Featherston, New Zealand

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Fitzherbert Street in Featherston
Fitzherbert Street in Featherston
Featherston is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 41°7′S 175°19′E / 41.117°S 175.317°E / -41.117; 175.317Coordinates: 41°7′S 175°19′E / 41.117°S 175.317°E / -41.117; 175.317
Country  New Zealand
Region Wellington
Territorial authority South Wairarapa District
Ward Featherston
Founded 1856
Named for Isaac Featherston
 • Total 2,340
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode 5710
Area code(s) 06

Featherston (Maori: Kaiwaewae) is a town in the north of the Wellington Region of New Zealand. It lies in the Wairarapa, just north of the Rimutaka Tunnel, in the South Wairarapa District. The population was 2,340 in the 2006 Census.

The town is on the eastern side of the Rimutaka Range close to the northern shore of Lake Wairarapa. It is 37 km (23 mi) south-west of Masterton and 63 km (39 mi) north-east of Wellington.


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.

Recreation and sport[edit]

Featherston houses the world's only surviving Fell locomotive engine in the Fell Engine Museum.[1] A popular local walking track leads to the summit of One Tree Hill (not to be confused with the One Tree Hill in Auckland). More information on town reserves and walks is available from the [2] Featherston Walkways and Reserves Trust.

Featherston has various sporting clubs including the rugby union football club, a hockey club,[3] athletics club, swimming club, football club and an indoor sports complex which hosts various activities such as badminton, gymnastic clubs and a well running wrestling club amongst others.


There are two primary schools within Featherston; St. Teresa's School and Featherston School. Kahutara Primary [4] and South Featherston School [5] are nearby. Featherston once had a secondary school (Featherston District High School) that closed in the mid 1960s.

Sister cities[edit]

Featherston is twinned with the Belgian city of Mesen.

Notable people[edit]

  • Robert Algie, a wrestler from Featherston. He won a silver medal in the heavy-weight division at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in 1986, and gold medals at the Oceania Champs in Brisbane in 1981, and Auckland in 1986. Algie placed 12th at the World Championships in France in 1987
  • Henry Bunny (1822–1891), MP representing the Wairarapa electorate 1865–1881


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