Best Places for Backpackers in Nelson, New Zealand.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand.

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Top 14 hostels in Nelson, New Zealand.

These are the 14 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Nelson, New Zealand.

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The Wakatu Hotel

100 /100

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The Wakatu Hotel

A true colonial pub in the heart of Nelson. This friendly place is a great base from which to explore the Nelson region. Our clean, tidy rooms are value for money and we pride ourselves on making our guests feel welcome. ROOMS We have 19 clean, tidy rooms to suit every travelers budget. Guests c...
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Fellworth House for Solo Travellers

97 /100

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Fellworth House for Solo Travellers

Fellworth House is an accommodation venue situated on the lower hills above Nelson City. This elegant two-storey wooden house is built in the ornate Victorian Italianate style, featuring exceptional architecture, gleaming native timber, and antique furniture while still offering homely single occupa...
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Bridge Backpackers

93 /100

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Bridge Backpackers

A stylishly designed backpackers that is just across the road from the bus stop, which means no need to carry that heavy backpack too far. Completely redesigned and refurbished in 2017 we offer large outdoor spaces, fun and welcoming common areas, free unlimited fibre Wi-Fi, free breakfast (includ...
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Tasman Bay Backpackers

91 /100

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Tasman Bay Backpackers

Our hostel is family-run, purpose-built, spacious, very clean and homely. All year round we have free, delicious, homemade hot chocolate pudding and ice cream. From May to October there is a FREE all-you-can-eat winter breakfast, while all year round we've got FREE UNLIMITED Wi-Fi We have a la...
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The Bug Backpackers

91 /100

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The Bug Backpackers

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 f...
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The Palace Backpackers

90 /100

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The Palace Backpackers

Run for over two decades, The Palace Backpackers is this historical colonial villa maybe a stone’s throw from downtown Nelson, but you’d never believe it when you stay here. Set in an enchanting garden with plum and lemon trees and flowers scenting the air, The Palace could be a million miles from a...
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INNBetween Lodge & Backpackers

89 /100

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INNBetween Lodge & Backpackers

The INNBetween lodge + backpackers, is a Boutique Hostel located in sunny Nelson’s city centre. We have all your basic necessities covered including but not limited to -A central location, only a minutes’ walk from the main streets of Nelson city – Bars, cafes, nightlife, shopping, galleries, an...
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YHA Nelson by Accents

88 /100

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YHA Nelson by Accents

Welcome to our place - YHA Nelson by Accents! Our hostel is family owned, award winning and right in the centre of Nelson. A fresh travellers retreat in the heart of the city where you can relax in our sunny garden after a busy day exploring the town. Our awesome location means you can walk to e...
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Almond House Backpackers

88 /100

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Almond House Backpackers

As world travellers ourselves we know what makes a great stay - whatever the season. Almond House summers are all about sunny garden BBQs, the outdoor pizza oven and hammocks while in winter our log fire gatherings are the place to be. All year round you can go exploring on our bikes, plan your ne...
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Prince Albert Backpackers

88 /100

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Prince Albert Backpackers

We offer our guests free unlimited WiFi, a free breakfast that includes waffles along free bikes to explore the city. All of our rooms also have an ensuite bathroom, We, Mike and Nani, own and run this charming and endearing backpackers which operates inside a Heritage-class building that was or...
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The Custom House

87 /100

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The Custom House

BEST LOCATION; The hostels city/waterfront location is 13 minutes walk to the center of town, on the waterfront and close to the beach. The best of all worlds, arrive in town, call us then relax as we come to pick you up. Enjoy the following (ALL FREE) Wi/Fi & computers, 65' TV, Sky, 600 movies, X...
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Paradiso Backpackers

74 /100

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Paradiso Backpackers

Award winning hostel! Great atmosphere, free breakfast, free unlimited WiFi, and free evening soup! We have a 12 metre swimming pool, a sauna, spa pool, beach volleyball court, BBQ's, a pool table, table tennis and we are only 650 metres to the city centre! We offer a wonderful travelers home wit...
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13
Abel

74 /100

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Abel's Central Backpackers

Under New Management as Abel's Central Backpackers, we have 14 rooms available in our central city location. 1 minute walk to I site and bus station,restaurant,supermarket,bank and museum. Free high speed Wi-Fi is available in every room Sunny deck and fresh paint throughout A large fully equip...
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Downtown Accommodation and Backpackers

71 /100

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Downtown Accommodation and Backpackers

Welcome to Downtown Backpackers Nelson! We are Nelson's preeminent backpackers offering quality backpacker and long term accommodation in Nelson. Rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. A flat-screen TV is provided.Big communal fully equipped kitchen at the property to se...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Nelson, New Zealand.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Nelson, New Zealand.

