The 27th Annual New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival 2019

Thursday 31st January to Sunday 3rd February, Tauranga - Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre


About the festival

Since 1993 the "New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival" has travelled all over the country, taking an exciting and diverse event to new kiwi communities. The Festival invites all local, national and international visitors, from complete beginners through to professionals. There is something for everyone. Each year 100 to 250 participants come together from all over the world to have a great time!

The NZJCF is a place where everyone can learn or share circus skills from aerial to ground, juggling to balance and from beginner to advanced. It is a beautiful environment whether you want to learn, teach, hang-out or just play. No matter how experienced you are, or if you’ve never juggled before, the festival has something to offer everyone.

This year your host is Tauranga Juggler Jason Butler. Jason has been involved with the festival for several years and has decided 2019 is the right year to take the festival to the gorgeous bay of plenty.

Our venue is the beautiful Aongatete Outdoor Education centre which is nestled in the native bush of the expansive Kaimai Ranges. It features an all night juggling hall, confidence course, swimming hole and more nature than you can shake a devil stick at!

There will be circus workshops for all levels, an amazing public show, Renegade performances, Fire Jam, Juggling Olympics and more.

For more information and to keep up to date with the festival be sure to follow the event and join us on Facebook!!

Special Guests


The NZJCF Gala Show

Main Hall - 7.30pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 2nd of Feburary

The New Zealand Juggling Festival presents the annual "Gala Show". This show brings some of the countries best professional variety acts to communities around the country. It even draws a few international performers!

More information to come!!

Renegade & Open Stage Shows

Main Hall - 7.00pm Family friendly, 9pm onwards Adults only, Friday 1st Feburary

Expect a rowdy renegade show on Friday night and most likely an impropmtu one on Sunday night to finish off the festival and if last year is anything to go by there may be an open stage or two popping up... More details soon!



10am to 5pm - Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd February

There will be a basic list of workshops coming in the lead up to the event. But at this point we will not be posting a schedule as it will be constructed as the weekend progresses. But we will announce a few that you can expect at the festival

The Circus Olympics

2.00pm - 4.00pm Sunday 3rd of Feburary

The Circus Olympics is a series of competitions, both serious and silly. There will be a few new games and plenty of old favourites so make sure you train up for a chance to win a nzjcf medal!

The Official NZJCF Fight Night Combat Tournament

9.30pm Sunday 3rd of Feburary (After the Gala Show)

It’s back again this year with big thanks to Patrick Adderley. 2017 winner Julius Preu won’t be there this time (count your blessings) but 2018 NZJCF fightnight champion Zach Washer will be along with a bunch of other internationally ranked players. So if you want a shot at some Fightnight points to increase your world ranking or if you just want to win some sweet prizes, you’d better be ready cause you know Zach will be!

Festival Schedule


  • Load in day, Unpack, Set up camp
  • Catch up with friends
  • Pre festival show (Details soon)


  • Registration Desk Opens -10am
  • Workshops - 10am to 5pm
  • Renegade Show - 7pm


  • Workshops - 10am to 5pm
  • NZJCF Gala Show - 7:30pm, Main Hall
  • Fight Night Combat Tournament - 10pm, Main Hall after the Gala Show


  • AGM (Everybody to attend) - 11am
  • Workshops - 12pm to 2pm
  • Circus Olympics - 2pm to 4pm
  • Workshops - 4pm to 6pm
  • Renegade Show - 9:30pm ish


  • Load out day, Pack up

More details to be added to the schedule soon!

Please note: This is currently a draft of the festival schedule and may change without notice

Registration Fees


Book online HERE
Or buy on the door with cash only!

Full Festival Pass - Including camping, all workshops, and Gala Show
Adult - $100
Child 6 to 14 - $70
Children 5 and Under - Free

Day Pass - Including camping and all workshops
Adult - $45
Child 6 to 14 - $30
Children 5 and under - Free

Dorm Bed - $5 per night
Official NZJCF T Shirt - $30
Raffle Tickets - $2 or 3 for $5


For any questions or information email:

For any travellers travelling around New Zealand on their way to or from the NZJCF the lovely people at Jugglers Rest have offered discounted accommodation for you in Picton.