Western shore of Lake Wairarapa
Lake Wairarapa, Wairarapa

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If you're a cycling, railway or military enthusiast, you'll want to visit Featherston.

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. In addition to antique shops and cafés, the town’s two museums 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.

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.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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bellavilla - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
Bellavilla is located in Featherston. Free WiFi access is available. Rooms here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a patio. There is a full a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath or shower and free toiletries. You can enjoy mountain view and garden view from all the rooms. ... (more)
Featherston Motel & Campground - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
Just over the Rimutaka hill is the gateway to the Wairarapa. On your right you will find the new Featherston Motels and Campground.They have four new fully serviced motel units with en-suites, including one disabled unit. Each unit sleeps up to three guests.Backpacker accommodation is also available in a comfortable, modern free standing dwelling, sleeping u... (more)
Tin Hut - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
Tauherenikau, Featherston
The Tin Hut is an historic country Hotel in a rural setting with a back drop of the Tauherenikau Racecourse. Situated between Featherston and Martinborough, and only 5 minutes drive to Greytown. The Tin Hut dates from 1857 and has a colourful history as a local pub offering fine dining, bar meals,entertainment and accommodation. Enjoy the rural outlook... (more)
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  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 11:00AM / Festivals
    In his new book 'Searching for Charlie: In Pursuit of the Real Charles Upham VC & Bar' Tom Scott uncovers the true story of the most highly decorated soldier in the Commonwealth forces of WWII, and arguably the bravest ... more
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 1:00PM / Festivals
    Into the Unknown is a personal account of WW1 from the diaries of a Gisborne farm boy, shaped into a gripping narrative by the diarist’s grandson 100 years later. Come at 11am for the first event with Tom Scott, ... more
  • The Garrison Cafe & Bar, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    Saturday Laughs is a two-hour comedy showcase of some top Kiwi talent, right in the heart of Featherston. MC'd by Chris Parker - A Fred Dagg Comedy Award winner, Chris Parker has performed around the country, as well ... more
  • The Tin Hut, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 3 Jun 2020 7:30PM / Blues
    At Tin Hut Live we host local musicians and guest bands from over the hill to the south and from the northwest and east, mostly playing blues, folk, jazz or rock and occasionally Irish,. Opening the October 16 show ... more
  • Upper Hutt City Library, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Tue 29 Sep 2020 8:00AM / Education
    Top tips for driving customers to your website. Now it is more important than ever to ensure your website is being seen by potential customers. Join us for these free session run by local business Synthesis ... more
  • Reddin's - Raumati Village, Raumati, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 27 Sep 2020 7:30PM / Comedy
    No better way to end the week than watching some live stand-up comedy. Cartel Comedy presents Sunday Night Comedy a night of comedy featuring local comedians. MC: Neil Thronton Headliner: Jerome Chandrahasen ... more
  • Cobblestones Museum, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 10:00AM / Festivals
    An unsentimental yet lyrical love letter to the land, in This Farming Life, Tim Saunders shares the joys and the harsh realities of farm life over five generations. Book Cobblestone’s famous morning tea to enjoy ... more
  • Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Mon 20 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Mind & Body
    Ever wanted to try yoga? Then join us for this beginner-friendly community yoga class. A local teacher will lead you through various styles of Yoga in a 60-minute class. Your first class is free, for those who want to ... more
  • Gelissimo Gelateria, Wellington
    Wed 9 Sep 2020 6:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Gelissimo’s Glow in the Dark Gelato is here to brighten your evenings over the next two months! Our Gelateria is transformed into a UV-lit haven inside and out and serving up the only glow in the dark gelato ... more
  • Greytown School, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 15 Oct 2020 5:00PM / Literary
