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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Belfry Villa - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
9.70 18 Reviews
Carterton
063798289
Belfry Villa is located only a ten minute stroll from the centre of Carterton, down a quiet no exit street. Featuring three luxury suites this villa has been recently restored to combine modern comforts with heritage character, providing a relaxed environment for guests to enjoy. Each r... (more)
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)
Clareville Quarters - Accommodation in Clareville New Zealand
9.80 12 Reviews
Clareville
We have two properties available for a wonderful break away in Carterton. 100 year old cottage once used as the old shear's quarters,step back in time and enjoy yesteryear. Rustic and romantic, also available is a one bedroom villa with all the mod cons.(MAIN PIC) ... (more)
Fairweather Holiday Cottage Carterton - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
10.00 2 Reviews
Carterton
Fairweather Holiday Cottage is a charming one bedroom character cottage with native timbers and ornate plaster ceilings, pretty furnishings and a homely feeling. The cottage is fully self contained and perfect for one or two guests. The cottage garden is a developing blend of New Zealan... (more)
Gladstone Vineyard - Accommodation in Gladstone New Zealand
9.60 9 Reviews
Gladstone
063798563
Vineyard Retreat The Gladstone Vineyard Retreat is beautifully appointed self-catering accommodation set above the old winery overlooking the vines. The retreat offers accommodation for two people. The queen-size bed, fully fitted kitchen, separate sitting area, wood burner, SkyTV, D... (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)
Hokimai - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
10.00 6 Reviews
Carterton
0273269107
Beautiful spacious renovated heritage house. Great place for families and groups of friends to escape, relax and have fun together in lovely surroundings. Five bedrooms. Sleeps up to 12 people. Three Queen beds. Two King beds that can be four singles when split. Suitable for children. F... (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)
Nellies Cottage - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
9.50 8 Reviews
Carterton, Carterton
063796963
The cozy, self contained cottage is set on a 5 acre property in a pleasant garden setting in Carterton, Wairarapa. Sleeps maximum 4 people One double bedroom King size  bed can be converted into twin beds Fold out futon in lounge for two people Complimentary tea and coffee pr... (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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  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 21 Jul 2018 7:30PM / Fashion
    The only upcycled fashion awards event in New Zealand We are passionate about making these sustainable Fashion Awards a successful national sustainable Event, and are delighted to again welcome our partner sponsor, ... more
  • Memorial Square, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 14 Jan 2018 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Carterton Farmers' Market is a Sunday market held in the centre of the town from 9am in Memorial Square. Night Market on 16th June from 4pm at Carterton Events Centre! Buy locally grown, fresh veges, ... more
  • Empire Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Mon 19 Feb 2018 7:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    Our weekly pub quiz is held every Monday. It starts at 7pm and finishes by 9:30pm so it's not too late if you have a train to catch in the morning. It is bought to you by Believe It or Not. While a team of 4 to 6 ... more
  • Majestic Theatre and Gaiety Hall, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Mon 16 Jul 2018 9:30AM / Musicals
    School holiday fun! If you love performing already or would just love to develop more confidence, then this 3-day workshop is for you! Singing, dancing, movement and stagecraft are all included in this fun, ... more
  • Wairarapa College, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 6 Jul 2018 7:00PM / Mind & Body
    With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2’s award winning series ‘Sensing Murder’, Kelvin has literally been swamped with people wanting to see him. Passing on messages from people who have died and ... more
  • Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 15 Jul 2018 4:00PM / Music Festivals
    Aratoi & Grafia present Sarah Dill & Jhan Lindsay, two singer-songwriters at NZ Pacific Studio. Sarah Dill: http://www.sarahdillmusic.com/ Jhan Lindsay: http://www.jhanlindsay.com/ Doors open 3.30pm. Tickets $10 ... more
  • Trust House Theatre, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 29 Jun 2018 7:00PM / Theatre
    This quintessential Kiwi classic chronicles the friendship between a 12-year-old boy and the wild-limbed Firpo. Through the boy's eyes, we see the wonder of life on a perfect beach, in a perfect 1930s New Zealand, ... more
  • Wainuiomata Memorial Hall, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Tue 1 May 2018 6:45PM / Mind & Body
    Ever wanted to try yoga? Then join us for this beginner friendly community yoga class. Hutt City Council's Yoga Flavours is teaming up with Spiritual Graffiti Yoga who will lead you through a relaxing 60 mins of yoga. ... more
  • Naenae Bowling Club, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Wed 27 Jun 2018 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    Learn the Magic Behind Running a successful Business while also creating a simple 90 Day Action Plan for you or your business? Does your business have extra $$$ potential, and you want it now? Got some personal goals ... more
