Things to do in Featherston

The WAI Running Festival, over 1 week from January 5-11 (2020) includes 3 main events and plenty more, so come along and spend the week enjoying the sights of the glorious Wairarapa! 

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.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

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

Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides in Martinborough - inlcuding guided wine tours, to multi-day cycling adventures of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, and even a guided walking tour of Cape Palliser.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges. 
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Walking & Trekking

The Featherston Reserves Walkway is a series of four short walking tracks all within an easy walk of Featherston.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
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 Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges. 
Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 

Museums

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.
Visit Featherston Heritage Museum to see evocative original photos, modern audio visuals and historical artefacts from the Featherston Camps during World War I & II. 
Enjoy an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River for an unforgettable experience, then visit their unique museum of natural history to see a unique collection of mounted animals and birds from New Zealand and overseas. 
Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston houses H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world!
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 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.

Adventure

The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges. 
Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
Enjoy an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River for an unforgettable experience, then visit their unique museum of natural history to see a unique collection of mounted animals and birds from New Zealand and overseas. 
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
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.

Conferences

Rose & Smith at Tauherenikau is a boutique venue nestled in the heart of the beautiful Tauherenikau Racecourse making it a spectacular backdrop for your event, wedding ceremony and outdoor photographs.  
Wharekauhau 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

The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges. 
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!
Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides in Martinborough - inlcuding guided wine tours, to multi-day cycling adventures of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, and even a guided walking tour of Cape Palliser.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

Family

Enjoy an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River for an unforgettable experience, then visit their unique museum of natural history to see a unique collection of mounted animals and birds from New Zealand and overseas. 
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.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
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.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
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.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges. 
The Wairarapa Country Music Festival at the picturesque Tauherenikau Race Course is a great chance to see a line-up of well-known and emerging country music stars performing over several nights.

Free and nearly free

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 Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
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.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
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.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges. 
Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 

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

 A fundraiser for Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre the Wairarapa garden tour is a self-drive weekend showing off some of the most beautiful private gardens in the Wairarapa.

Shopping

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.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Specialising in buying and selling rare, second-hand and new books on Military History across the ages, aviation, naval, guns and machines.
"WOW!" is a common response on walking through the door at For the Love of Books. The second-hand bookshop has books organised to make it easy to know where to look for what you are interested in, and the diverse range of books caters to many tastes.
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.

Tours and Transport

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.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides in Martinborough - inlcuding guided wine tours, to multi-day cycling adventures of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, and even a guided walking tour of Cape Palliser.
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.
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.
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 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 has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Wine

Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

Walks

The Featherston Reserves Walkway is a series of four short walking tracks all within an easy walk of Featherston.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
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 two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges. 
Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
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.

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!
Rose & Smith at Tauherenikau is a boutique venue nestled in the heart of the beautiful Tauherenikau Racecourse making it a spectacular backdrop for your event, wedding ceremony and outdoor photographs.  

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.

Camping

Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.

Cafes and Restaurants

C’est Cheese is an artisan deli in Featherston specialising in terrific New Zealand-made cheeses.
The Lake Ferry Hotel is just 45 mins from Martinborough and Featherston. The fish and chips here rival the best in the region!
The Tin Hut is fantastic place to eat in Featherston. This country hotel is big on Wairarapa hospitality and serves up some beautiful food.

Wine/Vineyards

Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Enjoy an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River for an unforgettable experience, then visit their unique museum of natural history to see a unique collection of mounted animals and birds from New Zealand and overseas. 

Tours

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.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides in Martinborough - inlcuding guided wine tours, to multi-day cycling adventures of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, and even a guided walking tour of Cape Palliser.
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.
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.
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 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 has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

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.