Te Awahou



NZ Lifestyle Magazine Group


Visitors from the south first see Foxton's massive, and not entirely attractive, water tower. Hopefully, they quickly spot the intriguing circling blades of the replica 17th-century Dutch windmill closeby and are intrigued enough to turn off to discover what may be one of the country's most under-rated small towns. Soda-loving New Zealanders will know it for Foxton Fizz (made here since 1918 and only recently moved to Auckland). But there's a lot more going on one block back from SH1. Foxton is big on its history — including its Māori and Dutch heritage (see page 70), and its now-vanished flax industry. All this and more is celebrated and remembered in the Riverside Cultural Park, centred around that visible, unusual-for-New Zealand windmill. Foxton Beach, 7km from the town, has excellent cafés, restaurants and what's possibly the best pump track in the country. It also has the Manawatū Estuary, a wetland that's one of the world's most important. It's an ideal destination for beach-lovers, birdwatchers, and wheeled-up youngsters.