Welcome to Celtic Motel
Foxton's Quietest Accommodation

Attractions and Activities around Foxton

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 still giving a hint of country. 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.


Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

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Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, our cultural tourism and community facility, offers you museums and exhibitions dedicated to the stories of Te Awahou-Foxton and the people who have connections here. It's also home to our community library.

Dambusters Exhibition

An exciting and inspiring exhibition based on the ‘Dambusters Raid’ which was a combination of scientific genius, technological innovation, skill and heroic courage”.

For more information please click here.

'De Molen' Dutch Windmill

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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.

Active Attractions

Off The Loop

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Off The Loop has created the latest ‘must do’ attraction in the Lower North Island! They offer Cable Wakeboard and Waterski riding at their private lake on their 2 x two tower Topline Cable Systems. Based in Foxton, they have a variety of flat glassy water, ramps and rail slides at their double-laned, purpose built location nestled in the Horowhenua countryside. Something for the whole family and guaranteed to satisfy riders of all skill levels!

Foxton Pools

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The Foxton Pools opened in December 2007 and have become the centre for many aquatic and fitness activities. Learn to swim, aqua fitness, canoe polo, water polo and swim club are just a few programmes which are offered to the public through out the summer months.

Foxton Golf Course

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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

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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 Pump Track

foxton beach pump track opening website - Local ActivitiesThe local council has provided Foxton beach with a pump track facility that offers track circuits for all ages and abilities. This includes a track for children aged two to four years and loops for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. The design allows people to progress from the easy loop to the more difficult ones as they develop their skills, and the asphalt surface accommodates skateboarders and scooters, as well as bikes.

Manawatu River Estuary

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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.

Foxton Beach

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There is something for everyone at Foxton Beach! For the outdoor enthusiast there is plenty to do from fishing, kite boarding, surfing, swimming at the beach, or enjoying the parks and reserves or walkways or cycleways.


Flax Gift Gallery

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Flax Gift Gallery is filled with an extensive range of quality New Zealand gifts that reflect the true flavour of Aotearoa and the Pacific. Quality gifts and art from talented New Zealand artisans, focusing on gifts with a twist - contemporary, quirky and well-designed plus high quality Kiwiana.

Not So Shabby

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Not so Shabby - chalkpaint and accessories and workshops
Deconn Flair - gifts and homeware
Upcycled Nature - driftwood sculptures
Plus baby gear, ladieswear

Fox's Cottage Quilting and Knitting

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Fox’s Cottage Quilting and Wool - Our shop is bursting at the seams with sensational quilting fabrics, rulers, patterns and notions.
We host classes and visiting tutors, hold casual sewing and knitting days.
Open 7 days a week to answer all your questions.
Smiles here are free, and frequent.
We look forward to welcoming you into our haven.

Pioneer Outfitters

Screenshot 2 - Local ActivitiesPioneer Outfitters brings top quality work, casual and outdoor wear to rural and urban Kiwis. We tap into local and overseas importers of iconic brands of clothing and footwear such as Carhartt, Red Wing shoes, Blundstone footwear, Filson outdoor wear and Irish Setter hunting boots to bring you clothing unavailable in other stores.

Pioneer Outfitters now offers the most comprehensive range of these products together in one store here in New Zealand. We offer our visitors a complete experience for clothing and footwear along with some of the best brands in the world.

Petal and Bee
45500481 284025858899891 5086405042802524160 n - Local ActivitiesPetal & Bee is a grocery store providing nutritious food and plastic-free options to the people of and visitors to the Horowhenua.

A variety of organic, whole or local food plus allergy-free foods, natural skincare and plastic-free homeware

New World

303 - Local ActivitiesOnly 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.


Cafe De Molen

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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 Cafe De Molen. 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.

Sweet Dreams Bakery

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Sweet Dreams Café is a welcome addition to the already humming Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park.  Open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, the café serves their renowned artisan pies and cakes, alongside other freshly baked goods, paninis and toasted sandwiches.

Mrs Nubbs

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

Mrs Nubbs, on Main Street, is open Wednesday - Thursday 7am - 3pm, Friday 7am - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 3pm.

The Little White Rabbit

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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.

Ocean Beach Eatery

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Foxton Beach's newest eatery. Restaurant and garden bar open all day. Family friendly and walk-ins welcome. Multiple private function spaces.

Manawatu Marine Boating Club

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The Manawatu Marine Boating Club welcomes power boats, sail boats, jet skis and other river users. The club has excellent launching facilities and a modern purpose built building.

The Loop Restaurant & Bar

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Welcome to Foxtons latest Bar & Restaurant, located at 1 Easton Street, Foxton (The old RSA). Like the page to keep up with all our latest menu's, functions & specials.


Tel: +64 6 363 5333
Freephone: 0800 20 41 41

29 Purcell Street, Foxton, New Zealand



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