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The 2013 population for Featherston is 2,250, with a population density of 7.09 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Featherston is located in the northern part of the South Wairarapa District Council area, and is bounded by the locality of Kahutara.

Name origin

Featherston is named after Isaac Featherston, first Superintendent of Wellington Province. It was originally known as Burlings.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s. The township of Featherston was established in 1857, although population was minimal until the railway line opened in the late 1870s, prompting growth during the late 1800s and early 1900s. A military camp operated at Featherston during WWI, then becoming a Prisoner of War camp during WWII. Population growth occurred from the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2013, largely due to a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Featherston is a township area, with residential, commercial and industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Featherston Domain, Fell Locomotive Museum, Mainly Military Museum, Featherston Heritage Museum, Alexander Park, Card Reserve, Clifford Square Reserve, Dorset Square, Market Reserve, Randolf Park, Featherston Pool and two schools.