Things to do in Featherston

Bird Watching

Te Rakau Birding offers fully guided half and full-day bird watching tours for small groups in the Western Lake area of South Wairarapa. Enjoy the stunning Wairarapa coastline, explore native bush and lagoons and see a diverse range of birds.

Farms

Staying at Waiorongomai is a real experience for its wonderfully secluded rural feel and the extensive history behind the property. There are several accommodation options including the 90 year old homestead, Ratanui Cottage and Sam's Cottage.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Green Jersey Cycle Tours offer easy day rides, multi-day cycling adventure and wine tours throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Unless specified, all rides listed include bike hire and a delicious picnic lunch. Our guided tours are famous for friendly knowledgeable guides who cater to your every need!
Green Jersey Cycle Tours has a fleet of 12 electric assist bikes in the Wairarapa. These Scott e-Sub Comfort bikes are very easy to ride, the assist is a gentle experience that helps take the humps and hollows out of a ride. With an e-bikes it’s easy to explore much more of the Wairarapa or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. For example you could ride from Martinborough to Cape Palliser! If a group wants to go cycling but some in the group aren't sure they'll keep up, these bikes are the answer!
Green Jersey Cycle Tours offer easy day rides, multi-day cycling adventure and wine tours throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Unless specified, all rides listed include bike hire and a delicious picnic lunch. Our guided tours are famous for friendly knowledgeable guides who cater to your every need!
The Rimutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride over the spectacular Rimutaka Ranges. It is part of the longer Rimutaka Cycle Trail, which links up with Wellington.

Walking & Trekking

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Featherston Reserves Walkway is a series of four short walking tracks all within an easy walk of Featherston.

Golf

The Featherston Golf Club is an 18 hole country golf course on the outskirts of Featherston, Wairarapa.

Museums

Wairarapa Heritage Association is a trail of Wairarapa museums running from Featherston to Mount Bruce. Check out some of the fabulous places you can visit!
This self guided tour follows the story of two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
Kahutara Canoes is all about people from toddlers to grandparents enjoying themselves on the scenic Ruamahanga River in a way few people have experienced before. Whether you are a couple, school party , social club, family group or team building, we encourage freedom paddling. Kahutara Canoes operates seven days a week river and weather permitting. Risk Analysis and Management System is available on request. Three self guided river trips are available. Trips vary from 1 1/2 hours up to 5 hours. Stop off for a swim in the summer on the river bank or enjoy a picnic. No age limit.
Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston houses H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world!
This self guided tour follows the story of a tradesman who headed off to World War 1. You will need to allow at least two hours.

Adventure

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
Hammonds Wairarapa Palliser Bay Tour departs Wellington and Martinborough, provides a light lunch and visits some local Lord of The Rings film sites, Palliser Bay and Lighthouse and the fantastic fur seal colony.
Kahutara Canoes is all about people from toddlers to grandparents enjoying themselves on the scenic Ruamahanga River in a way few people have experienced before. Whether you are a couple, school party , social club, family group or team building, we encourage freedom paddling. Kahutara Canoes operates seven days a week river and weather permitting. Risk Analysis and Management System is available on request. Three self guided river trips are available. Trips vary from 1 1/2 hours up to 5 hours. Stop off for a swim in the summer on the river bank or enjoy a picnic. No age limit.

Conferences

Wharekauhua Country Estate provides exclusive lodge accommodation overlooking Palliser Bay, offering guests the chance to enjoy unique New Zealand country hospitality, while relaxing in pure luxury.

Cycling

Green Jersey Cycle Tours offer easy day rides, multi-day cycling adventure and wine tours throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Unless specified, all rides listed include bike hire and a delicious picnic lunch. Our guided tours are famous for friendly knowledgeable guides who cater to your every need!
Green Jersey Cycle Tours has a fleet of 12 electric assist bikes in the Wairarapa. These Scott e-Sub Comfort bikes are very easy to ride, the assist is a gentle experience that helps take the humps and hollows out of a ride. With an e-bikes it’s easy to explore much more of the Wairarapa or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. For example you could ride from Martinborough to Cape Palliser! If a group wants to go cycling but some in the group aren't sure they'll keep up, these bikes are the answer!
Green Jersey Cycle Tours offer easy day rides, multi-day cycling adventure and wine tours throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Unless specified, all rides listed include bike hire and a delicious picnic lunch. Our guided tours are famous for friendly knowledgeable guides who cater to your every need!
The Rimutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride over the spectacular Rimutaka Ranges. It is part of the longer Rimutaka Cycle Trail, which links up with Wellington.

Family

This self guided tour follows the story of a tradesman who headed off to World War 1. You will need to allow at least two hours.
This self guided tour follows the story of two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
The Wairarapa Country Music Festival from 13th - 15th January 2017 at the picturesque Tauherenikau race course. The headlining act this year is the Topp Twins.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
The Wairarapa Racing Club was officially formed in 1864, and shifted to its location at Tauherenikau, just north of Featherston in 1874. The site provides one of the most picturesque environments for a horse racing club in New Zealand. The Wairarapa horse racing calendar features a series of fun family picnic style horse races.

