Accommodation with Atmosphere

  • Our Heritage Listed Villa

To enquire about staying at The Jugglers Rest click here

Relax or Play – Shows and Workshops from Resident Artistes

Jugglers Rest has been blessed to share space with many talented people, some of whom choose to stay on and practice their art here! We offer you  a space to explore your creativity – be it cooking, making music, relaxing, enjoying the amazing gardens and atmosphere or a spot of circus play!

Jugglers Rest…

Jugglers Rest first started operating as a backpackers 24 years ago in the then kiwi style of backpackers – bunk accommodation with a base sheet and a pillow!

Over the years Jugglers Rest has maintained its friendly, creative atmosphere and added oodles of comfort and ambience into the mix!

We are sometimes described as a homestay – rather than a hostel – but you decide! We tend not to fit into any category!

Fitting with the changing face of travelling and backpacking we have gently moved into the boutique accommodation sector and in line with modern trends we now sell our rooms not just through our own website platform but those of other global companies.

You can easily book any of our rooms through Air BnB and BBH.

For instant confirmation you can book with

But !! For the best prices  – call us directly!

(+64) 03 573 5570

Office hours are 9am-6pm.

However: We believe that the best things are worth waiting for!

SO,  if you’d like the best prices we invite you to spend a maximum of 18 hours being relaxed, breathing and planning other aspects of your trip so that we can repond to your accommodation request directly by email.

You may even get instant confirmation if you phone within office hours (9am-6pm)

Jugglers Rest has become famous for its great staff, relaxed atmosphere and fun, creative vibe.

Help us maintain this and keep the prices low for both of us by booking direct.

Hosting  retreats/ Group bookings/Company training getaways

 Juggler Rest is perfectly placed and sized for intimate retreats.

We have 12 separate beds in 6 rooms available and a beautiful open plan dining/lounge area. We can accommodate a total of 16 people in double, twin and shared accommodation options.

Our well equipped kitchen can be used used to create meals on site to feed your group.

We are perfectly located to take advantage of the stunning Marlborough Sounds: Kayaking,  Nature tours,  Dolphin viewing and swimming,  world renowned vineyards,  mountain biking & walking, The 70km Queen Charlotte Track and a rich history of Maori and pioneer settlement including the historical Edwin Fox which transported them.

Check out our Things to do page for links to all of these activities and more.

If you are a workshop facilitator and would like to run a retreat here in our gorgeous setting please get in touch.

Picton has several spaces where groups can host presentations/space for activities/receptions etc including Port Marlborough Pavilion & Picton Little Theatre.

More about the unique experience we provide

Our lovingly renovated historic villa is an easy 10 minute stroll or 3 minute drive from the centre of town.

Small and cosy with all beds fully made up (no bunks), we provide every comfort for your stay including:

  • Free organic fruit & veggie garden produce, herbs, tea, coffee & spices
  • Breakfast – a yummy selection of home-made treats
  • Free unlimited super-fast internet & wi-fi
  • Real log fire, heated rooms & electric blankets
  • Quality book exchange & games
  • Bikes, musical instruments, juggling toys & yoga mats
  • Workshops in basic circus skills – poi, juggling, slackline & hula hoop
  • LED glow juggle toys, unicycle, spinning staff & hoop available to use
  • Gas barbeque & alfresco dining in peaceful gardens
  • Information/advice/bookings on local activities – Knowledgable staff!
  • Beautiful native bush walking tracks just 5 minutes walk away
  • An atmosphere that can’t be beaten!

Situated in a quiet residential area, far enough to avoid the noise of the port and trains, but close enough to easily access all pretty little Picton has to offer by foot, our location gives you the best of both worlds.

With shady decks, comfy chairs, bean bags, hammocks and sunny chill-out areas in lush gardens, either relax, play, learn, or simply sit back & absorb the amazing ambience and peaceful tranquility here!

There are walking tracks right outside the door in the beautiful Esson Valley  where glowworms can be seen at night, and we can help arrange trips out into the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough’s famous award winning vineyards.

 Watch the Jugglers Rest Film – Click Here

Jugglers Rest – The Movie 🙂

Jugglers Rest Reviews and Awards


The Abroad Guide included Jugglers Rest in their:

 “10 Hostels That Are Cooler Than Hotels”!

Read the review!

huffington-post-logo-1-jpgHuffington Post listed us as one of:

“1 of the 12 Most Awesome Hostels in the World”

Read the review!


Jugglers Rest Trip Advisor Rating:

Number 1 out of 25 in Picton!

Number 1 out of 78 in Marlborough!

Read all the latest reviews on Trip Advisor.


Awarded in 2016 by Hostelgeeks.
Jugglers Rest is the 1st in New Zealand to receive this award for “Sustainability, Design, Uniqueness, Social Character and Top Rated Staff”.

Read all about this award – Click here 🙂




93% rating and number 1 for Picton on the BBH!

Read all the latest reviews on the BBH website.

“This gem of a hostel has the best atmosphere of Picton’s hostels”( 2008)