    Journalist Don Farmer shares his experiences as a young boy growing up in a small Wairarapa town in the 1950s, the subject of 'Walking Back to Happiness – A Wairarapa Boy's Story', his first book. Tea, coffee and ... more
  • Greytown Town Hall, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sun 11 Oct 2020 4:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Wellington Chef Monique Fiso is a modern-day food warrior, taking Māori cuisine to the world and breathing new life into the ancient knowledge of foraging and kai Māori through her award-winning restaurant and new book ... more
  • The Fringe Bar, Wellington
    Sun 27 Sep 2020 7:00PM / Comedy
    Wellington's dopest monthly Sunday comedy show! DOPE AS Sunday Comedy returns to the Fringe Bar to finish your weekend right! Hide from the week ahead with your hosts Anya Rhzevitskaya & Daniel John Smith & Rhian ... more
  • Waterloo School, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Mon 28 Sep 2020 7:30AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Your #1 Holiday Programme in Lower Hutt for children aged 5 to 11 years old! Outings every day to exciting destinations (e.g. Awesome Bounce, Rollerskating Rink, Staglands, Laserforce Wellington, Ice Skating Rink at ... more
  • The Village Cafe, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Comedy
    “He’s good” - TV3 “Very good” - TVNZ “He nails it” - Prime TV Two hit comedy shows, one hilarious night! DJ Trump: See public Trump at a rally AND private Trump in therapy! The Don's had a hard ... more
  • Wellington Buddhist Centre, Wellington
    Sun 22 Mar 2020 7:00PM / Mind & Body
    No meetings currently due to COVID-19. These are meetings where we explore Buddhist teachings to help overcome habitual behaviours that are causing harm, including addiction and obsessive tendencies. The group is ... more
  • Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Shaun Preston is visiting Martinborough to get us pumped! The Martinborough Youth Trust is kickstarting the Martinborough Pump Track project & Fundraising and this is a great way to kickstart the action! Shaun ... more
  • Ata Rangi Winery, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sun 11 Oct 2020 11:00AM / Literary
    Rose Carlyle's edge-of-your-seat, number one bestselling thriller The Girl in the Mirror is addictive, intoxicating and the kind of book you cancel plans for. Rose will speak about what it's like to have your debut novel ... more
  • New Zealand Police Museum, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
    Mon 28 Sep 2020 1:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Visit the museum and also meet a local Porirua Police Officer. You will have the opportunity to ask the officer questions, have a chat and find out more about what a police officer does and the different roles within ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Welcome to Stonehenge Aotearoa! Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered about it? Venture with us beyond Earth! Stonehenge Aotearoa is New Zealand's one and only open air astronomical ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 4 Oct 2020 2:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Join us for this free event to kick off space week. Hosted by Carterton District Library, Under the Stars, NZ Astrobiology Network and Carterton Events Centre there will be a short talk from Haritina Mogoșanu, ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 8 Oct 2020 6:15PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Like us, you may have multiple Chelsea Winter cookbooks on your shelves at home and we couldn’t be more excited to have teamed up with Hedley Bookshop and their ‘Yarns in Barns’ festival, as well as the Carterton ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 23 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Theatre
    It’s 1998. Otto is twelve but online he’s thirteen and he’s pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives in an old wooden house with his mum, dad, and sister, a chain-smoking Icelandic granny, and an ancient ... more
  • Innermost Gardens Site, Wellington
    Mon 28 Sep 2020 8:30AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Our outdoor adventure-based school-holiday education programme is back and better than ever! Perfect for adventurers aged 5 to 12. There's something for everyone! For the master chef: In the forest, they will ... more
  • The Hub, Wellington
    Mon 28 Sep 2020 8:45AM / Choir, Vocal Music
    The Rock Academy school holiday programme is ideal for young singers and musicians. Suited to beginner pupils through to advanced pupils. (Sorry no drums). Suitable for ages up to 16. Inspirational music mentors, ... more
  • The Fringe Bar, Wellington
    Mon 1 Jun 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    Wellington's longest-running open mic comedy night is back! We've got safe distancing, hand sanitizer, and regular surface cleaning, the only risk is the quality of the jokes! Comedy gold and comedy coal, each ... more
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