Free and nearly free

This self guided tour follows the story of two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
This self guided tour follows the story of a tradesman who headed off to World War 1. You will need to allow at least two hours.

Hunting

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Gardens

Fernside Gardens is just outside of Featherston, Wairarapa. Great for a garden tour, Fernside is also Lord of the Rings filming location!

Shopping

Featherston Gateway is the place to stock up on holiday essentials, with a supermarket, post shop and bottle store on site.
C’est Cheese is an artisan deli in Featherston specialising in terrific New Zealand-made cheeses.
Sweet Kitchen and Delights in Featherston is a charming shop packed with the finest sweet treats - from local and imported chocolates to genuine Turkish delight.

Tours and Transport

This self guided tour follows the story of two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
Te Rakau Birding offers fully guided half and full-day bird watching tours for small groups in the Western Lake area of South Wairarapa. Enjoy the stunning Wairarapa coastline, explore native bush and lagoons and see a diverse range of birds.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
This self guided tour follows the story of a tradesman who headed off to World War 1. You will need to allow at least two hours.
Tour through south Wairarapa all the way to the Cape Palliser coast with the rural postman. The mail run takes you through south Wairarapa towns, past seal colonies, the castle, spectacular coast line all the way to the Cape Palliser lighthouse.

Walks

This self guided tour follows the story of two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
Ocean Beach is across Lake Onoke from Lake Ferry but can be accessed down Western Lake Road from Featherston in about 40 minutes and from Martinborough in about 50 minutes. This part of the coast is close to one of the world’s top ranked lodges at Wharekauhau Country Estate.
The Rimutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride over the spectacular Rimutaka Ranges. It is part of the longer Rimutaka Cycle Trail, which links up with Wellington.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Featherston Reserves Walkway is a series of four short walking tracks all within an easy walk of Featherston.

Weddings

Lake Ferry Hotel, where Lake Onoke meets the sea, is an incredible backdrop for your wedding in the Wairarapa.
If luxury is your middle name then Wharekauhau is the Wairarapa wedding view of your absolute dreams!
Tauherenikau is Wairarapa wedding venue for the entire celebration!

Flight

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Cafes and restaurants

The Lake Ferry Hotel is just 45 mins from Martinborough and Featherston. The fish and chips here rival the best in the region!

Canoeing & Kayaking

Kahutara Canoes is all about people from toddlers to grandparents enjoying themselves on the scenic Ruamahanga River in a way few people have experienced before. Whether you are a couple, school party , social club, family group or team building, we encourage freedom paddling. Kahutara Canoes operates seven days a week river and weather permitting. Risk Analysis and Management System is available on request. Three self guided river trips are available. Trips vary from 1 1/2 hours up to 5 hours. Stop off for a swim in the summer on the river bank or enjoy a picnic. No age limit.

Tours

Green Jersey Cycle Tours offer easy day rides, multi-day cycling adventure and wine tours throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Unless specified, all rides listed include bike hire and a delicious picnic lunch. Our guided tours are famous for friendly knowledgeable guides who cater to your every need!
Tour through south Wairarapa all the way to the Cape Palliser coast with the rural postman. The mail run takes you through south Wairarapa towns, past seal colonies, the castle, spectacular coast line all the way to the Cape Palliser lighthouse.
Green Jersey Cycle Tours has a fleet of 12 electric assist bikes in the Wairarapa. These Scott e-Sub Comfort bikes are very easy to ride, the assist is a gentle experience that helps take the humps and hollows out of a ride. With an e-bikes it’s easy to explore much more of the Wairarapa or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. For example you could ride from Martinborough to Cape Palliser! If a group wants to go cycling but some in the group aren't sure they'll keep up, these bikes are the answer!
This self guided tour follows the story of two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
Green Jersey Cycle Tours offer easy day rides, multi-day cycling adventure and wine tours throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Unless specified, all rides listed include bike hire and a delicious picnic lunch. Our guided tours are famous for friendly knowledgeable guides who cater to your every need!
Te Rakau Birding offers fully guided half and full-day bird watching tours for small groups in the Western Lake area of South Wairarapa. Enjoy the stunning Wairarapa coastline, explore native bush and lagoons and see a diverse range of birds.
Hammonds Wairarapa Palliser Bay Tour departs Wellington and Martinborough, provides a light lunch and visits some local Lord of The Rings film sites, Palliser Bay and Lighthouse and the fantastic fur seal colony.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
This self guided tour follows the story of a tradesman who headed off to World War 1. You will need to allow at least two hours.

Scenic Attractions

Tour through south Wairarapa all the way to the Cape Palliser coast with the rural postman. The mail run takes you through south Wairarapa towns, past seal colonies, the castle, spectacular coast line all the way to the Cape Palliser lighthouse.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.