Feilding is an unusual town. Not only does it spell its name wrong (yes, it really is pronounced Feel-ding, not File-ding); it also feels as if at some point the town decided it wasn’t very nice, so they built a new town centre a block or two away. This is in fact precisely what has happened, on the back of a new regional flood defence scheme, and as a result Feilding now regularly wins the Most Beautiful Town in New Zealand award.
They’ve done a good job, with a pleasing new clocktower, a traffic scheme that (almost) has no traffic lights, and a general feeling of light and space. One or two older buildings could still do with a facelift (or knocking down), but in general the historic buildings have been well preserved and kept in use. Well done, Feilding!