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Guests of Almond House can train for $8 per session or $70 for 10 sessions

We provide a challenging but enjoyable workout session at different outdoor locations around Nelson. Our Boot Camp sessions are suitable for all levels of fitness, and our instructors are trained to ensure you get the workout that’s right for you. We have daily sessions at 6am, 9am and 6pm.

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Our friends

Cutting Bar

The Cutting Bar caters for the whole family and has a no appointment system, which lets you come in whenever is convenient, making it easy to for people to have regular haircuts while on the go.

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Poppy Macphedran

Poppy MacPhedran is a professional freelance makeup artist and hair stylist based in Nelson, New Zealand. Poppy was professionally trained as a Makeup artist and hair stylist in Melbourne, Australia and has travelled and worked around the globe gaining experience in makeup, hair and styling.

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Hair, Heart & Soul

Hair Heart & Soul is a full-service hair salon, providing the best quality hair experience in the heart of Nelson, New Zealand

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7010 Your Local

Our local, your local café. Only a 5 minute walk from Almond House for a great coffee and a bite to eat.

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Fresh Choice Nelson

Our local supermarket. They support and stock a lot of local produce, have a huge nationwide selection of craft bears, an inhouse barrister and loads of parking. On foot? They’re just a 10 wonder down the road from Almond House.

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Buy Local Products with Us

We highly recommend these great locally made products.

Proper Crisps

At Proper Crisps we know you deserve real food. You shouldn’t have to settle for over-processed, artificially flavoured potato chips, you’re worthy of crisps without compromise! And that’s exactly what we deliver at Proper Crisps.

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Chia and Awaka Drinks

We craft the world's healthiest beverages from nature. Our CHIA range is made from hydrated chia seed in natural juices for brain health, immunity, natural energy, and gut health. Awaka is our most recent creation. Sparkling coconut water infused with roots and fruits.

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Pics Peanut Butter

Pic's: Peanut Butter you will probably enjoy enormously #picspeanutbutter

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Ruck Biscuits

While at sea, voyaging across the Pacific, Chocolate Biscuits like his Nana used to make is what Ringo missed most when thinking of food. It was only natural then, that when he got back, he'd set about baking the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie using premium ingredients.

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About The Bug

About the Owners

Your hosts at The Bug are Laura and Nige.

“G’day! Nige and Laura would like to offer you a warm welcome to The Bug – our small and friendly backpackers located close to the centre of Nelson.

Nige is a Kiwi, born in Gisborne and brought up in Nelson. Nige is an avid outdoorsman and endurance sport athlete and spent a majority of his 20's training and competing in a variety of sports including, running, cycling, triathlon, multi-sport and generally anything longer than a few minutes. During this time it led him to travel to a few world events and begin to explore many countries during this time training, racing and traveling as a backpacker. He takes a more conservative approach now and trains more for recreation with the occasional event thrown in to satisfy that competitive gene, while spending more time simply enjoying the outdoors with family and friends, both in Nelson and exploring his home New Zealand more.

Niges main daytime role is training and coaching people to get fit for events, or to keep fit for life. You'll often find one of us rising early to take daily 6am outdoor group boot camp sessions around our region. Staying guests are welcome to attend any boot camp session for a special guest rate. For more details checkout our boot camp website, or come along.

Laura is an Italian, born in Tuscany where she lived until 2002, then moved to Cambridge (UK) to work and study and finally to New Zealand in 2007. She has always been a keen traveller with a backpack on her shoulders and just recently slowed down when kids came along in her life. Laura has always been involved in the tourism industry while in Italy and then moved to the Fitness Industry since in New Zealand. Laura likes the outdoors to enjoy as a family and with friends doing recreational and professional fitness(???).

Being Italian, Laura likes cooking and talking a lot! So when the opportunity of buying The Bug in 2016 came along, she didn't think twice seeing the change of meeting really fantastic travellers and sharing travelling stories and experiences. Nige is more than happy to offer any advice and local information he has gathered through many years adventuring in this fabulous region. After a busy summer season, there is the confirmation of having made the right choice for both of us.

We have the chance to meet and greet people, and to gather the best of what everyone has to pass on. Now our commitment is to enjoy this new career and make the best choices and changes to ensure you will not forget your stay at The Bug and hopefully you will keep coming back.

Lonely Planet describes Nelson as “one of NZ’s most liveable cities” – We couldn’t agree more. The climate is great, the town centre is vibrant and there’s just so much to do here – whether you feel like chilling out, shopping, being adventurous, getting creative or exploring the beautiful National Parks – there’s something for everyone in Nelson!

Laura and Nige hope you enjoy your time in Nelson