Apartments Paradiso
Apartments Paradiso

10 Best Budget Accommodation in Nelson

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Cheap Accommodation in Nelson

Save your money for the things that really matter, like day trips to the Abel Tasman National Park, skydiving, winery tours and more. That’s easily done in the city of Nelson, where budget accommodation pulls out all the stops to attract your business. We’re talking hostels with free chocolate pudding each night, motels with spa baths, holiday parks with summer gigs and children’s play areas… Check out some of our top recommendations for budget accommodation in Nelson!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Guide to Nelson on a Budget and 15 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Nelson.

1. Delorenzo Studio Apartments

While not the cheapest accommodation in Nelson, Delorenzo Studio Apartments provides excellent value which might make you think twice about booking a drab motel room. This apartment-motel in the heart of Nelson offers chic and stylish decor across its 30 rooms. Most apartments feature a full kitchen, ensuite, spa baths and some even a balcony. However, the cheapest studio here is a fantastic option for couples or solo travellers on a budget with the luxury of a private patio but a smaller kitchenette. Communal facilities here include a heated swimming pool in summer, laundry service and services for business travellers.

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Delorenzo Studio Apartments© Delorenzo Studio Apartments

2. Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel

Cheap cabins, motel units and camping sites can be found at this out-of-town holiday park at the idyllic Tahunanui Beach. In the backpacker cabins, the basic kitchen facilities are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and cooking/utensils or hire them from reception. If you don’t have all that, don’t worry. You can upgrade to one of the motel accommodations with full bedding and kitchen facilities provided. The holiday park is an excellent option, especially for budget families thanks to the children’s playground, large open spaces, mini-golf and outdoor gigs in summer. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Nelson.

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Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel© Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel

3. Apartments Paradiso

Located on a quiet street nestled in tropical trees, yet only 650m away from the town centre, Apartments Paradiso provides private budget accommodation in Nelson. Stay in one of the 10 European-style motel units kitted out with spa baths, air-conditioning, free WiFi and super king beds/twin beds. Guests will also have access to the facilities of the hostel next door, including a 12m (39ft) pool, spa pool, sauna and volleyball court.

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Apartments Paradiso© Apartments Paradiso

4. The Bug Backpackers

Nelson is a city of high-quality backpacker hostels, each offering something unique to get your business. One fantastic option is The Bug Backpackers, offering a homely stay just 15-minutes walk from town. Free WiFi, free luggage storage, free breakfast, game tables, laundry services, a barbecue area and two communal kitchens are all part of the package here. In between making use of the facilities, you can stay in a private studio with a queen bed, kitchen and ensuite, an ensuite double room, one of the other private rooms with shared bathrooms, or a dorm rooms. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Nelson.

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The Bug Backpackers© The Bug Backpackers

5. The Hotel Nelson

While prices fluctuate with the day of the week and season, it’s possible to find a good deal on a hotel room at The Hotel Nelson. The centrally-located hotel features free WiFi, free parking, a heated pool in summer, laundry service, business facilities and free gym access. The hotel offers a wide selection of studios with a kitchen, units with a kitchenette and a large bathroom, and apartments with full kitchens, dining area/lounge and bathroom. There’s something affordable for couples up to groups of nine.

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The Hotel Nelson© The Hotel Nelson

6. The Beachcomber Hotel & Conference Centre

Located just a short stroll from Tahunanui Beach, The Beachcomber Hotel offers a range of hotel rooms at an affordable rate. Stay in one of their budget Standard Studios, upgrade to a kitchen in the Kitchen Studio, pamper yourself in the Spa Studio, simply enjoy more space in the One-Bedroom Unit… And the list goes on. As for facilities, guests have access to an outdoor heated pool, as well as an on-site restaurant, the Saltwater Bar & Kitchen. See more hotels with restaurants in our 10 Best Accommodation in Nelson for Foodies.

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The Beachcomber Hotel & Conference Centre© The Beachcomber Hotel & Conference Centre

7. Amber Court Motel

While a little out of town, Amber Court Motel offers fresh and recently refurbished rooms just five minutes away from the airport. All units are on the ground floor and include easy access units. The motel is well-equipped with a guest laundry, portacot and high chair available, spa baths, a barbecue area and a garden. As for accommodation, most rooms suit families with plenty of bedding and a full kitchen, while couples and corporate travellers can choose whether they have a kitchen or not.

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Amber Court Motel© Amber Court Motel

8. Admirals Motor Inn

It couldn’t be easier than Admirals Motor Inn, ideally located within a short walk from the city centre. While the motor inn offers apartments and executive rooms, they also offer extremely affordable “Budget Studios” and “Economy Studios” both with kitchenettes, ensuites and sleeping up to two people. Guests also have access to on-site parking and views across one of Nelson’s inner-city parks.

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Admirals Motor Inn© Admirals Motor Inn

9. Tasman Bay Backpackers

Free hot chocolate pudding and ice cream each night, free bike hire, free all-you-can-eat breakfast (in winter) and a wide selection of rooms… What’s not to love about the Tasman Bay Backpackers? Situated a short walk from the city centre, Tasman Bay Backpackers offers dorm accommodation, as well as private double and twin rooms with or without an ensuite. The hostel has all of the expected communal facilities, such as a kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a cosy lounge and cool garden with lots of garden furniture to lounge in.

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Tasman Bay Backpackers© Tasman Bay Backpackers

10. The Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar

Finally, another fantastic backpacker hostel option in Nelson, The Prince Albert Backpackers is set on the top level of a heritage pub-style bar about a five-minute walk from the city centre. Choose to stay in dorms or private quad, twin and double rooms, sharing bathrooms, kitchen, TV lounge, games room and a sunny beer garden. What’s more, the hostel has a wealth of free inclusions, such as breakfast, transfers between the bus terminal, luggage storage, WiFi and cruiser bike hire.

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The Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar© The Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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