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Attractions and Activities around Foxton and Levin

With an enviable location just 400m off SH 1 in Foxton, the Celtic Motel offers the benefits of being close to the town centre, yet enjoys the tranquillity of a countryside setting. This is the perfect base for visiting friendly Foxton and exploring the lower west coast of the North Island, including the mighty Horowhenua and the stunning Kapiti Coast regions. It is also an ideal Interisland Ferry stopover.

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Foxton Golf Course

Foxton Golf Course

Guests are welcome on this 18-hole golf course on SH 1, just 1.5km north of Foxton. The course is a par 72 layout for men (5860 yards) and par 73 (5075 yards) for the ladies.

Wind Warrior

Wind Warrior

Check out Wind Warrior @ Foxton Beach offering the following activities:

  • Kite Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle
  • Power Kiting
  • Kite Land Boarding
  • Kite Bugging

For more information visit the website.

Sunset WalkwayFoxton Beach

Foxton Beach and Manawatu River Estuary

Take some time to visit Foxton Beach, just 8km from the motel, for swimming, boating and fishing. Walk along the beach to where the Manawatu River meets the Tasman Sea. This estuary is a wetland area of international importance (with RAMSAR status) where many different bird species can be found, including godwits, wrybills and spoonbills.

Sightseeing

Dutch Windmill

'De Molen' Dutch Windmill

At the south end of Main Street in Foxton is a full-size working 17th century Dutch windmill. The windmill is also the local information centre. Open 7 days a week, admission to the ground floor is free and tours are also available. The shop has stoneground flours, souvenirs and imported Dutch foodstuffs.

Flax Stripper Museum

Flax Stripper Museum

The only working flax stripping museum in the world, this is an excellent opportunity to look at the processes and products that were a vital part of Foxton's development. Located at the south end of Main Street behind the Dutch Windmill.

Whare Manaaki Maori Workshop

Whare Manaaki Maori Workshop

In a building behind the Dutch Windmill, located at the south end of Main Street, Whare Manaaki is a studio and gallery promoting local Maori history and art. As well as displays of traditional and contemporary art, there are demonstrations of weaving and carving. Open weekends 10am-3pm.

Horse-Drawn Tram

Horse-Drawn Tram

Located at the Dutch Oven on Main Street near the Dutch Windmill, scenic and educational trips are offered through the historic streets of Foxton. The tram usually operates on Sundays, but can be booked for groups by arrangement.

Audio Visual Museum

Audio Visual Museum

At the northern end of Main Street, this museum houses an extensive collection of audio and visual equipment. The museum is usually open weekend afternoons and may also be booked for private tours.

Shannon

Shannon

Mangahao White Water Park is a world class venue and a great place to watch kayakers rodeo kayaking or 'hot dogging' during competitions. The area, located below the Mangahao Power Station at Shannon, has been transformed into a community based nature reserve with a world class kayaking facility.

Shopping

The Dutch OvenThe Dutch Oven

The Dutch Oven

De Molen (The Dutch Windmill), operated by the Foxton Windmill Trust, would like to announce The Dutch Oven bakery and café situated right next to the windmill in Main Street Foxton. Our range of stone ground flours (rye, organic wholemeal and gluten-free maize meal) are all at De Molen and are used at The Dutch Oven. Come and try our wonderful selection of traditional Dutch breads, sandwiches, cakes... all baked and cooked onsite. A wonderful menu for lunches and daily specials to tantalise your taste buds. Grab a Caffe L'affare coffee and cake if you are in a hurry or relax and dine in.

Goldie's Junk 'n Disorderly

Goldie's Junk 'n Disorderly

Goldies Junk 'n Disorderly is located at the northern end of Main Street in Foxton, New Zealand and offers an eclectic mix of antiques and collectables. Two shop fronts filled with items gives quite a bit to browse through. Inside you'll find glass, ceramics, china, pottery, books, LPs, furniture, copper, brass, kitchenware, and general bric-a-brac. There are also some out of the ordinary one off items to be found.

New World Foxton

New World Foxton

Only a 4-minute drive away from Celtic Motel is New World Foxton, open 7 days a week, located cnr Main Street and Whyte Street in Foxton.

Shannon

Shannon

Take a 10-minute drive to Shannon for a unique boutique shopping experience, in particular look out for the Oosh Shop with their funky and affordable collections.

Dining

The Little White Rabbit

The Little White Rabbit

The Little White Rabbit, located on Seabury Avenue Foxton Beach, is locally owned and operated by Nigel and Anita. Nigel returning from his years in Melbourne to bring something unique to the area. Their focus is on healthy, indulgent, local and seasonal produce so expect to see local brands on the menu.

Simply Balmy

Simply Balmy

Simply Balmy, located at Foxton Beach, provides a fantastic venue for you to meet with your family and friends for food and drinks. It is perfect for relaxing in the sun while you enjoy your meal during summer, the indoor seating allows for an enjoyable venue during winter.

The Vines Cafe

The Vines Café

Situated just a 7-minute walk from Celtic Motel, on the corner of State Highway 1 and Purcell Street, The Vines Café is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays). Offering food and coffee to-go, café, Friday evening dining, functions, fully licensed.

Foxton RSA

Foxton RSA

The Foxton RSA, located on 1 Easton Street, offers a restaurant providing reasonably priced quality meals. The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday - Saturday.

Milky Whey Cafe

Milky Whey Café

Foxton and Foxton Beach offer a number of cafés, along with takeaways, from great fish and chips to Chinese and pizza's.

The Milky Whey Café, on Main Street, is open 7 days a week and offers great coffee and other drinks, cakes, donuts, muffins, etc.

Nearby

Waitarere

Waitarere

Waitarere is a 10-minute drive south of Foxton and is known for its Great Forest Marathon Events.

Wellington

Wellington

Foxton is located on SH 1 and it is just a 12-minute drive (17km) south to Levin. Or make your way further south on a 90-minute drive (112km) to the capital city, Wellington, along one of New Zealand's most picturesque coastlines that stretches from Foxton to Paekakariki.

Palmerston North

Palmerston North

Palmerston North is only a 30-minute drive (54km) from Foxton. Palmerston North has plenty of shops, restaurants and of course the airport. Not only does Air New Zealand fly from Palmy, so does Jet Star.