Featherston

South Wairarapa District Council
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Featherston is near the shores of Lake Wairarapa, the largest wetland area in the lower North Island and a significant nesting ground for native and migratory birds. Apart from antique shops and cafés, the town’s key attractions are museums, which are unlike anything else you’ll see around New Zealand. The Fell Engine Museum houses the only Fell engine in the world, a survivor from the days of the Rimutaka Incline Railway. The museum also has an incline brake van and lots of railway memorabilia. The Featherston Heritage Museum tells the story of the historic Featherston military base and its role as a prisoner of war camp in World War II. Functional facts: Approx. population 2400, information centre, train station.

Featherston is also the gateway to the Wairarapa’s quiet country roads, hill and mountain cycle tracks and an easy place to join up with the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, a 'Great Ride' on Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. The Wairarapa side of this ride takes in urban and rural landscapes with exceptional experiences on the historic Rimutaka Rail Trail and the Wairarapa south coast.

You can also catch the train to Featherston from Wellington. The scenic journey takes approximately one hour.

For Local Activities see the above Directory Tab.

South Wairarapa District Council Telephone: 06 306 9611


Upcoming Events
Wairarapa Balloon Festival - Trust House Night Glow
  • Sat, 20th Apr '19
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Featherston Anzac Day Cemetery Service
  • Thu, 25th Apr '19
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Featherston Anzac Day Civic Service
  • Thu, 25th Apr '19
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Featherston Art Sale
  • 9th-12th May '19
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Featherston Booktown Festival
  • 10th-12th May '19
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NZ String Quartet: 2019 National Tour
  • Fri, 28th Jun '19
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Walking and cycling trails

Makara Walkway


Trail type: Walking
Direction: Loop
Walking Duration: hrs
Distance: 6.6
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Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Kapiti Coast


Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way
Walking Duration: hrs
Distance: 22.5
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Gradiant: Steady
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Visited in Dec 2014. The Fell Engine Museum houses the only Fell engine in the world, a survivor from the days of the Rimutaka Incline Railway. The museum also has a brake engine and lots of railway memorabilia. We spent about two hours here as it was so interesting. Start by watching the video on how the Rimutaka train track …

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