• Our Rooms

  • The Fat Cod Backpackers hostel and lodge in beautiful Picton, heart of the Marlborough Sounds, is located 150 metres from the Picton ferry and bus terminals.

    It is across the road from the beach and 5 minutes from the start of Picton's local walking tracks, where the Marlborough Sounds are right at your fingertips.

    Take a 2-minute walk to the restaurants, cafes and shops or, stroll down to catch a boat and cruise the Marlborough Sounds. Fat Cod Backpackers hostel and lodge is in the best location to explore Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.

    We provide clean and comfortable hostel accommodation for a wide variety of travellers!

    Group rates available for School / Sports Groups. Please ring us direct on +64 3 573 77 88.

  • Our Guests include

    • Backpackers / Adventurers
    • Couples / Families
    • Sports Clubs
    • School Groups
    • Tournament Groups
    • Outward Bound Attendees

    Discounted rates for Outward Bound attendees when booked direct. Call for more details.

  • We have a mix of rooms to suit a wide range of visitors. All rooms come with linen, and towels are available for free.

    We have full laundry facilities, a fully equipped kitchen and a BBQ to use on the deck free of charge. Coffee, tea, and herbs & spices are supplied free, along with our friendly staff and their great smiles and can-do attitude.

  • Large Dorms
  • LARGE Mixed Dorms

  • 7-10 bed dorms which are great for meeting new people and perfect for the budget conscious.

    All rooms come with linen, and towels are available for FREE.

    • Capacity: up to 10 persons
    • PRICE: $24 - $28

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  • Small Dorms
  • SMALL Mixed Dorms

  • We have smaller 4-bed shares perfect for those who want a little less hustle and bustle.

    All rooms come with linen, and towels are available for FREE.

    • Capacity: up to 4 persons
    • PRICE: $28 - $31

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  • Female Only
  • Female Only Dorm

  • We also have a 4-bed female-only room.

    Room comes with linen, and towels are available for FREE.

    • Capacity: up to 4 persons
    • PRICE: $28 - $31

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  • Double Rooms
  • Private DOUBLE or TWIN Rooms

  • We have private doubles and twins available for up to 2 people.

    All rooms come with linen, and towels are available for FREE.

    • Capacity: up to 2 persons
    • PRICE: $65 - $75

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  • Family Rooms
  • Private FAMILY Rooms

  • Family rooms that are great for families or friends wanting to all be in the same room. Sleeping 4 people.

    All rooms come with linen, and towels are available for FREE.

    • Capacity: up to 4 persons
    • PRICE: $100 - $120

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  • Amenities
  • Amenities at Fat Cod Backpackers

  • To ensure your stay at Fat Cod Backpackers is comfortable and enjoyable, we have a variety of amenities including a shared kitchen, a lounge with lots of seating, a TV room, books to read, games to play, pool table, covered patio with great views, outdoor seating, and a bike share program.

  • Hostel Policy
  • Hostel Policy at Fat Cod Backpackers

  • Valid from the 1st of October 2016 (subject to change)

    Reception Hours:

    • Our office is open in Winter at 8.30am until between 9.30 and 10.30pm. From December, our office is open from 8.30am until 11.30pm. These hours may change as required. Anyone checking in may do so after 11am.


    • Bookings may be charged during busy times via the credit card given when booking.
    • All bookings that are checking in after 5pm WILL be charged - If the card declines we will let you know via phone, if we cannot call you, your booking will be cancelled and the beds reallocated.
    • All no shows will be charged for the full booking with NO refunds.

    Credit Card Fees

    • A credit card fee of 2.9% will be charged on all credit card transactions.

    Cancellations & Refunds

    • We require 48 hours notice of a cancellation. If you do not cancel outside the 48-hour period, you will be charged for the full booking.
    • All bookings will be refunded if made outside of the 48-hour cancellation period. An administration fee of $2 will be deducted for every booking refunded.

    Checking In / Out:

    • For check in's after hours please contact of office for instructions. CREDIT CARD INFORMATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL AFTER HOURS CHECK INS.
    • Check out is strictly 10am. Anyone still using the facilities after 10am WILL be charged $10.....yes even if you sleep in!
    • Key Deposits are $20 per set of keys, or a credit card number. No deposit, NO KEY. No keys returned, NO key deposit back or a $20 charge on your credit card.

    Conduct & Behaviour:

    • Alcohol is not to be consumed on the premises between closing (10.30pm Summer and 9.30pm winter)) and 12pm the following day.  All intoxicated guests will be removed from the hostel with NO refund.
    • Drugs are illegal and are not permitted on our premises. Anyone with drugs will be removed with NO refund and the police WILL be called.
    • Loud noise and behavior is not permitted after close and before 9am. Please respect the rights of other guests to have a good night's sleep.
    • Visitors to the hostel must register at reception and get a pass. They are allowed in the common areas only, NOT in rooms, and are not to use the hostel facilities. All visitors must be gone by 8pm.


    • The kitchen and bathroom are closed each day from 10am until 11am for cleaning. When the closed sign is up please do not enter, this is part of our health and safety policy.
    • We have security cameras operating throughout the hostel 24/7.
    • Smoking is not permitted inside our building, please use the smoking areas only.
    • Damage to our property will be paid for by the person responsible for it. By paying for your booking and checking into our hostel, you agree to pay for damage to linen, furniture, building etc. caused by you or your visitors.