Foxton is a small town 20kms north of Levin. Levin being a young town is a contrast with Foxton that is an ‘old’ town with lots of history. Most good and some bad.
Not that long back the town was becoming known for extreme violence, but this factor is no longer prevalent.
For most travelers it is easy to by-pass this small town, when in fact Foxton deserves a two to three hour stops over. As an example Levin had no museums. Foxton has four. Probably more Museums per head than anywhere.
Foxton was named after Sir William Fox, and has a history of flax stripping, which was used to make rope, baskets and other tools. Other industries associated with the town have included clothing manufacture and sawmilling.
Foxton is the oldest settlement in the southern Manawatu