Part of the Wairarapa Valley, near Carterton.
Carterton
Carterton, Wairarapa

By Brenda Anderson

Carterton

Carterton, just over an hour from Wellington, is a hot bed of sculptors, textile artists and painters creating unique works.

Carterton is located in the Wairarapa region, at the heart of the Classic NZ Wine Trail.

Artists are drawn to Carterton for its inspiring landscapes, with the Tararua mountain range to the west, dramatic coastlines to the east, and farmland and grapevines in between.

The Red Moa gallery on the eclectic main street showcases the town’s artistic soul. Check out antique stores, second hand shops and cafes too. An eclectic art trail, the Main Artery, passes through Carterton and showcases the work of local artists.

Established in 1857 to house the workers who built the road from Greytown to Masterton, Carterton is well known for its annual Daffodil Carnival (September) when you can pick armloads of daffodils from a large flower-packed paddock. Every May, Carterton hosts the Oversew Fashion Awards, showcasing fashion design through 'upcycling'.

It's also famouss for having the world's first transsexual Mayor and MP, Georgina Beyer.

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Carterton Holiday Park - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
7.30 1 Reviews
Carterton
063798267
Carterton Holiday Park is a quality park containing 24 power sites, numerous non-power tent sites, 6 self-contained units and 4 standard cabins. It is located in the heart of Wairarapa and the wine district and is 20min away from Martinborough. Carterton Holiday Park is situated at 198 ... (more)
Hoeke Lodge - Accommodation in Carrington New Zealand
9.90 22 Reviews
Carrington
063795926
Located in large woodland, Hoeke Lodge offers free Wi-Fi in all areas and spacious and bright rooms with views of the Wairairapa Valley. The property can organise activities like fishing, canoeing, hiking and cycling for guests. Hoeke Lodge is a 10-minute drive from Paua World, a 12-min... (more)
Matador Motel - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
8.70 6 Reviews
Carterton
063798058
11 fully self-contained units. 2 new access units. Quiet setting. Easy 5 minute walk to town centre. Spanish style architecture. ... (more)
Showground Shack - Accommodation in Clareville New Zealand
9.70 14 Reviews
Clareville
Showground Shack is in a rural setting just minutes away from Carterton and directly opposite the Clareville showgrounds and sports complex.300 meters from State Highway 2 and bus stop. We are also on the bus route for Toast Martinborough. Walking distance to Carterton Golf course, Clar... (more)
The Lodge at the French Village - Accommodation in West Taratahi New Zealand
West Taratahi
063703344
The Lodge at the French Village is set in regenerating native bush, alongside the Mangatarere River. It is a large building and sleeps up to 14 under the same roof. 3 bedrooms have bunks, and there is a queen bed. The large kitchen living room leads out onto a covered courtyard. ... (more)
The Summit Lodge - Accommodation in Gladstone New Zealand
9.80 60 Reviews
Gladstone
063727757
The Summit Lodge offers B&B accommodation with free Wi-Fi access and an 8-seater spa pool set in an enclosed courtyard, open in the summer months. Each room has an iPod docking station and under-floor heating in the bathroom. You can relax in the large guest lounge, which features a 52-... (more)
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  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Discover stargazing at Stonehenge Aotearoa with our astronomers. Learn about New Zealand's unique night sky and legends. Look through our telescopes, ask any questions and enjoy the famous dark night sky in Wairarapa ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Wed 1 Jan 2020 10:00AM / Museums
    Come and watch an 8-minute AV that takes you on a tour of the henge and explains everything, then explore the henge on your own. Helpful staff always available in the Visitors Centre to answer your questions or show you ... more
  • Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 24 Jan 2020 3:00PM / Festivals
    The Wairarapa Country Music Festival at Tauherenikau is fast becoming recognised as a weekend full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. The 2020 festival is set to be the biggest event yet with an epic lineup ... more
  • Martinborough Town Hall, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sun 26 Jan 2020 6:30PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Join world-class flamenco musicians as they explore the limits of flamenco dance, composition and improvisation. Tierra y Mar; flamenco Danza y Guitarra; contrasts tradition and innovation, expression and discipline. ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 31 Jan 2020 8:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Tour around the night sky and become a little familiar with some of the constellations. An instructor will take you for a tour with the laser pointer then follow up with telescope viewing. Talks may be included depending ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 20 Feb 2020 7:00PM / Blues
    A musical jam night led by Grafia, an acronym for "get right away from it all" but involving other local musicians. Grafia is a band of musicians/songwriters who enjoy collaborating in performances, composing and ... more
  • Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 30 Jan 2020 6:30PM / Folk
    Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers. His voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. The musician, singer and songwriter has maintained his highly individual performing ... more
