Foxton Tourist & Development Association

The Foxton Tourist & Development Association (FTDA) is an incorporated society run by a small group of passionate Foxton locals. The goals of FTDA are to promote Foxton as a fabulous place to live and play, through tourism and event initiatives, such as the annual  Spring Fling which brings up to 7,000 visitors from far and wide and an annual Quiz Night held in May, in conjunction with Foxton Rotary. The Quiz Night is a fun and entertaining evening which brings young, old, business and townsfolk together in teams to test their general knowledge, with the winning team taking home the Quiz Night Trophy. Contact them by Phone (06) 363 5811 or email

FTDA Management Committee Members:

  • Paul Andrews - President (Membership inquiries)
  • Amanda Jackson - Vice President
  • Amanda Morris-Street - Treasurer
  • Joyce Sewell - Secretary
  • Maynard Johnson - Trustee
  • Ingrid Thompson - Patron

'FTDA After 5pm'ish' Networking Sessions

The Foxton Tourist & Development Association (FTDA) runs a popular business/tourism networking forum from March to November, which gives locals the opportunity to meet, network and collaborate, and hear about new initiatives for the town. New members are always welcome to join these networking sessions.  In addition, the Association works closely with the Horowhenua District Council, the Foxton Community Board and other interested groups to enhance and promote fabulous Foxton and Foxton Beach as the perfect Horowhenua location.

FTDA Monthly Update 

Friday the 4th of November saw the last FTDA After 5pm'ish event for this year held at the Celtic Motel, Purcell St, Foxton. Thirty two people availed themselves of a sausage-sizzle, finger food and drinks including the popular local Foxton Fizz. A nice balmy early evening allowed people to mix and mingle while discussing business and socializing. Owners Paul & Lesley Andrews told of how, sight unseen, and online they bought the motel and returned from the UK to set up and run the motel in a quiet rural part of Foxton. The clincher in the deal was seeing an online photo showing the motel with calves grazing at the side of the property, and the rural feel that gave, just what they were looking for. Paul, as president of the FTDA, also gave a rundown of the activities involving Foxton folk including the successful Annual Spring Fling. Foxton Wildlife Trust's Dr Bob Hoskins also spoke of the work the Trust does in keeping the River Loop, estuary and foreshore clean and rubbish free and amazed listeners with the amount of rubbish collected weekly.

This is the last After 5pm'ish of the year and the FTDA is looking for businesses especially some of the new ones that help Foxton remain a thriving place to live, to host next year's events. If you or your business is interested in doing so, please contact Paul at the Celtic Motel.

Paul presents Bob Hoskins with his prize at the November FTDA After 5pm'ish event.

Pictured above: Paul presents Bob Hoskins with his prize.