Featherston is the first town into the Wairarapa after descending the Rimutakas out of Wellington. Featherston, Martinborough and Greytown are all frequented by the café set each weekend from Wellington.

Featherstone is increasingly becoming a fringe suburb of Wellington, as the normal commute time is less than hour to the city. The town sees itself as a railway town. Firstly the Rimutaka Tunnel lies just south of the township and gives cause for the daily rail commute for many residents and secondly Featherston has a good Railway Museum.

From the Wikipedia website some interesting early history;

‘The Featherston Military Training Camp was a major training camp in World War I. In World War II it became the Featherston prisoner of war camp. The town gained notoriety in 1943 when 122 Japanese Prisoners of War in the camp were shot (48 dead, 74 wounded), after guards believed they were about to be attacked by the prisoners.’

The Featherston gardens are located opposite the Railway Museum.

A visit to the Railway is most worthwhile.

The Featherston War Memorial has great presence in the town.

The Featherston Hotel greets you when you enter the town from the south.

Featherston is well represented with the major denominations.



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course