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Fat Cod Backpackers Reviews

9 Auckland Street, Picton, New Zealand

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184 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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Good location Good security Good facilities


The best thing about this hostel is that it is opposite the i-site and bus stop and a very short walking distance from the ferry terminal, so it's great for a one night stop over. It also provides free internet and breakfast (bread and jam). It was also clean. Downsides are.... the kitchen is small and the staff were not very friendly or informative. We had to ask about breakfast and other freebies advertised. The free soup was horrible. We didn't feel welcome there at all.


Very quaint hostel with comfy beds and clean facilities.


Stayed in dorm located under the kitchen and dining area, got pretty noisy in the early mornings and sometimes at night.


It's very close from the ferry terminal and easy to find. They gave us free 100 mb wifi code. If you want hot shower, you should push red button every 8 min.


Was a simple 10 minute walk from ferry terminal and it felt like home. Such a lovely, warm, cosy and friendly hostel I have stayed in so far. Can be very noisy thou after 9pm when I wanted to sleep in early. A lot of people upstairs walking about heavy on their feet. It seems like the guy was doing fire alarm testing in bedroom, when he could see I was trying to sleep :( Loved the 100MB free WiFi thou, was plenty for me for the night :-)


It was a really nice place to stay. So convenient being close to where the Intercity buses were stopping. Really nice town, very relaxing!


Friend staff, well maintained and clean. Ideally situated for the Queen Charlotte trail. Lockers provider if you want to leave your bags.


We booked a 4 b ed-family room since the price was the same at the website as a 4-bed dorm. When we arrived it urned out to cost a lot more in the family room since we were only with 3, not 4. The website of hostelworld is misleading. We couldn't get our deposit back and booked the dorm cause it turned out to be much cheaper.

  • 9th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, I have had a look at the booking system and for the family room it gives the price per person as if there is four in a room. It also does, however, put the full price in ($112) at the bottom for the total cost no matter how many guests you put in. In other words the Family room is charged at a room price NOT a per person price. You could have between 1 and 4 in this room and it would still be the same price, $112.


Chris and Manager are there for the guests. Too many bad experiences with the rest of the staff. Can't fit it all here. You are directed to the I-side for hikes and the memorial on a from the hostel has to be googled. You work in PICTON not PARIS. It ain't that big! Almost all staff work, especially the cleaners, work for acco and only that, no involvement at all. Cleaning is done for accommodation and guests are basically in their way. Could say a lot more, but there is no space.

Owner Comment (Hide)
What a shame you have had a bad experience with us as we pride ourselves on providing as much help to guests as we can. For example we helped you find your toilet bag even though you choose to be abusive and use disgusting language towards my staff. I am happy to discuss the matters you refer to in your comments via email if you like as we do like our guests to have a good experience with us and therefore welcome the chance to talk with you.

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