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Downtown Backpackers

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Queen Room | Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Queen Room | Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Queen Room | Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Queen Room | Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access

Overview of Downtown Backpackers

Downtown Backpackers

2.0 star property
No-frills hostel in Nelson City Centre

6.4/10 Good

54 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Airport transfer
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24/7 front desk
The price is NZ$115
Price available on 01/04/2023
131 Bridge Street, Nelson, 7010
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • BBQ(s)

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Nelson City Centre

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 14 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • The Free House - 2 min walk
  • Deville - 4 min walk
  • Broccoli Row - 4 min walk
  • Masa's Restaurant & Sake Bar - 4 min walk
  • Robert Harris Cafe - 3 min walk

About this property

Downtown Backpackers

When visiting Nelson, Downtown Backpackers is a great choice to consider. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and location.


Arabic, 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

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 14 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until midnight
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The check-in location differs from the property location; to check in, go to Back of the building on New Street.
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

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 18


  • Children (17 years old and younger) are not allowed
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • On-site parking only available on request


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • BBQs


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Low-height worktop and sink


  • Arabic
  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve on-site parking

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.

Guests are provided with hand sanitiser and cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-out is available.


<p>Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.</p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector on site.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Downtown Backpackers Hostel Nelson
Downtown Backpackers Nelson
Downtown Accommodation Backpackers
Downtown Backpackers Nelson
Downtown Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Downtown Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Nelson

Frequently asked questions

Does Downtown Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Downtown 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 Downtown Backpackers?
As of 31 March 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Downtown Backpackers on 1 April 2023 start from NZ$115, 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 Downtown Backpackers?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Downtown Backpackers?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Downtown Backpackers?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Downtown Backpackers?
You can check in from 2 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at Downtown Backpackers and nearby?
Downtown Backpackers has a picnic area.
What's the area around Downtown Backpackers like?
Downtown Backpackers is a short 5-minute walk from Nelson Market and 6 minutes' walk from Queens Gardens. Travellers say that this hostel is in a good location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




4/10 Fair

Slow to get into the accommodation. The staff member was pleasant. Room was basic. Had a very poor mattress and a single bed that was too small for me. The night was interrupted was excessive coughing and hacking up of phlegm by one resident. Very load TVs at 02:30 by a guest. Managed to get 3 hours of sleep from shear fatigue.
Christopher, 1-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

Could not have been a more terrible experience if it tried
1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

6/10 Good

Budget n good stay
This backpacker place is cheap to stay with good size queen room, which has tv, fridge, queen/double size bed, private bathroom and heater. The room is quite good in size n accomodating in that price. There is communal/sharing kitchen with all kitchenware n cookware things, also free breakfast included. The only problem is the club downstairs, on friday and saturday night the noise and bass effect of speakers shake the whole room. So if you planning to stay those night peacefully n relax, then sorry you must see other option. But if you keen on going clubs/bars downstairs on friday n saturday night like we did, then its best at that price n its cleaned n comfortable. Also the backapacker is right in the heart of the city.
Shivraj, 1-night trip with friends
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6/10 Good

Cheap place to stay in good location
Owner was friendly and very helpful. Room was cheap and wifi was good. Location is good with lots of eateries, shops. Close distance to Centre of Nelson, Queens Garden and Intercity bus terminal.
1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

Party or no-party?
If you are going out on the town, it’s perfect. We were told there may be some nice as we are in the party-end of town but didn’t expect that the biggest club in town was downstairs. Spent the night trying to sleep through the booming bass from the club. Not at all a good sleep (until 3am) but if you are in town to party it would be fine
1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Stay away if you want to be able to sleep
Hotel located on top of nightclub playing VERY loud techno music. Absolutely impossible to sleep, even using earplugs. Left for other hotel in middle of night. I am a sound sleeper and used to stay in simple hotels in developing countries, but this is the worst I have ever tried.
Martin Rune Hassan, 1-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

very loud
It's over a nightclub with no sound proofing. So its very loud and the base makes the doors rattle. The room also get very hot in summer.
Heike, 2-night romance trip
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4/10 Fair

Place ok but noisy below
The backpackers itself was good but below was a nightclub and extreme vibrating noice due to loud music till 3am
Don, 2-night romance trip
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