Upcoming Events  

 Just to let you know of anything special that might be occurring at Jugglers Rest and the local areas 🙂
You may notice that food, music and fire feature heavily in our celebrations!
We like to keep you informed of both our local events and highly recommended festivals.


Kaikoura Seafest: Kaikoura – 7th October 2017

Celebrating all things fishy this fun event is a sell out and not to be missed. However, because of this accommodation in Kaikoura can be rather tricky to find! No worries – come and stay with us this weekend and commute via the bus or car to experience a fun day out in Kaikoura!

Nelson Arts Festival & Masked Parade: Nelson – 27th October, 2017

This is a beautiful festival celebrating the start of spring in Nelson. Street performances,  markets, and of course the wonderful huge parade from community members featuring masks made on a theme. Accommodation can get quite full in Nelson as the masked parade heralds the opening of the arts festival, so rest up here and make the hour and a half drive for a day/night out in Nelson

Christmas: 24th & 25th December 

Come and celebrate Christmas with us!

At Jugglers Rest we’ll be having a barbecue and salads with yummy desserts! There will be a small charge for this to cover costs and guests should bring their own choice of drinks. Don’t forget we have a blender and smoothie maker – perfect for Christmas cocktails!

NB: There will be no check in or out on Christmas Day (25th December) ….so if you want to join in and celebrate with us then please book in advance and arrive on or before 24th December and leave on or after 26th December.

New Years Eve: 31st December/1st January
Picton will be celebrating in style again, as it did last year, with a fantastic firework display down at the waterfront – THE place to be! (Pictured left)

The year will definitely finish with a bang!

NB: There will be no check in or out on New Years Day (1st January)… so if you want to join in and celebrate with us then please book in advance and arrive on or before 31st December and leave on or after 2nd January.

The World Buskers Festival: Christchurch: 18th – 28th January 2018

Jugglers Rest is the perfect place to relax and get into the right mood before or after you head down to or return from, the world renowned Busker’s Festival in Christchurch. It’s well worth a visit and sometimes we’re lucky enough to have some of the performers resting up with us!

Picton’s Maritime Festival: Picton Foreshore: January 20th 2018

Our vibrant seaside town celebrates its maritime history by holding a festival annually on its Foreshore. Stay at Jugglers Rest, mix with the locals and enjoy this FREE festival.

There’s a raft race, a market, food stalls, and a beer tent where you can enjoy some of New Zealand’s best brews while taking in Picton’s stunning scenery. Sit back and be entertained by local musicians and a fantastic fireworks display during the evening.

Fire performance in the evening is proudly provided by the Jugglers Rest Crew

Kiwi burn:  Hunterville (North Island) 24th January  – 29th January 2018

This is an awesome festival which celebrates the beauty of fire and self sufficiency and is derived from the world famous Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert. All participants contribute in some way to the festival, many build theme camps and there is simply HEAPS of fire spinning and burning. The main principle is that the burning of a man (or woman) allows us to let go of all that we no longer wish to hold onto and during the festival participants have the opportunity to let go in many ways! This years theme is The Grand Bizarre.
















Luminate Festival: 28th January – 4th February 2015 – NOW BIANNUAL!

Luminate is Jugglers Rest ‘home’ festival and we actively participate organizing & running workshops and performing at Circus Space.

Located on the stunning Takaka Hill (a quartz mountain) in the beautiful Golden Bay region it celebrates the ancient summer harvest festival of Lughnasadgh, midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Workshops, fire performances, live music, healing and sustainability are the themes; set in the conservation reserve of Canaan Downs. A true New Zealand festival experience.

(Pictured left: Sugra teaches early morning childrens’ juggling in the Juggle Poi Toy Zone)




Marlborough Food and Wine Festival: 8th February 2014


Billed as New Zealand’s premier food and wine experience and just down the road in Blenheim. There’s transport laid on specially from Picton and internationally famous performers. Last year Bic Runga played here.

The festival showcases the very best of New Zealand’s music, food and wine.

Stay at Jugglers Rest, catch the bus there and back, and eat and drink your new purchases in comfort whilst you watch our evenings entertainment.





NZ Hoopfest: dates TBC February 2014

NZ’s first and only festival devoted to the art of hoops, Held 30 minutes outside of Wellington. It is three days of workshops, performances and general good cheer.


Hoopfest website


Wellington Fringe Festival: 15th February – 9th March

Once again Jugglers Rest offers the perfect place to wind up or down from the capital’s vibrant fringe festival. First held in 1994, the Fringe NZ Festival presents more than 100 product

ions at venues throughout Wellington. Shows, cabaret, drama, street theatre, gigs, live music and madcap stunts all celebrate the art of performance.

