Featherston Booktown


The annual Featherston Booktown festival is a wonderful event filled with books, ideas, conversations, workshops, stories, provocation and inspiration enjoyed by all ages from 10-14 May 2023. 

Each year, a line-up of inspiring presenters across many events, entertain locals and visitors to the Wairarapa over an outstanding literary weekend. 

What is a Booktown?

Featherston is one of only 22 accredited Booktowns in the world, and the only one in New Zealand. Criteria for international Booktown status include having a certain number of book shops in the local community, (Featherston has seven and counting) and hold a regular book festival.

For book hunters and lovers of books, Booktown will be welcoming visiting booksellers to the Booksellers Hall in the Anzac Hall over the weekend.
Plus there are top book stores throughout Featherston: