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The Fat Cod Backpackers

9 Auckland St, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nelson, New Zealand
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best backpackers I have ever been for my 2 months in NZ. Charming and warming cottage with very friendly staff, good playlist, woodfire, free WiFi, delicious soup et best ever bred. Go there et enjoy Picton !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I stayed one night at Fat Cod, I enjoyed! The staff was really cool and full of attention. The bed was comfortable so I had a great night. All the languages on the wall and the map with the pins on the countries is really cool. The only thing is that the hostel is a bit outdated and taking a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

This hostel was the perfect place to stay at. It has nice and clean showers, a good kitchen and a lot of stuff to do around it. When we arrived it was not sure if they would have enough space to fit us in but the owner ( Rachelle) tried everything to give us a place to sleep and so... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The hostel is conveniently located near the Interislander, railway and coach stops. I had a warm welcome at reception and allocated my room. The bed was warm and comfy. Although a friendly atmosphere during the day, the hostel was quiet for sleeping. Bathrooms were clean and showers were hot. Kitchen facilities were good and there was plenty of common space... More 

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Rachelle M, Owner at The Fat Cod Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks you so much for your review. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand and take advantage of everything our wonderful country has to offer. We would love to see you back here at the Fat Cod Backpackers in the future Happy travel Rachelle More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We started in this hostel for one night, as we were getting the ferry in the morning. The positives is certainly the location, as it's a short walk from town, lots of available parking and the Interislander terminal. Plus they give a 100mb free WiFi access, which won't last long. But is a nice gesture. My issues with the hostel... More 

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Rachelle M, Owner at The Fat Cod Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for your review. I would like to touch on a couple of the points you have mentioned. Yes our showers do only give you 8 minutes of hot water! In the 2 and a half years we have been here we have had only 4 complaints about this, we have also had many positives comments, most of these... More 

Greater Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I really enjoyed my stay at the Fat Cod in the beautiful harbour town of Picton. It is a small but very cosy and the 'open plan' layout adds to the friendly atmosphere. It was a really nice bonus to find the hostel has freebies like bikes, fishing rods and other sport equipment for guests to borrow when the sun... More 

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Rachelle M, Owner at The Fat Cod Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks so much for your positive honest review. We love having our guest leave happy and will continue keep this happening. We wish you all the best with your travel and hope to see you again soon at the Fat Cod Backpackers. Rachelle More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Positive aspects, short walk from the ferry terminal, town is around the corner, train station is meters away and there is free coffee but no scones as advertised on the web site. The atmosphere is friendly, young interesting travelers from around the world. Negative aspects, the train is meters away, pool table that is played at all hours as well... More 

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Rachelle M, Owner at The Fat Cod Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Delilah, Thanks for your review. Considering you did not pay for your stay and were woofing I am a little surprised at your review however I am happy to reply. My staff are very good at making sure when 10.30pm comes around they go up stairs and put the pool que and guitar away so these are not played... More 

Port Dover, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Although they're really close to the ferry and iSite and my bed was clean and comfy, I can't rate it very high. The place is cute but very old, worn and sad. The kitchen gear was about as old as I've seen and I think I counted 6 coffee mugs. There were no power points in the bedrooms, they have... More 

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Rachelle M, Owner at The Fat Cod Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I am surprised to hear you comments as you stayed one night and then you booked another. The kitchen pots maybe a little old but they still heat things as good as new,I counted and found over 20 coffee cups, there are plugs in all our rooms, some are behind beds and had you asked we... More 

London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Well located, nice and helpful staff, and clean as you would expect. Beds were comfortable and there are enough toilets and showers so they were always available. Great location to start the Queen Charlotte Trail and they have lockers for you to keep your belongings in so you don't have to trek with them. The dormitory I stayed in the... More 

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Rachelle M, Owner at The Fat Cod Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for your review. Yes we do have VHS videos but the are there for a bit of fun, you may have noticed we do have a DVD player also. Our TV is a very large flat screen that is only a couple of years old so I am puzzled to know why you think it needs updating, however... More 

Westport, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Awesome place to stay! Clean, tidy, pretty reasonable price and staff went above and beyond to help in any way they could. Thanks to Chris especially for all he did to make our stay as good as it was. Highly recommended!

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Rachelle M, Owner at The Fat Cod Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for your review we hope to see you again in the future. Happy travels Rachelle More 

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