Featherston

Featherston Booktown

Booklovers flock to historic Featherston for Booktown - a annual festival celebrating everything to do with books.

Green Jersey Cycle Tours

Cycle the Vines with Green JerseyGreen Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides - inlcuding guided wine tours of Martinborough, to multi-day cycling adventures of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, and even a guided walking tour of Cape Palliser.

Their guided tours cater to your every need and they are well-known for their knowledgeable and friendly guides - they will even collect and deliver your wine purchases to your accommodation! They also offer a shuttle service. 

Learn more about (and book) their easy Day Rides, including guided wine tours of Martinborough below.

Food

 Schoc Chocolates

Eat your way around the region! Beautiful Wairarapa is full of small, award-winning food producers who love visitors. Here are some of our favourites.

Cafes, Restaurants, Bakeries

World War I; Wairarapa Wide

This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s scenic towns and villages. It's best done over a couple of days.

Other self-guided tours that take a little less time:

STOP 1: Rimutaka Summit
State Highway 2
Featherston

Marching over the Rimutaka Hill

From September 1915 until April 1918 about 60,000 infantry reinforcements marched over the Rimutaka Range to Trentham Camp. The Wairarapa Patriotic Association provided a meal for up to 2,000 men as they passed the summit.

Cuppa time at Rimutaka Summit with women from the Wairarapa Patriotic Association

Setting off before dawn and accompanied by the camp's brass band, the soldiers would reach the summit by mid-morning. The next night they would stage a simulated night attack in the Mangaroa hills, before the final morning's march to Trentham.

 

STOP 2: Featherston Military Camp
State Highway 2
Featherston

Featherston Military Camp

Featherston Military Camp was a temporary home for over 60,000 soldiers in training between January 1916 and November 1918. The barracks housed 4500, with a tent camp (Canvas Camp) holding about 3,000.

Infantry would spend about two months in camp, while mounted rifles and artillery did almost all their training at Featherston. The camp opened in January 1916 and over 60,000 men trained here. The hospital area was south of SH2 bounded by Main Road and Camp Road, opposite the barrack camp.

Here's a good map to see the layout of the military camp in relation to current roads.

 

STOP 3: Memorial Gates, Martinborough
At the end of Kitchener Street
Martinborough

Memorial Gates, Martinborough

This beautiful little town has World War One Memorial Gates in the town square. The memorial lists 50 dead from the area.

Unveiled in 1921, the gates joined the existing South African War Memorial (in the centre). A World War Two memorial was added opposite the Pain & Kershaw building.

 

STOP 4: 42 Sackville Street
Martinborough

42 Sackville Street, Martinborough

A small house built from half of a Featherston Camp hutment. Although modified, the house retains much of the original look.

 

STOP 5: Papawai Camp
Fabians Rd, near junction with Papawai Rd
Greytown

Papawai Camp

Set up in 1915 after training began at Tauherenikau Camp, the camp was next to Papawai Rifle Range where soldiers undertook their musketry (shooting) courses. 500 men could stay at the camp in tents.

 

STOP 6: Memorial Square, Carterton
State Highway 2
Carterton

Memorial Square, Carterton

The square and its central memorial were dedicated in 1921, commemorating 114 Carterton area men.

 

STOP 7: Maungaraki War Memorial
Te Whiti Road
Gladstone

The little memorial, with 24 World War I and 10 World War II names, is for the Gladstone-Te Wharau and Longbush areas.

Past the plaque is an avenue of 36 scarlet oaks, forming part of the memorial which was unveiled in 1953.

 

STOP 8: Tinui War Memorial/Anzac Cross
Te Ore Ore Road (Masterton to Castlepoint Road)
Tinui

The original Tinui CrossReplacing the Tinui Cross 1965

On 25 April 1916 the World’s first ever ANZAC service was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd. After the service the Tinui community erected a wooden cross on top of Mt. Maunsell (Tinui Taipo) as one of New Zealand’s first memorials to the Gallipoli Campaign.

The Anzac Cross was replaced by an aluminium version in 1965. The village now hosts a large Anzac Day service and a walk to visit the cross.

The original village memorial was moved to the War Memorial Hall in 1954.

 

STOP 9: Wairarapa Soldiers' Memorial
Queen Elizabeth Park
Dixon Street
Masterton

Wairarapa Soldiers' Memorial

This memorial was unveiled on 16 September 1923. The 441 names on the panels include men and one woman from Woodville to Palliser Bay rather than just Masterton town and district.

The four sided marble memorial is surmounted by a bronze statue of 'The last ANZAC' by Frank 'Guy' Lynch, modelled on his brother Joseph.

Other major campaigns are inscribed around the memorial and World War II names were added to the cenotaph.

