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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 2 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

If any cancellations within 14 days of due arrival date the full amount is to be paid

Additional Terms and Conditions

No group bookings for December, January and February

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:

20% deposit in order to hold the reservation. Not refundable if cancelled with-in 2 weeks of arrival day.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


The Bug Backpackers

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Great Location
  • Helpful Staff
  • Good Cleanliness
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Property Description

Run by travelers for travelers, The Bug Backpackers Nelson has a homely family atmosphere. The hostel is spread over three houses and connected by a relaxing garden with fruit trees, BBQ and a football table. Come and enjoy the quality and cleanliness of this popular hostel.

The Bug Backpackers features free unlimited WiFi, bicycle rental, free breakfast, a laundry, free luggage storage, free off street parking, large well equipped kitchens with fresh herbs and bread, free coffee and tea, lockers in large dorms, camping gear rental and much more.

Our rooms are spacious and modern. In the colder months we are fully heated with thick duvets. Our staff is awesome. We help you to meet people, organize tours and take care of pretty much everything you need.

Reception is open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 15:30 pm to 17:30 pm. You can also check in outside these times by prior arrangement. Please call once you have made a reservation.

Free Breakfast is included.

Guests must be at least 18 years of age unless they are with a parent or guardian. We do welcome families.

We speak English, Italian, Dutch and German. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 6.0

  • Security 7.0

  • Location 7.0

  • Staff 6.0

  • Atmosphere 5.0

  • Cleanliness 6.0

  • Facilities 6.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    21 Feb 2020
    Great staff and company, was a pleasure to wake up there.
    South Africa, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    16 Jan 2020
    I had a great time at the Bug. The staff consists mostly of young volunteers who are really fun to hang out with and who create a very nice atmosphere. The free breakfast is good and there is plenty for everybody. Its a 25 minute walk into town but therefore its also only 25 minutes to the beach.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    30 Apr 2019
    This place feels like home, its atmosphere is amazing. It is a little out of town, but I loved the location. The facilities were great and the staff very friendly. Totally recommend it.
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    15 Mar 2019
    Was in a 3 bed room, most comfortable bed in my 4 months of travelling. I extended a couple times for that. Also great atmosphere, people were wonderful, outdoor space is nice, kitchen is well equipped. Far walk from city center but not a big deal for me. Close enough to do the Abel Tasman. Great stay.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    22 Feb 2019
    Bit far from town but otherwise no complaints! Lovely staff, nice facilities, would stay again.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    12 Jun 2019
    Center of town is a solid 25 minutes away, made it a bit of a pain to go back and forth between Nelson and the hostel. Otherwise a great place!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    16 Feb 2019
    It’s located about 1km from the bus stop. Not to bad of a walk with your stuff . It’s a cozy hostel with everything you would need the basics . I stayed one night
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    31 Mar 2019
    Nice stay, friendly atmosphere and cool staff. Bedbugs though.........
    Denmark, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.3


    04 Jun 2020
    Hostel was a bit grim, looked like a lot of long stay people using. Basic but ok for a short stay
    Ireland, Male, 41+
  • 6.0


    03 Feb 2021
    More like a halfway house than a hostel. Was surprised to be put in a mixed dorm with all other occupants males that lived there long term, who weren't travelling. Felt a bit uncomfortable.
    New Zealand, Female, 31-40
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Foosball
  • Wi-Fi