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The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

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Double Shared Bathroom | In-room safe, free WiFi
BBQ/picnic Area
Standard Studio, Private Bathroom, Courtyard Area | In-room safe, free WiFi
Lobby lounge

Overview of The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

2.0 star property
Suburban hostel within walking distance of Nelson Hospital

8.6/10 Fabulous

62 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Child-friendly activities
226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, 7010

Guests rated this location 8.1/10 - Very good

Main amenities
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Garden
  • Arcade/games room
  • Library
  • Computer station
  • Front desk safe
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Fridge in a common area
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Multilingual staff
Feel at home
  • Sofa bed
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Nelson South

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 7 min drive


  • Victory Square Fish & Chips - 7 min walk
  • McDonald's - 2 min drive
  • Sprig and Fern Tahuna - 6 min drive
  • Lambretta's Cafe Bar - 2 min drive
  • Domino's - 17 min walk

About this property

The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

A great choice for a stay in Nelson, The Bug Backpackers - Hostel is only 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from the airport. Guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails and mountain biking, and free perks include WiFi, self-parking and buffet breakfast daily between 7 AM and 9 AM. Other features include free bike rentals, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the helpful staff and breakfast.


English, Italian

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

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 14 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:30 PM until 7 PM
  • Express check-out available
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 17
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

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 17


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 7 AM–9 AM
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • BBQs
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge

What to do

  • Discount at nearby fitness centre
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free bike hire


  • 3 buildings/towers
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Arcade/games room


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • No lift (single-level property)


  • English
  • Italian

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 32-inch TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Heating

Sleep well

  • Sofa bed

Freshen up

  • Separate bath and shower
  • Hairdryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Late checkout can be arranged for an extra charge of NZD 20 (subject to availability)

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.

Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.


<p>Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.</p> <p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

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

Frequently asked questions

Does The Bug Backpackers - Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Bug Backpackers - Hostel 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.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Bug Backpackers - Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, 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 The Bug Backpackers - Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Bug Backpackers - Hostel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Bug Backpackers - Hostel?
You can check in from 2:30 PM - 7 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of NZD 20 (subject to availability). Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Bug Backpackers - Hostel and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as cycling. Additional recreation nearby includes cave exploring and ecotours. Enjoy amenities such as an arcade, a picnic area and a garden.
What's the area around The Bug Backpackers - Hostel like?
The Bug Backpackers - Hostel is in Nelson South, a short 7-minute drive from Nelson (NSN) and 7 minutes' walk from Nelson Hospital. Travellers say that this hostel is in a good location.







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Property conditions & facilities




2/10 Poor

This property is not hotel。
Hong, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

great spot to stay
I had a very pleasant stay at the Bug. Not so many around so it was quite quiet. But I would happily stay another time !!
2-night trip
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6/10 Good

3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

We stayed at the Bug Backpackers for one night on our way through Abel Tasman. It fit our needs - nothing fancy but we met some great people and the shared facilities were well stocked and comfortable.
1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Everyone were so helpful and nice. Our unit was amazing!! Very quiet and peaceful. Thank you all so much!!!
2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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6/10 Good

I didn’t think the rating it got on Wotif is accurate to how I experienced the hostel.
Maria, 4-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Best experience with the price I have paid, service was good, clean and tidy rooms, good location
Jagat, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Nice seperate unit for our family. Great hosts facilities, only complaint would be the shower pressure was all over the place and I suspect the shower trap could do with a clean out, otherwise was great...
2-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Amie, 2-night trip
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