With its museums, antique shops and art gallery, historic Featherston sits amid lush sheep and dairy country en route to the dramatic South Wairarapa coast.

Featherston town is renowned for its Fell Engine Museum, which houses the only Fell engine in the world. Visitors can explore the tranquil Ruamahunga River by canoe, picnic at the historic Tauherenikau Racecourse, or take a picturesque drive along the lakeshore to rugged Cape Palliser, with its historic lighthouse and native seal colony.

Other activities in Featherston include wine, farm and garden tours, 4WD safaris, golfing, birdwatching, horse treks, hunting, mountain biking, rafting and surfing. The surrounding countryside has some excellent walks, including the Rimutaka Walkway.