Featherston, New Zealand
Fitzherbert Street in Featherston
|Territorial authority||South Wairarapa District|
|Named for||Isaac Featherston|
|Population (June 2015 estimate)|
|Time zone||NZST (UTC+12)|
|• Summer (DST)||NZDT (UTC+13)|
Featherston (Maori: Kaiwaewae) is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington Region of New Zealand's North Island. It is at the eastern foothills of Rimutaka Range close to the northern shore of Lake Wairarapa, 63 km (39 mi) north-east of Wellington and 37 km (23 mi) south-west of Masterton.
The town has a population of 2,360 (June 2015 estimate). Featherston has increasingly become a satellite town of Wellington since the Rimutaka rail tunnel opened in 1955; at the 2006 census, 36% of employed Featherston residents worked in the Wellington metro area.
Featherston was originally called Burlings, after the first settler to the area Henry Burling.
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
Featherston houses the world's only surviving Fell locomotive engine in the Fell Engine Museum. 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  Featherston Walkways and Reserves Trust.
Featherston has various sporting clubs including the rugby union football club, a hockey club, athletics club, swimming club, football club and an indoor sports complex which hosts various activities such as badminton, gymnastic clubs and as well running wrestling club amongst others.
There are two primary schools within Featherston; St. Teresa's School and Featherston School. Kahutara Primary  and South Featherston School  are nearby. Featherston once had a secondary school (Featherston District High School) that closed in the mid 1960s.
- 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
- Raised in Featherston Professor Max Abbott, recipient of the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology, and former Chairman of Auckland's Waitamata DHB and president of the World Federation for Mental Health.
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. For urban areas, "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Commuting patterns in Wellington -- Commuting patterns in New Zealand, 1996-2006". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
- "Featherston Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media.