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.

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bellavilla - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
9.10 16 Reviews
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 toilet... (more)
Featherston Motel & Campground - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
9.70 25 Reviews
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... (more)
Hardie House - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
8.00 1 Reviews
Beautiful home cottage. For each night booked you are provided with breakfast and a lovely place to sleep. This is a two-story villa with a stunning garden to relax in and enjoy the Wairarapa sun. Close to Featherston town centre anda 2 minute walk to the Fell Engine Museum, a ten-minute d... (more)
Laurels Cottage - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
9.60 5 Reviews
This delightful homestay/farmstay sleeping up to 10 guests is situated on a farm overlooking SH53 to Martinborough and is a must for those who want a taste of country life and is also suitable for families. Depending on the time of year, your closest neighbour would be the family pony, ... (more)
Little Branches B&B - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
10.00 14 Reviews
Tauherenikau, Featherston
Gorgeous B&B between Featherston and Greytown in the South Wairarapa. This luxurious two bedroom cottage is set in its own secluded garden under the cherry trees at the end of a private driveway. Features include spa pool,in-ground swimming pool, petanque court, stereo system and small lib... (more)
Longwood Cottage Collection - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
10.00 3 Reviews
The Longwood Collection features three completely self-contained cottages. All the Cottages have their own unique character and history. Situated in the park like grounds of Longwood Country Lodge, 15 minutes from Martinborough. All the buildings have New Zealand Historic Places c... (more)
Taha Aruhe - Accommodation in Tauherenikau New Zealand
10.00 2 Reviews
RD 1, Tauherenikau
Rustic, economical self-contained accommodation, 8 ensuite units, upstairs & downstairs - great for families. Taha Aruhe is surrounded by trees and farmland. Swimming pool on-site. Sky TV. 5 mins drive to Featherston or Greytown. ... (more)
Tin Hut - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
9.30 19 Reviews
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,... (more)
Underhill Cottage - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
9.80 16 Reviews
Cosy Stand-alone boutique Bed and Breakfast accommodation catering for a couple looking for a quiet retreat. No television. Generous breakfast provisions for you to enjoy at your leisure.Feast on our home baked goodies and preserves from our garden. Enjoy all day sun in our garden se... (more)
Whispering Winds - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
10.00 1 Reviews
Tauherenikau, Featherston
We are a small, down to earth operator providing a high quality accommodation by means of a holiday cottage and home-stay facilities. We have a 5 Ha (12.5 acres) rural block some 70 kms from Wellington (NZ) and only about 10 kms from Martinborough's vineyards. Rural tranquility, lots... (more)
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    Fri 17 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Classical Music
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    Wed 2 May 2018 7:30PM / Blues
    Cross Creek Blues Club Tribute Show. Invited musicians and bands play four shorter sets then our guest trio/band (this month) plays for seventy minutes plus encores. Our special guests for the August Tin Hut Live ... more
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    Tue 24 Jul 2018 5:00PM / Family Entertainment
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    Tue 1 May 2018 6:45PM / Mind & Body
    Ever wanted to try yoga? Then join us for this beginner friendly community yoga class. Hutt City Council's Yoga Flavours is teaming up with Spiritual Graffiti Yoga who will lead you through a relaxing 60 mins of yoga. ... more
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    Sat 28 Jul 2018 7:00PM / Theatre
    Join us for an exciting evening of theatrical entertainment as theatrical groups compete for the title of Best One Act Play at our 2018 Wairarap One Act Festival. Comedy, drama and fun as doors open at 7:00pm at the ... more
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    Tue 24 Jul 2018 6:00PM / Literary
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    Tue 24 Jul 2018 5:30PM / Business & Professional
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    Mon 16 Jan 2017 10:00AM / Film
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    Mon 28 May 2018 12:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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    Tue 24 Jul 2018 7:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
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    Tue 17 Apr 2018 9:10AM / Social & Political History
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    Thu 3 May 2018 6:15PM / Mind & Body
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    Sun 5 Aug 2018 10:00AM / Musicals
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    Tue 14 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
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    Sun 14 Jan 2018 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
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