What to do in Featherston these school holidays!

Featherston is bursting with things to do during the school holidays, there’s no reason to be bored! Loads of places to go for a walk, for a picnic, to explore history, celebrate Matariki or even learn a new skill. Pae Tū Mōkai is the place to be this July!


Wellington Carnival Street Band: 🎺 Join the Wairarapa Library Service as The Carnival Street Band fills the air with infectious rhythms, vibrant melodies, and pure musical joy. Let their energetic tunes transport you to a world of celebration and delight! 🥁🎵🎉

Wednesday 5th July, 10.30am at ANZAC Hall.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Matariki with Moira, a captivating storyteller who will take you on a journey through ancient legends and tales of wonder. Discover the beauty and significance of this celestial event like never before!

Friday 7th July, 10.30am at Featherston Library

Flex those creative muscles! At Fareham Creative Space they have so much going on! Check out their programme below for more details.

Matariki Community Garden Working Bee:

Bring your gardening gloves, trowels, shovels and spades and help us begin to turn this blank canvas into a community garden for all to enjoy!

Learn about kūmara planting from Diane Buckley. Diane has been part of a long standing kūmara growing project here in the Wairarapa and has built up a wealth of knowledge over the years.

There will be a shared morning tea provided by the parish council of St Andrews Church, feel free to bring a plate to share.

Friday 14th July, 10am, 64 Fox Street

Wheels Club: Does your child or teen love skating?

Onboard Skate School, with the support of Fab Feathy and Aroha for Featherston Skate Park want to investigate if the formation of a ‘wheels club’ would be something the rangatahi and tamariki of our town would be interested in 🛹

We invite you to come along to a hui to share your ideas and help establish a wheels club (scooters and skateboards) for our local youth. We’re also on the lookout for older teens to become youth mentors! All kids, teens and parents welcome

Tuesday 11th July, 1pm at Featherston Community Centre

OnBoard Skate School are back in Pae Tū Mōkai for the July School Holidays!

These guys have run skate lessons out of Featherston School earlier this year, scooter competitions at Featherston First Fridays and they are looking to see how they can continue to support our tamariki and rangatahi going forward.

There will be a girls-only workshop (9.30-11am) as well as mixed genders session (11.30-1pm). Suits ages 6+

Matariki: big, beautiful community things are coming! Watch this space for a timetable of events.


Grab some lunch or a sweet treat at Everest Cafe or Brac and Bow. Get a bit fancy and have some delicious afternoon tea at the Dickensian Bookshop and Tearooms.

Picnic time! Take your pick from sushi from The Bento Box, chips from Quinwah or Town and Country, a sandwich from The Baker or a pie from Pioneer and walk to one of our lovely local spots to enjoy your lunch. Our playground, Clifford Square, Dorset Square or Barr Brown Bush are great options (can you find the fairy houses in Barr Brown Bush?)

Museums, libraries and shops:

Explore the worlds only remaining Fell Engine and learn how different life was in Featherston when the Incline was in use 1878 – 1955. The Fell Locomotive Museum: open Saturday and Sunday

Explore the history of the Featherston POW Camp during the World Wars and have a look at the beautiful 1932 Fire Engine at the  Featherston Heritage Museum: open Saturday and Sunday

Visiting our lovely library who have lots of activities on during the school holidays! Our little town also boasts seven bookshops! A particularly good spot for the school holidays is the Chicken and Frog bookshop, full to bursting with beautiful childrens books.

Get outdoors:

Get on your bike and head down to the Windy Wheels Community Bike Track at Featherston School. There’s even a skills track to help increase confidence!

Walk the Featherston Heritage Trail

Head down to the Moana and see how many different types of birds you can spot!

Climb up to the lookout at Lone Pine Hill/Featherston Domain – how far can you see?!  

Visit the new Science Table at Donalds Creek and read all about our native freshwater critters