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
    Wed 27 Feb 2019 8:00PM / Theatre
    Who is the woman in black? Why does she install such terror? These questions will be answered in Limelight Theatre's production of "The Woman in Black". Written for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt and adapted from ... more
  • Longwood, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 24 Feb 2019 4:30PM / Public Talks & Tours
    A series of monthly talks, by people of standing in various creative endeavours, held at Longwood Estate. These are Friends of Kokomai hosted events. Arthur Tompkins Wellington District Court Judge and authority on ... more
  • Eco Lodge, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 24 Feb 2019 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 ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 14 Mar 2019 6:45PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    "Stone Aged Brains in Smart Phone Times: How to Survive & Thrive in the modern world" with Nigel Latta, ONZM, psychologist, author and host of the television show Beyond The Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Guide to ... more
  • Masterton War Memorial Stadium, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 28 Feb 2019 7:45AM / Shearing
    The world's premier shearing and wool handling championship. The three-day event encompasses novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open shearing competitions along with junior, senior and open wool handling events ... more
  • Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Ct, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 22 Dec 2018 9:00AM / Craft & Object Art
    The Mount Felix Tapestry is a community stitch project which commemorates and honours the 27,000 Kiwi soldiers who were treated at the Mt Felix ANZAC hospital at Walton on Thames during WW1, the dedicated doctors and ... more
  • St Andrew's Church Hall, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Wed 13 Feb 2019 6:30PM / Education
    Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs ... more
  • The Tin Hut, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 20 Mar 2019 7:30PM / Blues
    The Flyin' A's are a blues playing duo from Austin Texas. They are making their first visit to NZ and will perform a limited number of shows starting early in March. “This husband-and-wife duo serves up a cool blend ... more
  • Holy Trinity Church, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Mon 4 Feb 2019 7:30PM / Dance Classes
    Scottish Country Dancing is a lively and energetic form of dance in a fun, friendly environment. The dances are made up of traditional steps and easy to learn patterns that will be introduced to you by an experienced ... more
  • Aston Norwood Cafe, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 16 Mar 2019 6:30PM / World
    Enjoy the South African vibe. Dance the night away with friends and family and celebrate all that is South Africa. Includes 3 course meal and first drink. Enjoy South African music and food. Mom skokie leaker salmi. ... more
  • Kaitoke Regional Park, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 9 Mar 2019 9:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Kaitoke Regional Park, Waterworks Road entrance Bookings essential. Max 30 people. High fitness required. Kaitoke Regional Park is a nationally recognised park and a jewel in the crown of our incredible ... more
  • Pakuratahi Forest, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 16 Mar 2019 9:00AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Price per person includes afternoon tea and entry to the Fell Museum in Featherston Booking essential. Good fitness required. Max 40 people. Join a local historian on a long (17km) but straightforward five hour ... more
  • Raumati South Memorial Hall, Raumati, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 1 Mar 2019 6:00PM / Contemporary Art
    'Vault' Art Show will showcase some of the best artistic talent in Kāpiti and beyond for the weekend of 1st - 3rd March. There will be an opening party on Friday 1st March from 6.30pm hosted by Sir Jon Trimmer. Join ... more
  • Ōtaki College, Otaki, Kapiti Coast
    Wed 13 Mar 2019 7:30PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Captivating audiences over 200 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia & Internationally, renowned neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis brings his talk "The Developing Brain" to Otaki. Nathan ... more
  • Edible Backyard, Ohau, Horowhenua
    Sat 9 Mar 2019 4:00PM / Music Festivals
    It’s the highlight of my summer –  the Andrew London Trio at my place, music in the garden! Gather your favourite adults and bring a picnic; wander the summer gardens and enjoy some swinging sounds. The show ... more
  • Kapiti Playhouse, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Wed 6 Mar 2019 7:30PM / Comedy
    REX HAVENS is a college professor who gave up academic life to become a comedian – and what a hugely successful career change it’s been! Thru a mutual friend who introduced Tricia and Stewart Macpherson to Rex he has ... more
  • Nga Purapura, Otaki, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 10 Mar 2019 3:00PM / Dance
    Crows Feet Dance Collective, Wellington region’s unique community dance company for mature women, celebrates its’ 20th anniversary this year with The Witch Project. Jan Bolwell founded Crows Feet in 1999 starting ... more
  • Raumati South Memorial Hall, Raumati, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 10 Mar 2019 2:30PM / Music Festivals
    Highly impressive German Pianist Michael Endres has agreed to open the Mulled Wine Concert programme this year. He performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He graduated from Juilliard School in New York ... more
  • The Raumati Social Club, Raumati, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 8 Mar 2019 8:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    In March 2019, the seemingly tireless Rob Joass will release his 3rd solo album and embark on a tour through New Zealand with a side trip to Sydney. For this show at The Raumati Social Club Rob will be playing with his ... more
  • Wainuiomata Water Collection Area, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sun 3 Mar 2019 9:00AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bookings essential. Moderate fitness required. Maximum 15 people. Please bring: - Suitable walking shoes - Change of shoes/socks (will get wet due to river crossings) - Jacket - Food/water - ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 15 Mar 2019 9:00PM / Hip Hop, Rap
    Falling Valen will be performing with the Comablade clique for the first time ever and some crazy stuff is gonna go down more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 17 Mar 2019 8:00PM / Dub, Roots
    Celebrating the release of their first single 'Advocate', the 7 funky soul-dub doctors of Wellington are coming to a north island town near you for a night of tight grooves, catchy original tunes and taking off your ... more
  • Avalon Park, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 23 Mar 2019 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 4 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something ... more
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