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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  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 20 Oct 2018 4:00PM / Dance
    The Geraldine Inder School of Dance and drama proudly presents their own version of the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Perfect for the whole family to come and join the memorable story where dance and ... 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
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 18 Aug 2018 11:00AM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    We recommend visitors attend one of our guided tours which provides a complete experience and is tailored to the weather conditions. Ancient history and star-lore is the central theme of our tours which include tales ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Funk
    The Kokomai Creative Festival is proud to be bringing Sex on Toast to the Carterton Events Centre on October 27th 2018. Sex on Toast is an irrepressibly charming organisation that specialises in raw early 80's funk, ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 16 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Dance
    Jacqui Murray School of Dance presents Cabaret 2018. Children of all ages present Cabaret 2018 featuring "Jukebox Songs". All forms of dance performed - Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. Friday ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 17 Nov 2018 6:00PM / Dance
    Jacqui Murray School of Dance presents Cabaret 2018. Children of all ages present Cabaret 2017 featuring "Jukebox Songs". All forms of dance performed - Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. Friday ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 9 Nov 2018 10:00AM / Lifestyle Shows, Expos
    The Home & Interiors home show is essential for all home owners and those looking for inspiration and advice. You will find the best products, solutions, and design ideas with the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the ... more
  • Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sun 21 Oct 2018 2:00PM / R&B, Soul
    Topline Entertainment is proud to present Award-winning Act The Koi Boys. The Koi Boys announce two special home shows. The Koi Boys shot to fame in 2016 after their charismatic appearance on The Voice Australia, ... more
  • Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 2:00PM / Film
    Red sprites are upper atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms that have only recently been documented using low level television. The blink of an eye lasts 250 milliseconds: sprites often only last ... more
  • Majestic Theatre and Gaiety Hall, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 16 Nov 2018 7:30PM / Choir, Vocal Music
    Enjoy a performance of Broadway hits by four of our very talented singers. Featuring Siobhan Choat (nee Connor), Bridget Connor, Mark Richardson and Eilish Carmichael as our very own Broadway stars and under the ... more
  • Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Wed 5 Sep 2018 2:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Join Dr Pamela Nunn on her inspiring journey through NZ Art History with a special focus on works from the Aratoi collection. Wed, 5 Sept, 2pm - The Art of Encounter Wed, 19 Sept, 2pm - European Influences ... more
  • Trust House Recreation Centre, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 3 Nov 2018 9:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Hospice Wairarapa invites you to enjoy "A Touch of Country Christmas" as you tour some of Masterton and Carterton's most beautiful homes and venues. Be inspired by our unique venues to help create your own distinctive ... more
  • South Wairarapa, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 10 Nov 2018 9:30AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    An annual fundraiser for the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, this two-day, self-drive garden tour will feature beautiful and unique gardens from the south and central Wairarapa. This year, Masterton based ... more
  • Kiwi Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 11 Nov 2018 4:00PM / Literary
    In a Featherston Booktown event to mark the centenary of the Armistice, a panel of leading historians will discuss the significance of the year 1918 - and the far-reaching consequences for our country through to the ... more
  • Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Fri 19 Oct 2018 3:00PM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    The 2018 Festival will be our 54th. Come and see what it's all about - play, sing, jam, dance, learn, listen to national and international guest acts, concerts, workshops, dance programme and youth programme ... more
  • Te Kairanga Vineyard, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 17 Nov 2018 11:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Martinborough's own craft gin will be kicking off Toast Weekend with the Lighthouse Gin Garden Party. On Saturday 17 November Lighthouse settles in for an afternoon of G&Ts, brunch, lunch and music in Te Kairanga's shady ... more
  • Wainuioru School, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 4 Nov 2018 10:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    This tour is different...its no rush, its as much about about getting out into the countryside as it is spending time with friends in beautiful inspiring gardens and with lots of extra things at each garden to see and ... 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
  • Horowhenua District Council, Levin, Horowhenua
    Thu 25 Oct 2018 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Levin This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house. You get ... 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
  • Kapiti Playhouse, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 7:30PM / Swing, Big Bands
    Come join me, Kirsten and Nils to celebrate the completion and fledging of our sixth album - this time a selection of all our most-requested (by the band , mostly) swing & jazz standards. Digital copies of 'Standard ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 11 Nov 2018 5:00PM / Theatre
    'Bill Massey's Tourists' has toured New Zealand, to acclaim, over the past four years. This solo play, written and performed by Jan Bolwell, has left audiences weeping and laughing up and down the country. Veteran ... more
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