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  • Accommodations | New Zealand > Christchurch
    Updated at May 22,2013

    Foley Towers hostel is probably one of the best places in Christchurch for indepenedent backpackers that wish to avoid the big noisy groups that are more common to the bigger hostels around the city center. Although quiet and small, it is pretty much centrally located and is a good place to start your trip in NZ's southern island or to 'recharge your batteries' before moving on. Owners are extremely nice and helpful. Caters mostly to young backpackers, but in my opinion should also be considered as a solid option for mid-range budget travellers that are looking for somewhat friendlier / less detached experience ( in comparison to those that the bigger motels / hotels usually offer) . Discounts are available if you have your BBH club card with you!

  • Accommodations | New Zealand > Nelson
    Updated at May 22,2013

    Tasman Bay Backpackers is a a really nice hostel found not to far from the city center on Weka st, and we stayed there for 1 night so we can get a nice shower and a more comfy bed before we continue trekking in Nelson Lakes National Park. Personally, this place is memorable because of two reasons:

    1. Probably one of the top 3 good-looking women I have ever seen in my life was there. Unfortunately for you, she was a backpacker (like me) and not part of the staff so that doesn't really count as a reason to stay there
    2. The fudge! Every evening, the hostel serves some great fudge wth ice cream to its guests. The backpackers simply stand in line everyday at 8pm, drooling while they wait to get their hands on some delicious chocolate piece of heaven. While I can't say for sure if this fudge is actually a prime exemplar of Nelson culinary art (at this point, anything that wasn't canned tuna - tasted like caviar to me) - it definitely counts as a reason why you should stay there.