Things to do in Featherston

Bird Watching

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.
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

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk. 
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!
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
Green Jersey Cycle Tours specialise in easy day rides, wine tours in the Wairarapa and multi-day cycling adventures throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa.Green Jersey will collect and deliver your wine to your accommodation as part of your bike hire! Their guided tours are famous for their friendly knowledgeable guides and a delicious lunch, they cater to your every need.

Walking & Trekking

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
The Featherston Reserves Walkway is a series of four short walking tracks all within an easy walk of Featherston.
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) 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.

Museums

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.
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!

Adventure

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
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

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) 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.
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!
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
Green Jersey Cycle Tours specialise in easy day rides, wine tours in the Wairarapa and multi-day cycling adventures throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa.Green Jersey will collect and deliver your wine to your accommodation as part of your bike hire! Their guided tours are famous for their friendly knowledgeable guides and a delicious lunch, they cater to your every need.

Family

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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.
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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. 
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 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.
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 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 (Rimutaka) 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.

Free and nearly free

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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.
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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. 
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.
Riding the entire Remutaka (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 
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.
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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.

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 Pukaha Mount Bruce, the Wairarapa garden tour is a self-drive weekend showing off some of the most beautiful private gardens in the Wairarapa on 10 & 11 November 2018.
Fernside Gardens is just outside of Featherston, Wairarapa. Great for a garden tour, Fernside is also Lord of the Rings filming location!

Shopping

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.
Featherston Gateway is the place to stock up on holiday essentials, with a supermarket, post shop and bottle store on site.
"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.
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

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 (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) 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.
The Featherston Reserves Walkway is a series of four short walking tracks all within an easy walk of Featherston.
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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 (Rimutaka) 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.

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.

Camping

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) 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.
Riding the entire Remutaka (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington. 

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!
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

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

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.
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.
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 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 specialise in easy day rides, wine tours in the Wairarapa and multi-day cycling adventures throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa.Green Jersey will collect and deliver your wine to your accommodation as part of your bike hire! Their guided tours are famous for their friendly knowledgeable guides and a delicious lunch, they 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.
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.
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.

Scenic Attractions

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.
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.