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
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 Belvedere Road. Tariff: tent/non-power/power site 1 person $20, 2 pers... (more)
Hoeke Lodge - Accommodation in Carrington New Zealand
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-minute drive from Carterton and a 20-minute drive from Pukaha Mount Bruce... (more)
Matador Motel - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
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
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, Clareville Bakery & Cafe and minutes away from Awaiti gardens. Showgrou... (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. The wood burner heats the rooms well. Upstairs is a large op... (more)
The Summit Lodge - Accommodation in Gladstone New Zealand
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-inch TV with satellite channels, a surround sound system and a DVD pla... (more)
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  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 24 Jan 2021 2:00PM / Theatre
    The unforgettable characters from Kenneth Grahame's classic tale spring to life in this adaptation, in true Pantoloon style! This riotous comedy follows Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose insatiable ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 28 Jan 2021 7:30PM / Variety Concerts
    Wunder21 is an all ages showcase of for Wairarapa Youth Talent! Headlined by Talent Wairarapa & Smokefree Rockquest Winner Meg Hunter and guitarist Alex Hartley, supported by local guest artists including Talent ... more
  • Cross Creek Railway, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Mon 18 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    Enjoy the Under the Stars School Holiday Space Trail! A family activity to get you roaming Featherston and exploring space. You will receive a unique code that will access directions on your phone, your trail will ... more
  • Fensham Reserve, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 Dec 2020 10:30AM / Mind & Body
    Are you interested in slowing down a little? To take some time to look after yourself? While the holiday period is a great joy for many, it can also be far from relaxing and rejuvenating. At Wairarapa Nature ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Welcome to Stonehenge Aotearoa! Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered about it? Venture with us beyond Earth! Stonehenge Aotearoa is New Zealand's one and only open air astronomical ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 25 Jul 2020 2:00PM / Education
    Come with us on a journey from Newton’s apple to the edge of the Universe. The Introduction to Astronomy Course covers the basics of astronomy so that when you are looking at the night sky, you’ll know what you ... more
  • Stella Bull Park, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Mon 25 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    Enjoy the Under the Stars School Holiday Space Trail! A family activity to get you roaming Greytown and exploring space. You will receive a unique code that will access directions on your phone, your trail will get ... more
  • The Offering, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 13 Feb 2021 7:00PM / Comedy
    Shakespeare's comedy, performed solo! Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight, is coming to town. Short of money to pay his men, Falstaff attempts to woo Mistress Page and Mistress Ford at the same time. When the wives ... more
  • Solway Showgrounds, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 31 Oct 2020 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    The Wairarapa Farmers' Market is on every Saturday morning from 9 am - 1 pm under the Grandstand and the surrounding area, at the beautiful Solway Showgrounds, Masterton. The market is under the grandstand and outside ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 8 Aug 2020 2:00PM / Education
    Have you ever wanted to reproduce your own amazing shots of the night sky like the Hubble Space Telescope? Have you ever thought about astrophotography but not sure where to start, then this is the course for you. We ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Tue 2 Feb 2021 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    We understand the past year has been a challenging time for business owners. As we head into the New Year, Employsure is here to help with our exclusive HR workshops and we would love to see you there! Why should I ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 12 Feb 2021 9:00AM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    During Friday 12 Feb and Saturday 13 it is Chinese New Year. On this day, Yebo Art Studio opens its doors to visitors (FREE ENTRY). Visitors can enjoy the Art Exhibition, On-site Music and Food. Additionally, there ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 29 Jan 2021 11:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    After the success of the first Wildflower Festival in January 2019, Zelda Bruce, founder and international artist, is reimagining the event “In a field of roses I’m a wildflower” as an exciting collaboration of ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 4 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    Does crystal power intrigue you? Have you ever wondered how to utilise their amazing power? Learn the basics and start or expand your crystal journey. This workshop will teach you how various crystals have healing ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 29 Jan 2021 8:00PM / Festivals
    The first full moon of 2021 is called the Full Wolf Moon. We are going to dance and pray to the sacred lunar energy accompanied by Moringa dancers and drummers. There will be live piano music and refreshments for guests ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Mon 1 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    Gather a group of ladies together, either at your home, workplace or public place and have a MARTYGIRL slather event for only $20 a head, Adi will come and spend up to two hours with you and your guests, choosing and ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 4 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    This workshop will be given by artist Zelda Bruce. She will lead us through it with relaxing tools like lavender oil, breathing exercises and doodles with oil pastels. This workshop will help you understand how to use ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 6 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Education
    In this workshop, you can learn about the techniques used to paint on ceramics, and how to glaze them to preserve the paint and make it shine. You can take your Ceramic Flower home or use it in a Mosaic Workshop later ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 5 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    This day will start with a documentary about Frida Kahlo. Then visitors can follow a workshop to create flowers for hats for the Frida Kahlo contest at the racecourse. The day will end with delicious Mexican food while ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 11 Feb 2021 9:00AM / Education
    Available workshops: 10am-12pm Create a Dream: Participants will be guided to set their new year goals and how to achieve it. You will create a creative vision board and you will identify specific areas in your life ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Visitors can co-create a Jackson Pollock style painting which will be auctioned as a fundraiser for Life Flight. There will be live music by Grafia and delicious food. Mosaic, sculpting, face painting and kids ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Mon 1 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    Everything in nature holds a specific vibration or information. This is how the flower essences work to reestablish more wellbeing in our life. Curious to know more about this modality and to experience its benefits? ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 6 Feb 2021 12:30PM / Jazz
    RavenMavens duo, trio or quartette, is a fun loving band of talented women dishing up a mess of boogies, blues and ballads, covers and original songs. Delivered with fine musicianship, great vocals and a bit of ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sun 14 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    on Valentine's Day, YEBO Art Studio opens her doors to visitors (FREE ENTRY). Visitors can enjoy Live Music played by Youth Bands from 12:30 pm. This Music will be accompanied by an On-site Food Stall with Yummy ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 6 Feb 2021 9:00AM / Education
    Channel your inner ‘Wildflower Woman’ on this fun and relaxing workshop led by artist Anne Taylor, taking inspiration from Frida Kahlo, New Zealand’s own Pacific Sisters and the Instagram phenomenon ‘Advanced ... more
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