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Jugglers Rest Backpackers
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

The Juggler's is everything we expect from a backpackers lodge: clean, friendly, homey, small and informative.

The place is small (Less than 20 beds, to my estimation) so it's not too crowded and it's quiet at nights even for rooms near the shared spaces.

The place offers exquisite breakfast - freshly baked bread, home-made jams, butter and fresh coffee for the ridiculously low price of $4. Too bad we had some eggs with us - the place sells free range eggs for $0.5 each. The jam (local, organic) is also for sale.

The kitchen is large and well-equipped.

We took a double room with shared bathrooms. We didn't expect much, but the bathrooms were extra-clean, large, and didn't feel any different from private rooms we had elsewhere.

The staff is real information bonanza - they're friendly, experienced, informative and nice. They helped us a lot with planning nearby treks (Abel Tasman and Queen Charlotte).

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. One the best lodges we've ever been to.

Room Tip: Don't be afraid to take the rooms with the shared bathrooms - they are sterile-clean.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We landed in this cosy place after a very tough trip in the ferry.
We decided to rest for some days and this was the right place!
Nice room, with a warm bed, wool socks provided, nice living room and a well provided kitchen to cook!
Atmosphere is really friendly and staff is really helpful and nice.
You really feel like home! Plus you can try to juggle and it's really funny!
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

Slept only 2 nights here, but we loved every moment of it. The hosts (Nikki an Bruce) were very friendly, and welcoming and a matter-of-course. Unlike other backpackers, the undisturbed peace and calm is the main character of this place. As the owners live there as well, the kitchen is equipped accordingly, even home made bread and jam are available in the morning, and if you are lucky, you can enjoy a juggler show, when it is getting dark.

We will definitely stay here, when we visit Picton again. One of the best backpacker in the South Island.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

Home baked bread & jams for breakfast, late night trip into the hills to see glow worms, spotless, exceptionally friendly, welcome advice on what to do and see.. Has a couple of family rooms. The building is full of character - one of Picton's first. Really enjoyed our stay. Thanks Nicky & Co.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 14 December 2012

A lovely quaint and friendly old house run by welcoming and knowledgeable hosts. Evening glow worm tours and juggling shows, and free use of the herb garden were nice touches; as was the home made bread and home made jams for breakfast. And also the cheapest place to stay for 3 of us that we could find, so very impressed!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Ben C
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