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Tasman Bay Backpackers

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In-room safe, individually decorated, individually furnished, free WiFi
Outdoor dining
Meeting facility
Lobby sitting area
Queen Ensuite Room | Bathroom

Overview of Tasman Bay Backpackers

Tasman Bay Backpackers

2.0 star property
City centre hostel in The Wood
9.0 out of 10 Superb
9.0/10 Superb

103 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking
The price is NZ$71
Price available on 31/05/2023
10 Weka Street, Nelson, 7010
Main amenities
  • Free train station pick-up
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Reception fireplace
  • Front desk safe
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Concierge services
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Luggage storage
  • Limited hour front desk
Feel at home
  • Cookware, dishware and utensils
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Laundry facilities
  • BBQ(s)
  • Free self-parking

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In The Wood

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 11 min drive
  • Free train station pickup


  • The Free House - 11 min walk
  • Deville - 11 min walk
  • Masa's Restaurant & Sake Bar - 14 min walk
  • Sprig & Fern Tavern - 9 min walk
  • Robert Harris Cafe - 13 min walk

About this property

Tasman Bay Backpackers

Tasman Bay Backpackers is a great choice for a stay in Nelson. Freebies such as WiFi and self-parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking and mountain biking. Other highlights include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the comfortable beds and WiFi.


Dutch, English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 21 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from noon until 8:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 15
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions
  • At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the train station; to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • This hotel's reception is open from 8 AM until 1 PM and 3 PM until 9 PM.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 15


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Free train station pickup*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • BBQs
  • Free daily reception

What to do

  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Surfing/body boarding nearby
  • Skydiving nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1987
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in reception


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Garden
  • Individually furnished and decorated

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Cash deposit: NZD 10.00 per stay for guests under 18 years old

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning.

Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination.


This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Tasman Backpackers
Tasman Bay
Tasman Bay Backpackers
Tasman Bay Backpackers Hostel
Tasman Bay Backpackers Hostel Nelson
Tasman Bay Backpackers Nelson
Tasman Bay Backpackers Hotel Nelson
Tasman Bay Backpackers Nelson
Tasman Bay Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Tasman Bay Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Nelson

Frequently asked questions

Does Tasman Bay Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Tasman Bay Backpackers does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
As of 30 May 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Tasman Bay Backpackers on 31 May 2023 start from NZ$71, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
This property confirms that guests must provide documentation related to COVID-19 at check-in. Furthermore, disinfectant is used to clean the property, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Tasman Bay Backpackers?
You can check in from noon - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Tasman Bay Backpackers and nearby?
Have fun with activities such as cycling, boat tours and hiking, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course. Enjoy amenities such as a picnic area and a garden.
Does Tasman Bay Backpackers have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a garden.
What's the area around Tasman Bay Backpackers like?
Tasman Bay Backpackers is in The Wood, a short 6-minute walk from Trafalgar Park and 11 minutes' walk from Founders Park. Travellers recommend the hostel for its central location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very good

Very friendly rezeption, clean rooms,
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

My stay at Tasman Bay Backpackers was great, the staff were really friendly and welcoming and the hostel was clean throughout. It’s close to the centre of town but very quiet at night. The nightly chocolate pudding was a nice touch and great opportunity to chat to others in the communal areas.
Amy, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This accommodation is extremely surprising, compared to many others. It feels more like a well kept, vibrant and relaxed large house instead of a commercial property, while still maintaining an excellent level of staff attendance, and security and room availability. All of the guests staying there were very friendly, and there are plenty of sinks, cooking areas, fridges, food storage and bathrooms available. The lounge area is large and cosy, and they serve delicious ice cream and chocolate cake every single night! Also, as an extra bonus, there's a very friendly and approachable female cat that always is happy to receive attention. Recommend 10/10, can't think of any faults at all.
Elijah, 7-night trip
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2/10 Poor

The whole stay was uncomfortable. The walls are paper thin and the other guests were up and loud well past 2am. We could hear them speaking. Not shouting. Speaking. The walls are that bad. The shower curtain had an almost tangible stench. The soap bottle in our ensuite room had been watered down significantly. The spare blankets in the closet had the smell of death on them. I woke up in the morning smelling like the musty mattress, a smell that was difficult to get off thanks to the extraordinarily low water pressure in the bathroom, not to mention the fact that even with shower shoes I felt uncomfortable being in the shower area. I wouldn't recommend this property to anyone. It's the only time I've ever stayed somewhere and genuinely wanted to demand my money back. For the life of me I don't understand the 5 star reviews, they must be from people who usually stay in the free DOC huts.
1-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

The ensuite room we had for 3 nights was spacious, clean and comfortable with a superior queen bed. Perfect sleep every night. The ensuite was the biggest i have seen in this type of accommodation. It was also sited privately from the rest of the accommodation. The property was constantly full of clients. Maybe because of this, the weak points were, the kitchen area needed to be managed better that ensured it was hygenically clean and there was a constant supply of clean tea towels. There was no TV anywhere and the onsite parking was inadequate.
3-night romance trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Excellent service and room conditions. The staff knew a lot about the city and had provided booklets in the rooms. Free dessert in the lounge to encourage socialising is a great idea!
Jack, 1-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

great stay for mountain biking.
It was another great stay at Tasman back packers. They were very accommodating with myself and my bikes.
Cam, 6-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Good hostel at a nice place .
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Rob, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This was such a friendly first-stop in NZ. It had a nice international vibe, friendly staff, clean and comfortable facilities, and of course dessert after dinner! One of the best hostels I have stayed in.,
Molly, 1-night trip
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