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Jugglers Rest Backpackers
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“Best hostel”
Reviewed 2 February 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, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

We stayed here for two nights just before New Years. The bedroom was great (we had a double in one of the chalets), comfy and clean; the kitchen was well equipped, spacious enough for a few people cooking and clean; bathrooms were clean; the lounge area and the outdoor areas were great places to chill. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The car park was free. Location wise the hostel is around a 10 minute walk to the town centre. The vibe around this hostel was extremely fun and relaxed. The juggling / poi at night was really entertaining. I wish I remembered to write down the music that was playing - perhaps it could be written in a reply to this? The hostel manager also took us on a free hike up through the forest/hill to see the glow worms which were really spectacular. This is now one of my favourite hostels.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

I just spent a week at the jugglers rest and can honestly say it is my favourate backpackers in New Zealand. I instantly felt at home in the relaxed atmosphere and it didn't take long to see why so many people are drawn back to the place. Nikki was so welcoming and went out of her way to accomodate everyone, Bruce was so friendly and kept me laughing all week! I was lucky enough to be there when all the juggling crew were there and they were all so happy to teach me new juggling skills. They have all the juggling toys you can hope to play with and i came away feeling like i had really learnt something. The homemade bread and jams are delicious, the beds are so comfortable, the front porch is beautiful and the fire juggling is awesome! I know its a place I will always come back to.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

This hostel would be one of my favorites in NZ. Small friendly hostel with lots of charm. Rooms were great as were the communal areas. Even though it was full when my 12 year old and I stayed it was quiet.
Loved the guys practicing their street performance in the front yard while dodging the cat who owns the place.
Would definitely recommend even for those who have never experienced a hostel before.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Ziqim, Israel
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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.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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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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Budapest, Hungary
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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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Property: Jugglers Rest Backpackers
Address: 8 Canterbury Street, Picton, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 Speciality 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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