Things to do close to Featherston

Cycling in the Wairarapa begins in Featherston with the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, a ‘Great Ride’ on the NZ Cycle Trail; a fantastic loop to and from Wellington though the Rimutaka ranges.

Featherston is the gateway to Lake Wairarapa and beyond. Ocean Beach, an hours’ drive from here is a prime spot for fishing! Stony and isolated, the drive out here is beautiful taking you alongside the shores of Lake Wairarapa and finally ending at the world renowned Wharekauhau Lodge.   

Just 90 minutes to Cape PalliserPutangarua Pinnacles, Ngawi and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse make Featherston a great base for travel out this way. These beaches are great for fishing, diving and surfing, as well as home to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and the largest fur seal colony in the North Island.

 

  • Ten minutes south east is the famous wine village of Martinborough, the region’s hot spot for beautiful wine and gourmet food, with fine dining, bistros, cafes and plenty of boutique, family run vineyards.
  • Greytown is 10 minutes up State Highway 2 and is just brilliant for ladies looking to get their shop on! Charming, this little shopping village is a beautiful place to spend some time. 
  • Another ten minutes along State Highway 2 is Carterton, the art hub of the region where you can enjoy vintage shopping and art.
  • Masterton is only 25 minutes to the north and the region’s hot spot for beautiful wine and gourmet food, with fine dining, bistros, cafes and plenty of boutique, family run vineyards.