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Jugglers Rest Backpackers
Ranked #1 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Picton
Certificate of Excellence
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“Simply the best, hard to leave”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We booked for 2 days and ended up there for 3. Would have stayed even longer if we didn't have an itinery to follow. Place seems to run on coffee which means dazed looking staff at the crack of dawn blindly stumbling to the coffee percolator, 20 minutes later, expect great service for the rest of the day!!! If you are having the cheap breakfast, try and book the night before as on the day might be too late. Come 7.30 am expect to drift awake to the smell of fresh bread, hmmmm, better than any incense sticks. We want to clone this place and put them all over the world so we always have somewhere fantastic to stay.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Most people stop in Picton simply to get on or off the ferry. However, you need to rearrange your plans to stay here at LEAST one night. I stayed here for two nights and walked "The Snout" down to the sounds during the day. Now as for the hostel, it has a chill vibe and is a great place to just relax. First, and most importantly in my opinion, the hostel is incredibly clean. The showers actually have pressure and are not that weak trickle found in many hostels. The staff are especially friendly and informative. The beds are very comfy (no bunks!) and the rooms are spacious. They have bikes you can take out for FREE (a word one does not use often in New Zealand). And last, but not least, they have tons of juggling toys for you to play with, or watch others play with!!! Just make sure to book ahead because the hostel does not have too many beds. After you leave, I'm pretty certain that you will be glad you decided to stop in Picton for a few days. Juggler's Rest is without a doubt one of the best!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Reporoa, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

AWESOME PLACE, will defiantly have to make a trip back down south just to go back and see the crew and stay another week, everyone was really friendly and helpful, from the freshly baked bread and homemade jams all the way to the loan of couple fishing rods (thanks Gregory) and the fire show each night was awesome.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Stayed here with my wife & 2 friends who'd been here 16 years before. Great welcome & a neat little cabin room outside the main house with full access to the house showers & kitchen etc. Lovely home baked bread & ground coffee etc available in the morning for a few dollars extra & a pleasant garden to lie around in in season! Easy walk to the harbour (12 mins or so) and shops. Juggling is still a focus & don't be surprised to see residents experimenting with all sorts of toys!

Room Tip: The outside cabins are simple but pleasant.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I found the Jugglers rest to be a beautiful Back packers. Warm generous people and a calm friendly vibe. I wish I could have stayed longer. A good space out the front for juggling and awesome food in the garden. Close to nice walks and easy to get to the ferry to the north island.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I spend a couple nights staying at the Juggler's Rest in Picton and even from those few nights, I know I'll always have somewhere to go back to in NZ. It is clear that Nikki (owner) puts her heart and soul into this place and it was awesome to see the fruits of her labor. There is also a super unique community built around this hostel because of the jugglers, firespinners, dancers, artists and genuinely interesting travelers and kiki's alike who pass through. This small hostel has a certainly found its place within the community of Picton and is known by the circus community throughout the country as the place to visit and contribute to. In this sense, the Juggler's Rest is more than just a hostel, but a home for many.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Just stayed for 2 nights and it is the best hostel I have stayed in. The people there were really friendly. It was clean and the breakfast is amazing. Great place to chill out. Has a real homely feel. Will be going back after seeing the rest of the South Island. Anyone going to picton should spend at least one night there, but you probably won't want to leave.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Jugglers Rest Backpackers

Property: Jugglers Rest Backpackers
Address: 8 Canterbury Street, Picton, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Picton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Picton's smallest hostel (with beds for just 16 people) is BIG on comfort. 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 unlimited wi-fi, organic fruit & veggie garden, breakfast - homemade bread & jam available, real log fire, heaters & electric blankets, quality book exchange & games, bikes, musical instruments & juggling toys, workshops in poi, juggling & hula hoop spinning, slackline, unicycle & spinning staffs to use, gas barbeque & picnic table, Information/advice/bookings on local activities, free tea, coffee, herbs & spices AND 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 & watch the amazing fire and glow shows at night. There are walking tracks right outside the door in the Esson Valley, and we can help arrange trips out into the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough's famous award winning vineyards. ... more   less 
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