• About Us

  • Your hosts at Fat Cod Backpackers are Peter and Rachelle along with our 4 children Scott, Georgia, Devon and Mitchell.

    We are often asked about the name of the hostel "The Fat Cod". It was a name that our then 12 year old come up with.

    He is a keen diver/fisherman and thought the name suited Picton given that blue cod is the fish most people are after in the Marlborough Sounds plus the fact that it is a bit quirky and different.

    We have, as a family, lived a lot of places in New Zealand, from the far north to fiordland and everywhere in between, but decided a few years back that there is no place like home.

    So we came back to Marlborough and settled in Picton ...because why wouldn't you, it is stunning!

  • When the opportunity came up to buy a backpackers, we decided to take a leap and do it as tourism has always interested Rachelle, and we are so glad we did.

    We have experienced so much and met so many amazing people since being here. Some have provided us with great stories and amusement, others have become lifelong friends, and some we have wondered how they even got here, but every day is fun and we look forward to every moment.

    Our hostel is not the newest or the most modern, but you will find that we put a lot of pride into making it feel comfortable, homely and clean.

    We want you to feel like you are at home, especially if you are a long way from it. We treat everyone like family and are really looking forward to meeting you.

  • Street View
  • Google Street View of Fat Cod Backpackers

  • One of the highlights of Fat Cod Backpackers is our awesome location! Check out the Google street view below and have a look around.

  • Contact
  • Ways to Get in Touch

  • To send us an enquiry, please fill in the contact form, and we will do our best to reply within 24 hours.

    You can also send us an email if you prefer.

    📧 fatcod@xtra.co.nz


    For faster response, you can call us or walk in.

    📞 +64 3 573 77 88

    📌 9 Auckland Street, Picton 7220

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