Friendly Feilding has been voted NZ's Most Beautiful Town, 14 times. Housing is affordable, the lifestyle is relaxed and friendly and there are no traffic lights, free parking while you shop with all the benefits of the city just 20kms away.
Feilding is a service town for the surrounding farming district. The Feilding Saleyards have been a vital part of the wider Manawatu community for over 125 years, a unique aspect of the Saleyards is their location in the centre of town. As transport systems improved and farming practices changed, the need for small, local saleyards have all but disappeared, leaving few major selling complexes in New Zealand. Manawatu is a diverse and fertile farming area with high production, high stock-carrying capacity and a stable climate. These factors make Feilding Saleyards a popular medium for many farmers.
Diverse industries relating to agriculture are established in and around Feilding. These include meat and vegetable processing, packaging and exporting, engineering, timber processing and building supplies, soft furnishings and clothing manufacturing. A stable, reliable workforce allows businesses to remain competitive. Many national trading and farm supply businesses have large branches to service this important centre of the agricultural industry. Several large national firms have manufacturing bases here recognising the advantages of setting up in the Manawatu District.
Horticultural industries such as plant nurseries and rose growing take advantage of favourable soil and climate conditions.
The nearest city, Palmerston North has a population of over 82,000 providing extra employment opportunities and easy access to all the city facilities and is only 10 minutes away.
Feilding is well placed geographically, just 2 hour’s drive from most of the southern half of the North Island including Hawkes Bay, Lake Taupo, Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu and Wellington providing a gateway to the South Island.
The temperate climate in the region offers a relaxed living environment and residents in Feilding can choose from a large number of colonial homes both in town and the district and a more modern accommodation in the township.
The main central shopping area in Feilding radiates from Manchester Square. New commercial buildings contrast with our carefully preserved Heritage styles and the broad thoroughfare of Kimbolton Road emphases the overall effect of dignified charm of this rural servicing town. With many owner/operator businesses, the boutique shops offer a uniqueness and variety of choice not seen in the city. The friendly customer service complements the on going upgrading of the central streets recognising the rural and heritage history of Feilding.
Feilding especially is well known for its beautiful, well kept gardens, both private and public giving our town very picturesque surroundings. It is these surroundings that have won Feilding, the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Small Town Award on 14 occasions. The Kimbolton/Apiti area is reknown for its rhododendron gardens attracting thousands of visitors every season. Many heritage homes with beautiful gardens are open to the public to enjoy and garden tours can be organised through the Information Centre.
The Manawatu District has many popular sport and leisure parks of which the largest is Manfeild Park, the home of the internationally recognised Manfeild Autocourse with its 4.5kms race track and indoor Stadium hosting the annual CD Field days, Manawatu Garden Festival & Fireworks Spectacular, the Manawatu and Feilding A&P Shows and many other national and international events focussing on equestrian and agriculture.
Kowhai Park offers flower gardens, walks, aviaries, barbeque and play areas, large native trees and a stream next to its cricket fields. Other parks in communities throughout the Manawatu District cater for all major sports. athletics, cycling and pony club activities.
Amenities such as the Makino Aquatic Centre, mini golf, skateboard park, tennis, bowling, and squash clubs and playing fields give ample opportunity for outdoor enjoyment. The Feilding Golf Club maintains a tournament standard course alongside the Oroua River.
For those looking for a taste of rural life, the Manawatu offers an ideal location for day trips to places of specific historical, geographical or cultural interest. The Country Road Touring Routes brochure offers four touring options around the District, starting from Feilding. The district has many fine walks including Mt Lees Reserve, Deerford Track, Porewa Walk, Branch Rd Walk, Heritage Lodge, Kahikatea, Beehive Creek, Sixtus Lodge, Totara Reserve plus an easy 30 minute walk beside the Makino Stream from Kowahi park to Kitchener Kark in Feilding. For the more adventuresome trampers, the nearby Ruahine Ranges offer walks to suit your level of fitness along with fishing, climbing, canoeing, and `adventure' recreational activities.
There are many pleasant river and swimming sites to enjoy a picnic including London's Ford, Almadale, Vinegar Hill, Menzies Ford and the Pohangina Valley. Feilding and the Manawatu District are the ideal place to bring up a family. The quality lifestyle, lower property prices with generally larger sections attract homebuyers. Long term capital growth compares favourably with our nearby city of Palmerston North. Manawatu District is well served by a number of educational facilities. Feilding has three kindergartens, four primary schools, one intermediate and two secondary schools. Feilding High School is one of the larger co-educational secondary schools in the central North Island, unique in that it runs its own farm. The closeness of Palmerston North city offers easy access and choice of educational facilities such as Massey University, UCOL and single sex school education.