Things to do in Featherston

Food in the Wairarapa

Food in the Wairarapa

Glass of Red Hideaways is beautifully decorated accommodation close to Featherston, Greytown and Martinborough.

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.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.

Farms

Visit Greytown Honey's bespoke Honey Stables for factory tours, award winning honey tasting, and all things bees.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

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. 
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails.
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 to multi-day cycling adventures.

Walking & Trekking

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.
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 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.

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.
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.
Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston houses H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world!
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.
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!
Visit Featherston Heritage Museum to see evocative original photos, modern audio visuals and historical artefacts from the Featherston Camps during World War I & II. 
Visit their unique museum of natural history or take an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River

Adventure

Visit their unique museum of natural history or take an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River
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.
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. 

Conferences

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.
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.  

Cycling

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. 
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails.
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 to multi-day cycling adventures.

Family

See a line-up of country music stars at Wairarapa Music in the Country.
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. 
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
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.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails.
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.
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.
Visit their unique museum of natural history or take an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River

Free and nearly free

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 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.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
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.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails.
Take a look at all the classes you can take in the Palliser Ridge Woolshed near Featherston working with wool.
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. 
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.

Gardens

The Wairarapa garden tour is a self-drive tour showing beautiful private gardens.

Shopping

C’est Cheese is an artisan deli in Featherston specialising in terrific New Zealand-made cheeses.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
"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.

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.
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.
Visit Greytown Honey's bespoke Honey Stables for factory tours, award winning honey tasting, and all things bees.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
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 specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.

Wine

Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.

Walks

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.
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.
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. 
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 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.

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.  

Camping

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.
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. 

Cafes and Restaurants

C’est Cheese is an artisan deli in Featherston specialising in terrific New Zealand-made cheeses.
Brac & Bow are a restaurant and bar set in The Royal Hotel, an 1868 historic hotel in the heart of Featherston.
The Lake Ferry Hotel is just 45 mins from Martinborough and Featherston. The fish and chips here rival the best in the region!

Wine/Vineyards

Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Visit their unique museum of natural history or take an unguided freedom paddle down the scenic Ruamahanga River

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.
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.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
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 specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.

Single Day Tours

Visit Greytown Honey's bespoke Honey Stables for factory tours, award winning honey tasting, and all things bees.