Backpacker Hostels in Nelson, New Zealand

10 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $9 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Nelson

Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…I would recommend it to anyone. This is a really great hostel. There is a brilliant friendly atmosphere as soon as you walk in the place. We stayed in a double room, which was a really good size … More
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Groups (10+ people) Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…Check-in is at 2 p.m. and checkout at 10 a.m. The staff has excellent knowledge of the options available when it comes to Abel Tasman National Park tours. There is no curfew, but door is closed at … More
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Surrounded by waterfront either jump off the wharf into the sea next door or walk along the waterfront to the beach for the day. Close by are cafes, fresh fish shops and Nelsons best (award … More
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The dining area has a few tables and two computers with internet. There is a really nice TV room with lots of places to sit and more than four hundred movies on the TV. Games and a book exchange … More
Adventure Hostels Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The use of illegal drugs is not permitted on our sites and will result in immediate eviction without refund. SOCIAL CODE: For a stress-free stay for all our guests in the Backpackers, Bridge … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Youth Hostel
"…I love the main house, it really feels like being home on the other side of the world. The gardens around are so nice with all the sunny sitting areas. I'd love to stay here much longer but have … More
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The twin and double rooms are not very spacious. Linen is provided by the hostel, but towels are not. The hostel has one bathroom and a toilet room. The toilet room has one small sink and a WC … More

The Bug Backpackers


Free Breakfast
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…I had a bit of trouble getting the USB ports to work, but with Antony's help it all worked out fine. The kitchen is recently renovated (the whole place is only a few years old), gorgeous and well- … More
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…What can I say, I've traveled the world but this is by far the best hostel i stayed in. If you enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and generally having a good time, this is the place to … More
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Outdoor Smoking areas provided. Eco Friendly No food or alcohol to be consumed in rooms. No sleeping bags on beds. Please do not hang clothing on balconies or in the common areas. Candles … More

Backpacker Hostels in Nelson, New Zealand

10 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $19 for a dorm bed.
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Get to know Nelson (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nelson.

 Tahunanui Beach

Situated right up in the north of the South Island, Nelson is known as the sunniest city in New Zealand. The weather here is beautiful, especially in the summer, when it draws its biggest crowds.

Tahunanui Beach, which is a short drive from the town centre, is popular with locals and tourists, families, and kite-surfers. Between the beach and Nelson's natural harbour are several trendy bistros that are known for their fine cuisine.

The city centre can satisfy the appetites of all sorts of travelers. For the arty one, there are museums and art galleries. For the music lover, there are annual music festivals held in Nelson and nearby towns. A foodie will love hanging out in Nelson, checking out its various restaurants, cafes, and pubs -- and be spoilt for choice. And if you just want to do some shopping, the city centre can offer you just about whatever you need.

Nelson is a good starting point for travelers heading to the famous Abel Tasman National Park. It is a place you have to visit if you are in the region. Whether you decide to hike or kayak, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Tasman region and if you are lucky, you might get a close encounter with a playful seal cub. Nelson is also home to the geographical centre of New Zealand. It is situated on Botanical Hill and is one of the most popular walks. It takes about thirty minutes for the uphill climb and, while it may be tough for some, no one ever regrets the walk when they see Nelson from the top of the hill.

Finally, there is no lack of Nelson hostels for the budget traveler. You want to stay right in town? By the beach? In a quiet neighbourhood? No problem -- there are hostels everywhere (they are some of the highest rated ones under BBH, New Zealand's hostel network, and there is a very good reason for that).

Nelson Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Nelson, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 10
Average dorm price $21
Average private room price $60
Cheapest hostel in Nelson The Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar with $18
Party hostels in Nelson The Custom House (4 in total)
Average rating of all hostels 7.2

FAQ about Nelson Hostels

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Other Nearby Cities

Rai Valley (25 Km / 16 mi.)
Motueka (27 Km / 17 mi.)
Kaiteriteri (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Marahau (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Havelock (40 Km / 25 mi.)
Abel Tasman National Park (48 Km / 30 mi.)
Anakiwa (52 Km / 32 mi.)

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