Website Links

Jugglers Rest recommend some useful links to related websites resources.

Weather Forecast
Great site to find out today’s weather, a five day forecast or even weather expected in the ski resorts.

Currency Converter
A useful webpage for converting any currency into another.

World Events Guide
This site has listings of what events and festivals are on across New Zealand. Also see our news and events page for further information and links to our favourite festivals and local events.

Budget Backpacker Hostels New Zealand (BBH)
Lots of useful information including independent hostel reviews for all those hostels included in the BBH scheme.

Picton Visitor Information Site
Informative and up to date information about Picton’s attractions, activities, services and accommodation. Secure online bookings for Interislander ferry tickets, tranzcoastal train tickets and rental cars.

Budget Backpack New Zealand
More information that might be useful including jobs and notice boards.

Stay Marlborough
Useful information about things to see and the latest events scheduled in the Marlborough region.

The Department of Conservation
Information on all the National Parks, Tramping/Walking/Mountain biking, maps etc.

The Crow Tavern
The local pub only a minutes walk down the road they have very reasonably priced meals and beers. 🙂


Interislander Ferry
There is a choice of two companies to choose from to bring you to Picton and the ferry crossing which links New Zealand’s North and South Islands has been described as, “One of the most beautiful in the world”. There’s a shuttle bus operating at the Wellington end of the journey to take foot passengers into the city.

Bluebridge Ferry
The Bluebridge offers free movies on board and a shuttle bus service from the Picton terminus to your chosen accommodation.

Tranzscenic – Rail Travel
New Zealand’s railway travels through truly spectacular scenery. The tranzcoastal traverses the east coast of the South Island between Picton and Christchurch and the tranzalpine route, which runs across the South Island crossing the Southern Alps, has been billed as one of the top train journeys in the world.

Intercity Coach
Operates across New Zealand and can have some amazing deals on prices if tickets are booked far enough in advance.

Air New Zealand
The national carrier of New Zealand. Wellington and Blenheim are the two closest airports to Picton which receives Air New Zealand flights.

Car Hire New Zealand
Gives you a range of providers to choose from. Most of the main car rental agencies are represented at the ferry terminal on Picton. At the major centres (Picton, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland) you can sometimes pick up a cheap relocation deal. Jugglers Rest recommends Omega Car rentals for friendly and efficient service

Beachcomber Fun Cruises
This company operates the famous mailboat run delivering the post to outlying homesteads and cottages in the Marlborough Sounds. It can also drop you off or pick you up at various points on the Queen Charlotte Track.

Cougar Line Water Taxis
Offer transport in around the Marlborough Sounds including day walks to the Queen Charlotte Track and based in Picton.

Sounds Air
This local airline flies in and out of Picton’s Koromiko airport from Wellington over the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, offering an alternative to the ferry crossing.

Marlborough Sounds Shuttle Buses
This company offers tailor-made tours and transport services within the Marlborough Region. Whether it’s a wine tour, a trip to the airport or transport to the start or end of a remote walking track Jon and Lynely can help.

Local Activity Providers

You can find out more about these local activities from our things to do page.

Dolphin Watch Ecotours

Go Dive Marlborough

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

Marlborough Tours

Sounds Connection

Wilderness Guides

Fire Spinning Sites/Festivals and Fun stuff

The following sites are listed as places you might like to visit if you have an interest in
fire/juggle/circus arts be it performing/learning/buying/watching/involvement/meeting others etc.
Also check out our upcoming events page.

Home of Poi
NZ’s first & most extensive online resource for you need to know about poi, including an online shop, video tutorials and more.

We also stock many of the most popular toys for sale on Home of Poi here at Jugglers Rest.
See our shop page. Try before you buy (available free with all booked accommodation!)

Mamaku Juggling balls
Choose your balls from Reg down the road – pick your own weight, colour and design or buy direct from us at Jugglers Rest.

Highly Flammable

Kiwiburn Festival

Circulation Festival

New Zealand Juggling Association


Fling Juggling

Fire Stuff

Jugglers Rest has been recommended by the following publications and Guide books:

Rough Guide 2010 (publication)

Lonely Planet 2010 (publication)

Guide des Frogs Nouvelle-Zélande 2010 (French) (publication & online guide)

Le Petit Fute (French) (publication & online guide)

Backpacker Ultimate Guide(online guide)

Trip Advisor (Online guide)

Places to Stay Where Nice Travellers Gather:

We’ve stayed at some of the places below and like their earth-friendly approach and great atmosphere:

Heading South to ChristChurch

Dorset House Backpackers, 1 Dorset Street,
Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 366 8268, Freephone (NZ only) 0800 367 738

This Victorian guest house was built in 1871 and has stunning gardens and great facilities.

Book Dorset House Backpackers Online –

Heading to Aussie? : Checkout these guys in the Heart of Sydney: