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Fat Cod Backpackers

Hostel | 9 Auckland Street, Picton, New Zealand 7220

76.5% Overall Rating

68 out of 83 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (06/06/2015)

"Staff were all very friendly. I woke up right after the free morning bread was put away and the cleaning time for the kitchen was about to begin, but the lady asked me if I wanted the bread and brought it out for me.…"

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Bicycle hire
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 11:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Picton?

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New Owners!!! NOW FAT COD BACKPACKERS! We are looking forward to getting the old Picton Lodge up and running again with a new name and new owners. We cant wait to have you stay with us.
Pete Rachelle and the team at Fat Cod Backpackers
Our Rates include
FREE linen
FREE off street parking
FREE Soup (1st May-end of August)
FREE Breakfast (1st May-end of August)
FREE DVDs and Videos
FREE WiFi Conditions apply
FREE Pool table
FREE vegies from our garden when available
FREE tea, coffee, herbs, spices
FREE fishing rods
FREE Sports equipment for use
FREE ride to the local swimming pool in the Summer months Read more

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Shared Rooms Help! A shared room (typically a dorm) is a bedroom which you share with other people from the property. The number of beds in a room is shown in the room name, e.g. ‘5 Bed Dorm’, and you can book as many as you need. Some properties have male only dorms and female only dorms.

8 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

7 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

5 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

4 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

4 Bed Dorm - Male only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

5 Bed Dorm - Male only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

10 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included
Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

Family Room (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Budget Double (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

4 person (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Budget Family Room (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

About Fat Cod Backpackers

Recently refurnished lodge offers a clean warm comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
There is affordable double and twin rooms as well as small and large dorms.

This hostel is the nearest you will find that is just like your home. Come to relax, unwind and re-energize. We are closest to the ferry, buses, Railway Station and the information center. The town center, wharf foreshore, mini golf and other attractions are nearby.

Facilities include full laundry, bathroom and kitchen facilities, free tea and coffee, bicycle hire, video library and more. Enjoy our free soup and free Breakfast over the Winter months

For smokers there is a smoker’s balcony.

Accommodation Information

FAT COD BACKPACKERS offers a range of accommodation options for the budget and backpacker travelers. Children welcome. If you are passing through,Fat Cod Backpackers is a great place to stay and catch your breath while you enjoy the views of the Marlborough sounds from the comfortable seats on our balcony.

Medium Dormitory rooms
Clean and comfortable Mixed and Female Dorms (7-10) bed rooms with ample room for guests and their packs and comfortable beds.
Small Dormitory rooms
Clean warm and Comfortable (4-5) bed rooms.
Double and Twin rooms
All rooms are warm, clean, and fully made up with sheets, Duvets, and Towels. There is plenty of room for packs and luggage.

Children under 12 years old $15 each
Groups welcome.

Location Information

The waters of the Marlborough sounds are perfect for diving, kayaking, fishing, sailing, and boating. Picton is the starting point of a variety of cruises around the magnificent Marlborough sounds. There are a number of excellent walking tracks including the famous queen Charlotte track, the snout track, the Tirohanga track, the Essons valley, and the Nydia track.

How about spending an afternoon on the local mail boat delivering the post to the isolated bays of the queen Charlotte sound and the Tory channel.

Sea fishing
The many sheltered beaches and secluded bays in the sounds provide excellent fishing opportunities. Borrow one of our rods and try your hand.

Fishing trips:-
One of the best ways to see the beauty of the sounds is in a kayak. Day and half day trips are offered. A number of excursions are offered from Picton including three day kayaking, mountain biking and walking tours.

Mountain biking
The queen charlotte track is one of the only tracks that can be mountain biked. Bikes can be hired by the hour or day. Ship cove to Furneaux part of the track is closed to bikers Dec-Feb.

Underwater diving
Situated at the top of the south island the Marlborough sounds are formed by a network of ancient sunken valleys which form a vast waterway consisting of over 3000k of dive-able coastline guaranteeing great diving or snorkeling all year. Dive in the local marine reserve or wreck dive the Mikhail Lermontov

Wine tours
Half day and full day tours right into the heart of New Zealand’s premier vineyard district. Sample the best that the wineries have to offer. Small relaxed groups.

Eco and dolphin swimming tours
Ecotours in search of the most acrobatic of dolphins - the dusky dolphin. Swimming with the dolphins is an experience that you will never forget.

Boating safaris
A unique experience, drive a boat, explore the sounds enjoy the thrill of driving your own boat.

You can swim at many of the beaches and coves surrounding the sounds.

Local museums
While away an hour at the small local museum. The Edwin fox museum is also worth an hour or two. The Edwin fox is NINTH oldest ship in the world and has had a varied career

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