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