Accommodation with Atmosphere

  • Our Heritage Listed Villa

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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 making music, relaxing, enjoying the amazing gardens and atmosphere or a spot of circus play!

New post – COVID operational structure

Recent changes to tourism in NZ have required us to alter the accommodation on offer to guests here at Jugglers Rest. We currently offer two beautiful garden cabins available for casual, short-term stays. 

In addition to these we currently have three separate double rooms in our beautiful heritage villa which are available for a longer stay boarding situation. There is a minimum of a months stay required here to book the rooms in the house: Please contact us directly to discuss your needs.

 They can be viewed through our accommodation page.

Jugglers Rest…

Jugglers Rest first started operating as a backpackers 25 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.

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.

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But ! For the best prices – call us directly!  (+64) 03 573 5570

Office hours are 8am-7pm – you can leave us a message too 🙂

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.

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 ship, The Edwin Fox which transported them.

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

More about the unique experience we provide

Our lovingly renovated historic villa and garden cabins are an easy 10 minute stroll or 3 minute drive from the centre of town.

Small and cosy with all beds fully made up we provide every comfort for your stay including:

  • Free organic fruit & veggie garden produce.
  • Tea & coffee making facilities & a cool box in your room
  • Breakfast – a yummy selection of home-made treats – book in advance
  • Free unlimited, fast wi-fi – accessible everywhere on site
  • Book exchange and board games
  • Heated rooms & electric blankets
  • Bikes, musical instruments, juggling toys & yoga mats
  • Workshops in basic circus skills – poi, juggling, slackline & hula hoop
  • 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.

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Jugglers Rest – The Movie 🙂

Jugglers Rest Reviews and Awards


The Abroad Guide included Jugglers Rest in their:

 “10 Hostels That Are Cooler Than Hotels”!

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

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

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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)