Featherston is a small town in the north of the Wellington Region of New Zealand. It lies in the Wairarapa, just north of the Rimutaka tunnel, in the South Wairarapa District. We have a population of around 2,400. Our town is on the eastern side of the Rimutaka Range. It is 37 km south-west of Masterton and 63 km north-east of Wellington.
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.
Our accommodation is only a couple of minutes walk to Featherston's Town Centre, Fell Museum, shops, Military Museum, schools, halls, walks, childrens' park, mini rail, swimming pool, and railway station. 5 minutes drive to golf course and Tarureka Estate (wedding venue), and 10 minutes drive to Lake Wairarapa and Tauherenikau Racecourse. 15 minutes to Martinborough's wineries, vineyards and festivals, and Greytown's boutique shopping and approx 1hr drive to Wellington. Great fishing, diving, beaches, chasm walk, country gardens, Kahutara Canoes, Mount Holdsworth walks, Waiohine Gorge, Paua Shell Factory and Taxidermy Gallery, all within 1 hr drive. 10 minutes drive to Wairarapa lake for great duck shooting. The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is a must for those who enjoy cycling. A great option is to stay with us 2 nights, catching the train in the morning from Featherston with bikes on tow to Maymorn Station and riding back over the trail to Featherston. The Rimutaka Rail Trail, runs along the old railway line from Maymorn to Cross Creek, then along Western Lake Road down to the Department of Conservation campsite at Corner Creek, with the only on-road portion of the trail passing through the stunning open expanses of the Wairarapa Valley to Featherston.
Tranzit coachlines are available for most of the major events like Martinborough fair, Toast Martinborough, Tauherenikau races, Concerts etc, but bookings are essential.
If you require transport to local function, we may be able to help.