Western shore of Lake Wairarapa
Featherston
Lake Wairarapa, Wairarapa

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Featherston

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
9.10 16 Reviews
Featherston
0220475476
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
Featherston
063089852
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)
Tin Hut - Accommodation in Featherston New Zealand
9.30 19 Reviews
Tauherenikau, Featherston
063089697
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)
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