It’s easy to see why the bug has twice been awarded first place in the BBH National Quality Awards (2011 & 2012 in the 41-70 bed category). From the outside the hostel (which is three buildings) looks well maintained but it’s the interior where the quality and personality of the rooms and facilities shine.
The bug has a subtle VW theme – a poster in the laundry, VW models in a kitchen, and VW’s make an appearance in the bedrooms in one form or other – wall art, money box or maybe a print. You might even find a VW chocolate on your bed.
As the photos show the rooms are clean and nicely painted, a useful feature is the table lamps in private rooms and the lights above the beds in dorm rooms. The communal kitchens are modern and well equipped, I wouldn’t be able to resist using the VW egg cups.
Nelson is a city that gets plenty of sunshine and you can enjoy it in the outdoor area at the back of the hostel. If it does happen to rain there are board games, the daily newspaper in the lounge, and free WiFi.
The hostel attracts independent travellers and it’s far enough away from bars that those on a drinking tour of NZ will find it too far to stumble. For those keen to explore Nelson on wheels there’s free vehicle parking and free bikes. The bug is a good 15 minute walk from the city centre, pick ups can be arranged, although not from the airport.
The different room types cater to those travelling solo on a budget to groups who want to stay together and have their own cooking and bathroom facilities. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor. You’ll find the bug at 226 Vanguard Street in Nelson.
Google might bring some VW enthusiasts to this page and I’m hoping for some VW serendipity …. I used to own a 1969 VW convertible, unfortunately it came to a fiery end in 2006 on Tamaki Drive in Auckland. The insurance company wrote the car off, we’d hoped it would be repaired. The day it was auctioned we flew to Thailand so were unable to see if anyone bought it as a do up. It wasn’t an original convertible so it didn’t have a high dollar value but someone may have rescued it as a project car. I’d love to know if it ever got back on the road.