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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

If cancelled within 48 hours of booked date, there will be no refund unless we can resell the beds.

Additional Terms and Conditions

50% Deposit on Confirmation

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:

Group bookings depend on availability.
7 day cancellation period is required

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Fat Cod Backpackers

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Fat Cod Backpackers offer a clean, warm, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. We are making changes to a wonderfully located backpackers. We have painted and modernised a purpose built backpackers in the heart of Picton. Our work is on going so we can always provide a high standard of accommodation for our guests. Our office hours are 8.30am until 9.30pm check ins from 11 am. For checkins after 9.30pm you must ring our office and make arrangements before you book.
WE HAVE affordable, double and twin rooms as well as small and medium dorms.
OUR Facilities include -- shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge, a laundry with a washing machine and a dryer.
All rooms have linen, blankets and hot water bottles are also available free of charge.
FREE Soup (MAY - end of August)
FREE Breakfast (MAY - end of August)
FREE Movies to watch
FREE WiFi (Conditions apply)
FREE Bike Rental
FREE Pool table
FREE Ride to the local swimming pool in the summer
FREE Veggies from our garden when available
FREE Tea, coffee, herbs, spices.
FREE Book swap library
FREE Clothing swap box
FREE Off street parking
FREE Bike storage
FREE Parking for your car while you walk the Queen Charlotte track (conditions apply)
Booking agent for all your trips
Cosy log fire

This hostel caters for all Nationalities and has a nice friendly welcoming feel to it. Our staff are here to help and advise on activities around the Picton area.
Fat Cod Backpackers is the perfect base from which you can explore Picton and the Queen Charlotte Track. With our local knowledge we can make things easier for you.

This hostel has a nice spacious, homely feel. Come to relax, unwind and re-energise. We are closest to the ferry, buses(150m) and the information centre and Railway Station (20m). The town centre (80m), foreshore (across the road), mini golf and other attractions are nearby.

On rainy days we can crank up the fire while you sit in our spacious lounge and watch a wide selection of movies or get to know your fellow guests. Or relax on our balcony overlooking the Marlborough Sounds while you cook a BBQ in the sun .

Office hours 8.30am - 9.30 pm
Please let us know if you would like to check in after 9.30pm. If you do not show up for your booking you will be charged the full amount. We require 24 hours notice of a cancellation.
Please ring our office for afterhours check-ins. If you do not do this you will be locked out. We are a completely drug free hostel if you do not adhere to our strict policy on drugs you will be asked to leave with NO refund given. Any intoxicated people who are causing problems for other guest will also be asked to leave with NO refund given. These conditions are for the safety and comfort of all our guests.
WE have a strict 10am check out policy. This means you must have used the shower, kitchen, and vacated the Hostel by 10am. We are happy to store bags and advise on things to do before your bus or ferry however you will be required to vacate the hostel by 10am. A fee of $10 per person applies to all those who keep using the facilities after 10am.
2.5% credit card fee applies to all credit cards
used for payment

We look forward to hosting you. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.1

  • Security 8.7

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 7.7

  • Cleanliness 8.0

  • Facilities 7.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    05 Jan 2020
    Great :-) just liked it.
    Czech Republic, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    26 Sep 2019
    Such a great, friendly hostel in an ideal location for the ferry. Would definitely come back!
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    14 Jan 2020
    Nice cosy hostel and good location. Nice staff.
    Finland, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    28 Sep 2019
    Some toilets were out of order.
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    23 Jun 2019
    We had a nice stay in Fat Cod. We only stayed one night, as we were merely coming through Picton to take the ferry to Wellington, but the rooms was clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly and the facilities were in good shape. It's a huge plus that the hostel is located so close to the town centre, docks, car rental places and some other food options. We would definitely stay here again if we are back in Picton.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    20 Dec 2019
    Super convenient location and very friendly and helpful staff.
    USA, Couple, 41+
  • 8.3


    15 Dec 2019
    Chill spot very close to the ferry terminal. Good locations.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    04 Feb 2020
    Lovely homely hostel, perfect for a one night stop after the ferry
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    20 Jul 2019
    Stayed here as we were passing through from Wellington to Christchurch. We got a private room as it was very affordable but the hostel seems a little dingy. Washrooms, showers, and laundry room were all in the same space and smelled like it was eternally damp. It does get chilly @ night, but they offer extra blankets and heating packs. Location was great to catch the early bus as it was right outside. Staff seemed very nice, but this wouldn't be my first choice.
    Canada, Couple, 25-30
  • 5.7


    22 Oct 2019
    Many messages are posted on the walls concerning the know-how, these messages are not very courteous and unprofessional. The prevailing atmosphere does not make you want to stay longer.
    France, Male, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi