12 Hostels in Nelson, New Zealand

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Nelson, New Zealand. You can choose from 12 Nelson hostels. In total, there are 13 cheap places to stay in Nelson such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $17 for a dorm.

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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.

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Cheapest hostel in Nelson


(Bridge Backpackers is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Nelson


(The Custom House is the best rated)

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Hostels in Nelson for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Nelson for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Nelson? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Nelson alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Nelson. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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 are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and 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. To help you make friends with Nelson before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 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).

Other Nearby Cities
Richmond Richmond (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Rai Valley Rai Valley (25 Km / 16 mi.)
Motueka Motueka (27 Km / 17 mi.)
Marahau Marahau (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Havelock Havelock (40 Km / 25 mi.)
Abel Tasman National Park Abel Tasman National Park (48 Km / 30 mi.)
Anakiwa Anakiwa (52 Km / 32 mi.)

FAQ about Nelson Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Nelson. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Nelson. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Nelson Hostels

A hostel in Nelson costs on average $17 for a dorm. A hostel in Nelson with private rooms costs on average $57.

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Accents YHA Nelson is the best hostel in Nelson for families.

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Travel Tips for Nelson - from the Community

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Your Packing List for Nelson

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Nelson and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Nelson