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Abel's Central Backpackers

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Under New Managment and undergoing a refresh, Abel's Central Backpackers is slap bang in the middle of town. We have 14 rooms available in our central city location. 1 min walk to the bus stops and I-site, we can also arrange transport and activity pick ups from the door. Free High Speed Wi-Fi is available in every room and we have a well equipped communal kitchen, two sun decks, TV room and book swap.
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

The point of difference with this hostel was the staff - they're just lovely! The bed was very comfortable, and the cheapest I've stayed in New Zealand. The kitchen was very clean, strangely I couldnt get the light switches in the bathrooms to work? Its...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank Monique C
Response from Steve G, General Manager at Abel's Central BackpackersResponded 21 October 2018

Thanks very much

Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

The staff needed a few calls til someone came downstairs. Very unfriendly and not helpful! They didn't explained anything about the hostel or the city. The rooms are clean. It is directly in the city centre.

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank CarolynR1634
Response from Steve G, General Manager at Abel's Central BackpackersResponded 13 September 2018

Thanks very much for your feedbacl

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We stayed in this hostel after travelling around South Island. We really liked the great atmosphere there. Staff gave us a really warm welcome and treated us like part of family. Kitchen is big and there is everything you need for cooking. Beds are comfortable...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Kaisa A
Response from Steve G, General Manager at Abel's Central BackpackersResponded 11 June 2018

Thanks very much!

Reviewed 21 May 2018

This is the cheapest hostel I have booked all over New Zealand. It's not bad at all for the price, if you don't mind the most unconfortable beds to sleep and noise. Price is not very clear. I payed 15 for my first night in...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank EMonle
Response from Steve G, General Manager at Abel's Central BackpackersResponded 23 May 2018

Thanks very much - new owners have taken over and we are working through the above.

Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Its very cheap but not worth going that cheap. We had a 10 bed dorm but the room was tiny, no room to move around at all. The room also stunk of weed and feet because all the workers sit on the balcony right beside...More

Date of stay: April 2018
2  Thank Mikaela B
Response from Steve G, General Manager at Abel's Central BackpackersResponded 4 April 2018

Sorry you didn't have a good stay, we are in the process of painting the whole place and changing out all the rooms. New management took over less than a month ago and we are working through all the rooms.

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PRICE RANGE
US$25 - US$51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Retreat Backpackers
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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