 

STOP 10: Mauriceville War Memorial
Opaki-Kaiparoro Road
Mauriceville

Mauriceville Memorial

The memorial was unveiled in 1928 with 20 local names but was removed about 1939 for improvements to the school grounds. It was re-installed in 1955 with additional World War II names.

 

STOP 11: ANZAC Bridge, Kaiparoro
State Highway 2
Makakahi River Bridge
Kaiparoro

Kaiparoro ANZAC Bridge

The one-way concrete bridge crosses the Makakahi River just north of Pukaha National Wildlife Centre. It was built in 1922 by Alfred Falkner, father of one of six local soldiers commemorated on the bridge. There is a walkway from Millers Reserve, south of the bridge.

The two-way bridge on SH2 replaced the ANZAC Bridge in the 1950s.

 

A Bootmaker Goes to War

This is the story of Albert Summers, a young bootmaker turned WWI soldier. Allow two hours for the full tour.

Summers Boys with Charlie Superimposed 1919

Brothers in arms

Albert Summers was born at Rangitumau, north of Masterton, in 1892. He was one of 16 children. By 1914 he was living in Lower Hutt, and working as a trained bootmaker. He enlisted in July 1916 into the 19th Reinforcement.

Albert served overseas along with four of his brothers.

 

FIRST STOP
Featherston Heritage Museum
Fitzherbert Street
Behind the Fell Locomotive Museum
Featherston

Before you follow Albert's story stop at the Featherston Heritage Museum. Here you'll get a feel for the layout and environment of the Featherston Military Camp and other aspects of training life through the photographs and memorabilia on display.

 

NEXT STOP (2 min drive)
Featherston Military Camp
State Highway 2
Featherston

Featherston Military Camp

Featherston Military Camp was a temporary home for over 60,000 soldiers in training between January 1916 and November 1918. The barracks housed 4500, with a 'canvas camp' holding another 3,000.

Infantry would spend about two months in camp, while mounted rifles and artillery did almost all their training at Featherston. The camp opened in January 1916 and over 60,000 men trained here.

Like many soldiers when Albert enlisted he was first taken into the army in Trentham before quickly moving over to Featherston for field training.

Here's a good map to see the layout of the military camp in relation to current roads.

 

NEXT STOP
Papawai Camp (10 min drive)
Fabians Rd, near junction with Papawai Rd
Greytown

Papawai Camp 1918

Papawai Camp was next to the Papawai Rifle Range, where the trainee soldiers did their musketry (shooting) training. Up to 500 men could stay at the camp in tents.

Albert and his fellow soldiers would march from Featherston to Papawai for a day's shooting - a round trip of 20km.

 

NEXT STOP
Kaiwaiwai & Kahutara Halls (15 min to Kahutara and then 10 min to Kaiwaiwai)
Highway 53, Featherston-Martinborough Rd (Kaiwaiwai Hall)
Corner of Kahutara Rd and Pukio West Rd (Kahutara Hall)

Kaiwaiwai HallKahutara Hall

Soldiers in training needed some downtime. These community halls were once part of the Soldiers’ Club at Featherston Camp. Here Albert and his mates would have gone to relax when they weren't training. The club buildings were dismantled and re-assembled as community halls in Kaiwaiwai and Kahutara in 1921. 

 

 

NEXT STOP
ANZAC Club (10 min)
Bell Street
Featherston

ANZAC Club

The ANZAC club in Bell Street was built by local settlers and opened in October 1916. Trainee soldiers on leave came here for concerts, dances or a drink or two at the club canteen. Albert would have spruced himself up for dances here with local girls.

On some of his days off he would also have taken a train to Masterton to visit his family.

 

NEXT STOP
Rimutaka Summit (20 min)
State Highway 2

Marching over the Rimutaka Hill

Between September 1915 and April 1918 about 60,000 infantrymen marched over the Rimutaka Range to Trentham Camp in Upper Hutt. The soldiers would set off before dawn, accompanied by the camp's brass band. 

Cuppa time at Summit with a woman from the Wairarapa Patriotic Association

By mid-morning the troops reached the summit, where the Wairarapa Patriotic Association provided a meal for up to 2,000 men at a time.

From Trentham, Albert sailed to England in 1916 and joined the 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment. He survived the Messines and Passchendaele campaigns, and the Second Battle of the Somme. While in France, he took up bootmaking again to keep his battalion well shod.

Albert with Charlie's grave in France

This picture shows Albert at the grave of his brother Charlie, who was killed in France in 1918.

After the war Albert returned to Masterton, married, and remained in the Wairarapa until his death in 1966.

 

Service number:

Albert Summers 31372

 

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