  • Walter Nash Centre, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 3 May 2018 6:15PM / Mind & Body
    Ever wanted to try yoga? Then join us for this beginner friendly community yoga class. Hutt City Council's Yoga Flavours is teaming up with Yoga Time who will lead you through a relaxing 60 mins of yoga. Your first ... more
  • Edible Backyard, Ohau, Horowhenua
    Sat 30 Jun 2018 9:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
    A workshop to boost your pruning confidence. Good pruning = good fruiting Compact, productive trees can happen. Though the best (and simplest) time to make this happen is when trees are young - wild and woolly ... more
  • Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 30 Jun 2018 7:30PM / Music Festivals
    The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre presents Kiwi Legends Tina Cross, Ray Woolf, Paul Ubana Jones, Dennis Marsh, Andrew London and Sam Manzanza, all performing a one night only benefit concert in Kapiti on June 30th. This ... more
  • Cossie Club, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 12 Jul 2018 7:00PM / Rock
    The Rock are proud to present The Feelers 25th Anniversary Tour. Twenty Five years ago James Reid and Hamish Gee formed one of our best-loved bands, The Feelers and started on a journey writing and recording some of the ... more
  • Upper Hutt Pop-Up Library, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sun 15 Jul 2018 1:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Join Anna Bailey from String Bean Puppets for a puppet show about the struggle of native plant species against invasive weeds. Bookings are required, so don't miss out. Ages: all ages The Tree Friends is part of ... more
  • Upper Hutt Pop-Up Library, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Mon 16 Jul 2018 11:00AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Get ready for the ballet and join us for frills and twirls at our ballet-themed craft session. Bookings are required, so don't miss out. Ages: 5+ Ballerina Art Craft is part of Beyond the Page, a literary ... more
  • Upper Hutt Pop-Up Library, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Mon 9 Jul 2018 2:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Have an idea or story you want to tell or show? Fancy publishing your own book or magazine? Zines are handmade magazines that can be made by everyone. Come along to our Zine session to find out about Zines, and express ... more
  • Upper Hutt Pop-Up Library, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Fri 20 Jul 2018 11:00AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Whether you're new to comics or an expert, explore the joys of sequential art with Sarah Laing. Bookings are required, so don't miss out. Ages: 10-13 Comics with Sarah Laing is part of Beyond the Page, a ... more
  • HAPAI Building, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 7 Jul 2018 11:00AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Love writing? Learn how to shape a powerful piece of writing and find a unique character voice to express it with NZ writer and author Mandy Hager. Registration required, so don't miss out. Ages: 10-13 Writing ... more
  • HAPAI Building, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 14 Jul 2018 10:30AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Hear young author Ben Spies talk about his journey to publish books independently - and he'll teach you how to create, publish, and bind your own book. Bookings are required, so don't miss out. Ages: 7-12 Create ... more
  • HAPAI Building, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 7 Jul 2018 11:00AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Learn how to write ten-minute plays with local playwright Graeme Knowles and local crime thriller author Cat Connor. Be prepared to laugh, have fun, and get involved while we guide you on a journey that uses playwriting ... more
  • HAPAI Building, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Tue 17 Jul 2018 2:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a Robot? Come and meet Blue the fully automated humanoid robot. Blue responds to your questions, follows commands, and even dances. Can you spin a Shero? Have a go ... more
  • Waikanae Public Library, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
    Mon 16 Jul 2018 10:30AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Join author/illustrator Paul Beavis for an illustration workshop like no other! Learn how to draw Mrs Mo’s Monster and as well as your own unique creation. Age: 7-10 Unleash your inner monster is part of Beyond ... more
  • Waikanae Public Library, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
    Thu 19 Jul 2018 1:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Legendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer Leading Guest Artist for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, introduces some of the much-loved stories of the ballet that have inspired generations of dancers and audiences around ... more
  • Otaki Public Library, Otaki, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 20 Jul 2018 10:30AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a Robot? Come and meet Blue the fully automated humanoid robot. Blue responds to your questions, follows commands, and even dances. Can you spin a Shero? Have a go ... more
  • Otaki Public Library, Otaki, Kapiti Coast
    Tue 17 Jul 2018 2:30PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    The Session starts with a rhythmical warm-up (physical/mental), preparing for a fun-filled introduction to- and exploration of a wide range of authentic/professional percussion instruments. Depending on the age, talent ... more
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