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The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

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In-room safe, free WiFi
In-room safe, free WiFi

Overview of The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

2 out of 5

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Business services
  • Laundry

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, 7010

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationVictory Square7 min walk
  • Popular LocationNelson Hospital7 min walk
  • Popular LocationFairfield Park11 min walk
  • AirportNelson (NSN)7 min drive

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About this area


Located in Nelson, The Bug Backpackers - Hostel is in the suburbs and near the airport. Centre of New Zealand Monument is a notable landmark, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Nelson Provincial Museum and Queens Gardens. Looking to enjoy an event or a match while in town? See what's going on at Trafalgar Park. Make sure you don't miss outdoor adventures like cave exploring, hiking/biking trails and ecotours.

What's nearby

  • Victory Square - 7 min walk
  • Nelson Hospital - 7 min walk
  • Fairfield Park - 11 min walk
  • Christ Church Cathedral - 3 min drive
  • Paddy's Knob Reserve - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 7 min drive


  • Akbabas Turkish Kebab House - 3 min drive
  • Comida - 3 min drive
  • Smugglers - 7 min drive

About this property

The Bug Backpackers - Hostel

Suburban Nelson hostel in Nelson South, near Nelson Provincial Museum
Coffee/tea in a common area, a microwave in a common area and a fridge in a common area are available at this hostel. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, free use of bicycles, laundry facilities and a computer station are on-site. All 14 rooms offer free WiFi, sofa beds and TVs with cable channels. Separate baths and showers and safes are among the other amenities available to guests.
The Bug Backpackers - Hostel offers 14 forms of accommodation with a safe. Televisions come with cable channels.

Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access.

Recreational amenities at the hostel include complimentary bicycles.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

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.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7 AM–9 AM
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Arcade/games room
  • Free bike hire

Family friendly

  • Arcade/games room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Sofa bed


  • Front-desk safe
  • Library
  • No lifts

Guest services

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

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Italian

Business services

  • Computer station


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • No lift (single-level property)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge

Room amenities


  • Heating
  • Sofa bed


  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Separate bathtub and shower


  • 32-inch TV
  • TV channels


  • Safe

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Check-in from 2:30 PM - 7 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 17


Check-out before 10 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
Late check-out fee: NZD 20
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

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

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Late check-out fee: NZD 20 (subject to availability)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts Visa and Mastercard; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is 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

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 30 out of 60 reviews
5 - Excellent 50%
Rating 4 - Good. 22 out of 60 reviews
4 - Good 37%
Rating 3 - Okay. 6 out of 60 reviews
3 - Okay 10%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 60 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 60 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Cleanliness
Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Everyone were so helpful and nice. Our unit was amazing!! Very quiet and peaceful. Thank you all so much!!!
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2019

5/5 Excellent

Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2019

3/5 Okay

I didn’t think the rating it got on Wotif is accurate to how I experienced the hostel.
Stayed 4 nights in Jan 2019