Stay with us before you head off into the madness of the fringe’s performances in the North Island or tell us all about it when you arrive.
(Pictured right Alice & the Queen of Hearts from 2010’s Fringe Festival)


Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day): March 4th, 2014

The traditional day for pancakes. There’ll be plenty of lemons from our garden so eat them in the traditional way with lemons and sugar – the frying pan will be hot for breakfast !



Hokitika Wild Food Festival: 8th March 2014


Yes – It’s all about food!

And we are talking unusual food – ever fancied trying possum, snail, wild boar, west coast whitebait or huhu grubs?

Also the very best in West Coast craft beers, home brewed wines  and hospitality, plus great entertainment!

(Pictured left: Festival goer eats huhu grubs!)





Havelock Mussel Festival:16th March, 2014

This small festival just a 40 minute drive from Picton celebrates the fact that it’s the world’s biggest producer of green lipped mussels.

Live music from local bands, mussel opening, eating, cooking and tasting are all on offer and it offers the visitor an interesting diversion for the day.



WOMAD: 14th – 16th March, 2014
WOMAD stands for World of Music and Dance and it’s a fantastic three day festival!  More than 200 performers from all over the world come together to entertain and amaze, workshops, world food smiles and usually sunshine!  Now an annual event and held in the shadow of the awesome Mount Taranaki in the North Island. Bring it on!  



The Forrest Graperide: Sat 5th April, 2014

The Grape Ride is a bike race which traverses a 101km circuit through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer. Starting in heart of the wine growing district, Renwick, it continues through Blenheim and Picton, finishing on the Queen Charlotte Drive.

Jugglers Rest offers free and secure bike storage and is used to hosting riders.

If taking part is too energetic you could always watch this exciting race!


Omaka Classic Fighters AirshowEaster Weekend – 2015 – BIANNUAL

Held at Omaka Airfield, Blenheim (a 20 minute drive away) this wonderful bi-annual flying spectacular will be popular, so pre-book your accommodation at Jugglers Rest now to avoid disappointment. Classic Fighters is more than just an airshow; flying is combined with ground theatre, vehicles, pyrotechnics and set pieces to create a spectacle that all will enjoy.


ANZAC Day: 25th April
More food! This time delicious ANZAC biscuits. Baked to remember the armed forces of the Australian and New Zealand Army Core. The oven will be hot and the kitchen will smell great. We just need you to help us eat them.



Under the Spinfluence: 6th-8th September, 2013


New Zealand’s premier community circus gathering…

Come one, come all! To a weekend of Workshops, Play, Practice and Performance!

This years event is set to be bigger and better than before with even more workshops, more exciting elements, more performances, more geeking out, more action and of course MORE DANGER!

Aerials, Hoop, Juggling, Poi, Staff, Adagio, Fire and Circus Arts and MUCH MORE!!!

Held in the beautiful Moores Valley in Wanuiomata (30 minutes from Wellington in Lower Hutt). Tickets ($110)  include residency for the weekend, all workshops and entertainment, workshop equipment to use, the arts and flea market, a Saturday night dance party and quality fuel for fire spinning.


New Zealand Circus & Juggling FestivalFriday 4th – Sunday 6th October 2013 

Parakai Thermal Springs Resort, West of Auckland. Naturally close to our hearts, but this year a long way from home (near Auckland) the New Zealand Juggling Association hosts this great value festival.

Circus Workshops for all levels (juggling, acrobatics, unicycle, aerials, yoga, and more) Live Shows suitable for the whole family, (including a Poolside Renegade!), Fantastic Fire Jam, Circolympics, Unicycle Trail Rides, Waterslides, Hot Pools and much much more.

Jugglers Rest is THE place to meet up with like minded people, blag a lift and of course practise your skills before you go and when you return!


Seafest: Kaikoura: 5th October, 2013

This festival is a taste, sight & sound extravaganza for those who enjoy good food, good company and a good time. An impressive variety of products offered, presented in many weird and wonderfully creative ways –  enjoyed with continuous live entertainment on the Pirate stage throughout the day.

Just over a 2 hour drive from Picton and with visitors coming from all over NZ to attend, book your accommodation here, take the stunning drive and feast for a day!



Marina 2 Marina: 13th October, 2013

Picton’s inaugural event encourages all to participate in a run or walk in the pituresque surroundings of our beatuiful town. There’s a market and festival atmosphere down on the foreshore with family fun – and possibly even a stiltwalker or juggler in attendance!





Want more events and festivals in this area?  Love Marlborough 


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