The Palace Backpackers
This unassuming hostel, in a 1900s building with annexes, is a 4-minute walk from both the Nelson Provincial Museum and the Christ Church Cathedral.
The cosy 4- to 5-bed dorms feature free Wi-Fi, heating and shared bathrooms. Private rooms add en suite bathrooms, and there's also an apartment. There’s no air-conditioning.
Freebies include breakfast, served in the kitchen/dining room, and parking. There's a lounge with a fireplace, a piano and guitars, as well as a TV room, verandahs, and sunrooms with reading areas. Other amenities include a coin-operated laundry, a hot tub and a BBQ area.