          Reviewed May 30, 2017
          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
          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
          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
          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
          8.8
          Excellent
          noriko from Australia
          Couple
          Double shared bathroom
          Stayed 1 night in December 2016

          very good”

          very good

          Reviewed December 18, 2016
          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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