Visit Feilding, Manawatu, NZ

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  • Feilding is an agricultural service town on the fertile Manawatu Plains, 20 km north of Palmerston North on State Highway 25. The town has been awarded New Zealand’s annual “Most Beautiful Town” award 14 times.

    Fielding’s Edwardian buildings, built in the early decades of the 20th century, help to give the town an elegant atmosphere. The central business district contains many boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.

    Fielding draws visitors from around the region for motor racing at Manfield Park, one of New Zealand’s most established racetracks, and for farm stock sales, held at the historic stockyards near the centre of town.


    Accommodation in Feilding (NZ)

    Feilding has a range of hotels and motels providing a high standard of accommodation within the town. There are also bed & breakfast and home-stay establishments.

    A holiday park at Feilding caters for backpackers and motor camping. There is also a good range of self-contained units and holiday cottages for rent.


    Transport around Feilding

    Feilding is about 15 minutes’ drive from Palmerston North, and 1 hour from the city of Wanganui. Taihape, in the north of the Rangitikei District, at the southern edge of the Central Plateau, is about 1 hour to the north.

    Inter-city coach transport is available to and from most major regional and district. Local bus and taxi services provide transport within the near districts.

    Feilding has a long association with the north-south “main trunk” railway. However, passenger rail services have stopped and re-started intermittently over the past two decades as railway services have been transferred to the private sector. Currently, trains stop at Feilding only during summer months (November to March).

    A small airfield on the outskirts of the town services charter flights.


    Tourist Activities around Feilding

    The gardens and Edwardian heritage buildings of Feilding can be enjoyed along a heritage walking trail through the town. There are also nurseries and gardens to visit in outlying areas.

    Feilding has a number of boutique shops, including art, craft and antique galleries, and a good selection of restaurants, cafes and bars for entertainment. A farmers’ market is held every Friday.

    The Old Coach Museum in the town centre has a large collection of horse-drawn transports from the pioneer period, including gigs, buggies, phaetons and coaches. Displays of antique farming equipment are also shown.

    The Feilding Saleyards are one of New Zealand’s largest facilities for buying and selling farm stock such as sheep, cattle and deer.  The saleyards are at their most exciting during when stock auctions are running. However, guided tours of the facility are interesting at any time.

    The Feilding and Districts Steam Railway Society is a community organisation dedicated to restoring and operating steam railway engines. Engines and engineering facilities are open to the public for viewing.

    Feilding is also home to some private collections of clocks, vintage cars, vintage motorcycles and steam-powered agricultural machinery, all of which can be viewed by appointment.

    A cycling festival is held at Feilding in mid-September each year, which features competitive races and fun rides. The Mansfield Park motor racing circuit hosts amateur and championship race meetings throughout the year.

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