The Bug Backpackers Nelson is much more than a bunk and a blanket. Run by travelers for travelers, this hostel has a homely, family atmosphere. It is an awesome place to meet and socialize with like-minded, independent travelers. We also offer lots of FREE stuff: unlimited, fast WiFi, breakfast, BBQ (bond required) and some games (darts, fooseball).

We have some bikes available for hire for a very small fee. 

The hostel, spread over three houses and connected by a relaxing garden with hammocks and fruit trees, features comfortable beds and quality linens. In the colder months we are fully heated with thick duvets.

We hope you have found this site as you travel around beautiful New Zealand or you are planning a trip to New Zealand soon. Both of course mean a stay in Nelson.

Stay with us at ‘The Bug’ and fuel your travel bug!  

Winter reception hours now apply, 9am-12noon and 2:30-7:00pm (2:30-8:00pm from 1st December)


Book direct with us now and save - as we'll match any deal or price you find online, you wont pay credit card fees, plus have control of your booking with us directly (avoid the middle man).

Check our booking page for best online prices for early bookers, return stays (loyalty discount offers), and multiple day bookings.  You really do get the best price and deal when you book direct with us. 


Contact us or book now



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