Foxton – A Quaint & Historic Town

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Foxton was originally the Maori settlement of Te Awahaou. However, in 1877 it was renamed Foxton in honour of Premier Williams Fox. If you are passing by on State Highway 1, stop and visit the town.

Foxton - A Quaint & Historic Town
Foxton – A Quaint & Historic Town

Holben Parade Reserve

We found the Holben Street Reserve was the ideal place to park while we walked along the Manawatu Estuary. Additionally, the Reserve also consists of a pond with ducks to feed, bike track for the little people, playground, tennis courts, as well as public toilets. It’s an ideal spot if you’re got the kids or grandchildren with you.

Holben Parade Reserve
Holben Parade Reserve

Manawatu Estuary (Sunset Walkway)

The Manawatu Estuary is a wetland of international importance. It has one of the most diverse ranges of birds in New Zealand. Subsequently, around 95 species have been identified at the Estuary. It lies at the mouth of the Manawatu River. The Estuary is looked after by the Manawatu Estuary Trust.

Manawatu Estuary
Manawatu Estuary

We found an alternative starting point at the Manawatu Marine Boat Club. Either starting point is okay. However, wherever you parked is where you need to walk back to. About halfway along the walk is a viewing platform.

Manawatu Estuary
Manawatu Estuary

The walk is flat so is suitable for those with accessibility issues. However, at one point, there is a barrier which would be difficult for a mobility scooter or twin stroller. Otherwise, bring a picnic and enjoy the walk.

On a windy day, bring a jacket. The wind can get quite cold, however the walk and views are worth it.

Manawatu Estuary
Manawatu Estuary

Howard Teppett Memorial Rose Garden

We found this beautiful Rose Garden near the north end of the shops. However, it was nearing the end of the blooming season. We would love to return when the roses are in full bloom. We can imagine how stunning the garden would look in full bloom.

Howard Teppett Memorial Rose Garden
Howard Teppett Memorial Rose Garden

Sadly, there’s a reason why it’s a memorial garden. Dr Howard Teppett was a popular and well-liked resident of Foxton. Unfortunately, he was killed during a home invasion in October 1993. The Foxton Rotary Club sponsored the formation and establishment of the Howard Teppett Memorial Rose Garden.

Within the garden rests a stone plinth and foundation stone commemorating the life of Dr Howard Teppett. What a lovely memorial garden.

Howard Teppett Memorial Rose Garden
Howard Teppett Memorial Rose Garden

De Molen Foxton Windmill

The De Molen Windmill is a full size operational 17th century replica Dutch Windmill. Click here to view our De Molen blog post. Hopefully, it will be open when you visit. Otherwise, you can visit on your next trip.

De Molen Windmill
De Molen Windmill

Seaview Gardens

Walking south down the main street, we found the Seaview Gardens. The elevated historic gardens includes a walkway to the landmark working water tower. Apparently the water tower is lit up at night. However, we were not in town at night to see this.

Seaview Gardens, Foxton
Seaview Gardens, Foxton

We had excellent views from the viewing platform that overlooks Foxton. It was nice to sit down, have a rest and watch the traffic.

Seaview Gardens, Foxton
Seaview Gardens, Foxton

Foxton Little Theatre

The Little Theatre is housed in the oldest building still in use today. It was built in 1867 by George Nye as the Presbyterian Church. The Little Theatre purchased the building in 1970. It’s a lovely old building.

Foxton Little Theatre
Foxton Little Theatre

All Saints Anglican Church

This early English style church was built in 1876 on land purchased from the Maori. While walking around this historic building we found a small grave. It’s inscription ‘A young Maori named Pationa son of a High Chief Taratoa’. Apparently, the purchase of the land included that Pationa’s grave be forever respected. Fortunately, the Church is honouring that agreement. Another lovely example of an historic building.

Foxton Little Theatre
Foxton Little Theatre

Foxton Cemetery

With records dating back to 1867 this Cemetery is the district’s oldest cemetery. We found that the oldest burial recorded is William Loudon – 01 Oct 1867, aged 62 years.

Foxton Cemetery
Foxton Cemetery

Earlier burials include Jessie (Aug 68, aged 21) and Mary (Nov 69, aged 26) Duncan. Additionally, there are also Frances (Mar 69, aged 2) and James (Nov 70, aged 1).

Foxton Cemetery
Foxton Cemetery

Surprisingly, there is a small Mausoleum for the Easton Family.

Easton Family Mausoleum
Easton Family Mausoleum

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