If you're already planning to visit Nelson, New Zealand - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

The Trip

Me and my friend Sonia left for the North Island during the middle of July. It does not sound as the best time to travel around as it’s middle winter, but this country turns up to be a year-round travel destination. It was cold, indeed, so be sure you remember to bring warm clothes when you head there, but it was definitely not unbearable. We spent the first week travelling around Auckland, reaching down to Mount Ngauruhoe, close to Lake Taupo, the most southern point we managed to get during our quick trip to the North Island. We went like in a circle, passing from the Coromandel Peninsula, down to Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo, and then going back up passing from Waitomo District, Hamilton and Piha, just outside Auckland. Needless to say that one week is not enough, but we had no choice and flew down to Christchurch, where we picked up our rented car and did another two weeks of travelling all around the South Island. In this case we tried not to miss any single worth stop. But the weather was not on our side and unfortunately we couldn’t really enjoy every stop. Anyway, we did an anti-clockwise trip, starting from Christchurch, heading up to Kaikoura and Blenheim, passing by Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui) and stopping at Nelson for two days to enjoy the Abel National Park at its best. Then we turned south to Greymouth and to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, right before arriving in Wanaka. After this, we spent a couple of days in Queenstown, where you find tourists at any time of the year as it offers any kind of entertainment, from exciting activities like the first Bungee Jumping or the Swing, to relaxing boat cruises and mountain walks. Winter is of course the best moment to go skiing or snowboarding, and there were hips of backpackers around, ready to get the best from the good snow. After leaving Queenstown we went down to Te Anau and cruised along Milford Sound, then we reached the most Southern Point of the entire Island (Slope Point) and went chasing penguins and albatross around Dunedin. On the way back to Christchurch we couldn’t miss the night sky over Lake Tekapo and the snowy land of Mount Cook, we also drove through the astonishing Arthur’s Pass and ended our trip at Hanmer Springs and at the Banks Peninsula, close to the airport. Words can’t describe our entire experience. We’ve been staying in different hostels every night, crossing path with many other travellers on their way. Heard interesting stories from other people livings and shared rooms with men and women of any possible nationality. No other experience will ever equal the power of this trip and I will never forget all the challenges we also went through (the snow storm being one of those).

Vale

So here’s a couple of options to choose from:

c) the workaround: Now be aware that it does snow in New Zealand and the two options above are closed occasionally or only open for vehicles with snow chains. So you’ll either have to wait or do what we did: drive aaaall the way around the Southern Alps up to Nelson and then south along the east coast.  This will be a 700 km drive instead of the 250 km through Arthur’s Pass. I would only recommend going this way if you really have to or you want to go somewhere along the way (Kaikoura, Nelson, Blenheim..) But now you know that there is an alternative and are not stuck on either side of the mountains.

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Nelson Bay

On May 11th 1770 Captain James Cook while mapping the Eastern Coast of the ‘unknown southern land’ discovered a ‘low rocky point’ which was named for his Secretary of the Admiralty; Port Stephens. Nestled a short 20 minute drive from Port Stephens lies the small township; Nelson Bay. Just like many areas Nelson was named as a tribute to HMAS Lady Nelson. Like many coastal cities it boasts an array of activities such as whale watching (season permitting), all year round dolphin tours, fishing boats that are available for private or commercial hire and of course plenty of sand.

The Girl with the Rose Tattoo

Nelson to Queenstown – that’s the tour

How do you plan your route around the famous West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand? What are the must-sees? Must-stops? Must-dos? If these are the questions on your mind, you’re in the best place! Nelson to Queenstown – that’s the tour You will do well to start from the northernmost city of the beautiful South island. That’s Nelson… which in fact lies in the geographic center of the country of NZ. The exact central point is marked by a little hill that is fun to climb for an averagely adventurous person. And locals say that hill has a very special energy!

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Nelson: The Sunshine Capital

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