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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
Martinborough House & Garden Tour
  • Sat, 23rd Nov '19
  • Martinborough
The Cromwell Festive Fete
  • Sun, 24th Nov '19
  • Cromwell
Marton Country Music Festival 2020
  • 17th-19th Jan '20
  • Marton - Stay for the Weekend!
Wairarapa Country Music Festival 2020
  • 24th-26th Jan '20
  • Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston
Music in the Mountains 2020 - sponsored by Camec (NZMCA Members Only)
  • 31st Jan-3rd Feb '20
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  • 6th-15th Feb '20
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Walking and cycling trails

Makara Walkway

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

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Kapiti Coast

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

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C'est Cheese!

Cheesemaker Paul Broughton has opened a sensational little shop in Featherston.  Selling specialty cheeses made by 20 different producers, including locally made Kingsmeade and Cwmglyn, there is also a comprehensive and gorgeous range of cured meats, olive oil, chutneys, relishes, breads and more.

Set in a stylish shop this is the place to come to find a perfect range for a …

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