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 25 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Film
    The original cult classic movie had us all in a mind flip, as we entered the time slip and nothing will ever be the same. So get on those costumes, the weirder the better and come along to an event where you're spaced ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 30 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Film
    Limelight Theatre is proud to announce a short season of Little Acts, featuring two wonderful shows per night. The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard It is a foggy and foreboding day at Muldoon Manor. A game of ... 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
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 17 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Classical Music
    Join the New Zealand String Quartet for a concert of groundbreaking works that have each taken the quartet genre in new directions. Mozart’s String Quartet in C, K465, acquired the nickname “Dissonance” several ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 31 Aug 2018 8:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Come and see Wairarapa's lovely brides at the 49th Bride of the Year Contest. The event is presented by Masterton Plunket and includes supper. The contest gives brides, who were married during the past year, the ... more
  • Rathkeale College, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 18 Aug 2018 2:30PM / Variety Concerts
    With legendary saxophone player Alex Nyman and brilliant pianist Thomas Nikora. Narrated by well-known local humorist Michael Wilson as emcee. "Cole Porter was one of the most important composers of the 20th century." - ... more
  • Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Wed 5 Sep 2018 2:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Aratoi Lecture Series: A short history of New Zealand Art Join Dr Pamela Nunn on her inspiring journey through NZ Art History with a special focus on works from the Aratoi collection. 1. The Art of Encounter  ... more
  • Eco Lodge, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 29 Jul 2018 4:00PM / Education
    This is a hands-on workshop. Participants will: - Make and take home 3 different jars of fermented vegetables. - Get to taste a variety of fermented foods and sourdough bread. - Be provided with starters, a ... more
  • Walter Nash Centre, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Wed 15 Aug 2018 6:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Got a hidden talent you'd like to showcase on the big stage? Hutt's Got Talent is your moment to shine. Come to one of the four heats and show us what you've got. Want to enter an act? Register at ... more
  • The Tin Hut, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 2 May 2018 7:30PM / Blues
    The Verandah Band from 9.00pm with special guests starting from 7:20pm. Invited musicians and bands play four shorter sets then our featured band plays for seventy minutes (plus encores). The September Tin Hut Live ... more
  • The Tin Hut, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 1 Sep 2018 8:00PM / Jazz
    A big night of Live Jazz with a country blues intro. Featured is The Kahutara Municipal Brass Band from Wellington with warm-up act, Bob and Kate. more
  • Tarureka Estate, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Mon 27 Aug 2018 7:00PM / Literary
    Shaun owns The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown. He is one of the topline national and international authors who will feature in this year’s WORD Christchurch from 29 August — 2 September at The ... 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
  • Wainuiomata Community Hub, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 16 Aug 2018 5:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Got a hidden talent you'd like to showcase on the big stage? Hutt's Got Talent is your moment to shine. Come to one of the four heats and show us what you've got. Want to enter an act? Register at ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 17 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Literary
    YES! International spoken word poetry performer - RikTheMost - is back! After their last strongly supported and super successful St. Peter's show they just had to do another one! They also can't stand to listen to ... more
  • Wainuiomata Community Hub, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Fri 17 Aug 2018 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    At this workshop you’ll watch a puppet show, and then learn to make your own puppets. Bring your puppet to the Hutt Winter Festival on Sat 18 August and be in the Puppet Parade alongside Hutt Winter Festival's Wild ... more
  • Wainuiomata Community Library, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Fri 17 Aug 2018 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Learn how to make a bouquet of ngā puti puti (flowers) using basic harakeke (flax) weaving techniques and traditional methods used by Māori and Polynesians. Limit: 15 participants About the artist: Kody Loretz ... more
  • Southward Theatre, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 18 Aug 2018 2:00PM / Opera
    Book now to farewell the Winter blues and enjoy this heart-warming classic of Comic Opera, the ever-popular masterwork of composer Johann Strauss. Memorable catchy tunes are woven into a plot of subterfuge, mistaken ... more
  • Wainuiomata Community Hub, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 18 Aug 2018 6:30PM / Family Entertainment
    Live Pro Wrestling as NZWPW returns to Wainui. Family entertainment at its best as NZWPWs high flying tag team the Wainui Express return home. 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
  • Kapiti Community Centre, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Mon 10 Sep 2018 5:30PM / Education
    The Commission for Financial Capability is running free seminars about living in retirement villages with support from the Retirement Villages Association and experienced legal practitioners. The seminars focus on ... more
  • Horowhenua District Council, Levin, Horowhenua
    Fri 24 Aug 2018 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Living Workshop - Horowhenua, Levin Through this exciting seminar, you will be inspired, become motivated and take control of your household's impact on our future. What else? You get a free $100 goodie ... more
  • Walter Nash Stadium, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 6 Sep 2018 6:30PM / Rock
    The Rock are proud to Present Devilskin on tour throughout New Zealand during September 2018 Energised and amped DEVILSKIN emerge from Roundhead Recording Studio and look forward to delivering a blistering new set of ... more
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