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.

Nelson Arts Festival & Masked Parade: Nelson – 18th- 28th October, 2019

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

Totaranui 250: Picton – 21st- 24th November 2019

Commemorating the landing of Captain Cook in his ship The Endeavour a variety of celebrations are being planned. There’s a free concert by the nationally acclaimed band “Fly my Pretties”  as well as the amazing sight of a replica of the Endeavour and an accompanying flotilla of saling ships coming into Picton harbour! This is one weekend I urge you to book in for!

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!

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: 29th Jan – 16th Feb 2020

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 18th 2020

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.

Kiwi burn:  North Island 22nd January  – 27th January 2020

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!

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. 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.

Wellington Fringe Festival: 28th February – 22nd March 2020

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 productions 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.

Havelock Mussel Festival: 14th March, 2020

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.

 The Forrest Graperide: Sat 28th March, 2020

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 – 2021 – 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.

New Zealand Circus & Juggling FestivalJan 30th – 2nd February 2020

Tauranga. 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!


Want more events and festivals in this area?  Love Marlborough 


Jugglers Rest Testimonials

“Great fire show! Yummy bread! Delicious jam! Such a great place!”
Mayaan – Israel

Jugglers Rest Testimonials

“I really enjoyed the poi (even I can play a little bit now) and the bread was lovely. This hostel feels like being at home!”
Hester, Holland