  • Fernside Gardens, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 15 Feb 2020 10:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    For two days only, visit one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and historic gardens as part of a fund-raising event for Greytown Little Theatre’s new theatre development project. The magnificent house and gardens ... more
  • Eco Lodge, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 16 Feb 2020 4:00PM / Mind & Body
    This is a hands-on workshop. Participants will: - make and take home 3 jars of different fermented vegetables. - get to taste a variety of fermented foods, sourdough bread, kombucha and kefir yoghurt. - be provided ... more
  • Edible Backyard, Ohau, Horowhenua
    Mon 27 Jan 2020 9:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Spend your Monday morning hanging out in my garden, and be zen for the rest of the week! Learn good stuff We'll park up under the deck and start with a chat + your burning edible garden questions. Then we'll go for ... more
  • Wainuiomata Memorial Hall, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Tue 28 Jan 2020 6:45PM / Fitness
    Ever wanted to try yoga? Then join us for this beginner friendly community yoga class. Local legends Carla & Rosa will lead you through various styles of Yoga, usually only 60 mins long and only $5 per class (cash ... more
  • Walter Nash Centre, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 16 Jan 2020 6:15PM / Fitness
    Ever wanted to try yoga? Then join us for this beginner friendly community yoga class. Hutt City Council's Active in the Hutt team s is proud to team up with the Walter Nash Centre to bring you through a relaxing 60 ... more
  • Mayfair Cafe, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 22 Feb 2020 7:30PM / Comedy
    One night only! An eclectic collection of Wellington comedians will be bringing their best material in an attempt to sell out... a show. Doors open at 7:00 and the show will kick off at 7:30. We will have six ... more
  • Panhead Brewery, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 22 Feb 2020 2:00PM / Festivals
    Fury At The Brewery 2020. Panhead Custom Ales and Southern Pro Wrestling have joined forces and created the most dominant tag team in New Zealand! What does that mean? Fury At The Brewery! Join us at the Panhead ... more
  • Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 1 Feb 2020 11:00AM / Festivals
    The totally new and unique boutique festival experience of TooT Suite is a sophisticated and enjoyable scene for a discerning audience with an exciting blend of awesome music, wonderful food and all the essential ... more
  • Loco, Ōtaki, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 15 Feb 2020 4:00PM / Folk
    Relax in the gorgeous gardens of LOCO Miniature Trains just North of Otaki, and enjoy local bands The Andrew London Duo, The Legal Tender Duo and guest Wayne Mason. Andrew and Kirsten deliver their trademark repertoire ... more
  • Edible Backyard, Ohau, Horowhenua
    Wed 19 Feb 2020 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    A low key + no frills garden tour! No morning tea. No cup of java. No hang out and chat. Just a straight up tour of the potager, veggie patch, greenhouse and orchard. While we wonder I'll share what I'm up to, the ... more
  • Edible Backyard, Ohau, Horowhenua
    Sat 22 Feb 2020 9:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Come along and check out my summer veggie patch, see my Autumn garden preps and all the things I'm doing to keep a steady flow of kai to our table. Sowing brassicas becomes an important mission from now for our Autumn ... more
  • Southward Theatre, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 15 Feb 2020 7:30PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    THE BOSS is a full production, kick-ass compliment of nine passionate musicians bringing alive the timeless music of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Four years in the making, 'The Boss' is tuned to perfection, ... more
  • The Rotary Lounge, Ōtaki, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 9 Feb 2020 2:00PM / Mind & Body
    HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra, that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of ... more
  • Tuatara Brewery, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 15 Feb 2020 4:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Tuatara Presents Jordan Luck Band Playing all the classic exponents hits and more Tuatara is proud to announce Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band playing all the classic Exponents hits & more on Saturday 15th Feb ... more
  • The Raumati Social Club, Raumati, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 15 Feb 2020 7:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    *The Raumati Social Club concert is an All Ages Licensed venue. Children are welcome!* Marina will be hitting the major Kiwi centres in January and February in support of her highly-anticipated forthcoming album ... more
  • Wainuiomata Recreation Area, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sun 2 Feb 2020 9:00AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Come along to our Old Forest Walk! Get up close and personal with native forest that is over 1,000 years old and home to huge rata and rimu trees! You’ll get to check out our Mainland Island too, an area which has been ... more
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