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)
Showing 1 - 17 of 17 events for the next month.
  • 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
    Fri 11 Jan 2019 10:00AM / Musicals
    Prince Fergus is about to be crowned king since his father is stepping down to concentrate on his dancing, but the king's evil sister has a plan to steal the throne for herself and puts a spell on Fergus turning him a ... more
  • StoneCutter Vineyard, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 8 Dec 2018 11:30AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    A fantastic experience for the novice and aficionado alike.StoneCutter Estate's WineTricks' Wine Tour is based in the vineyard itself and includes behind-the-scenes insights on grape growing and wine making in ... more
  • Event Cinemas Coastlands, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 14 Dec 2018 6:30PM / Film
    Launched in 2011, this nomadic film festival showcases the digital storytelling by students and lifelong learners from around the world. The 7th annual Travelling Shorts Film Festival will take place in on the Kapiti ... more
  • El Rancho, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 14 Dec 2018 3:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Welcome back to Inflatable Kingdom 2018 – Quiet Edition This year we are hosting the initiative for a quiet hour. The bright lights and lots of sound can be overwhelming for some people and cause a sensory overload, ... more
  • El Rancho, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 14 Dec 2018 6:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Welcome back to Inflatable Kingdom 2018 – Glow Edition We are hosting a Glow Night on Friday 14th December 6pm to 9pm at El Rancho. This will be an evening of Dimmed lights, party music, disco lighting, and free ... more
  • Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 11 Jan 2019 3:00PM / Country
    Bevan Gardiner of John Denver Tribute fame to headline the 2019 Wairarapa Country Music Festival alongside Marian Burns from 11 - 13 January 2019. This country music festival is becoming recognised as a weekend full ... more
  • El Rancho, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 15 Dec 2018 10:00AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    We are back for Inflatable Kingdom 2018. The Inflatable Kingdom is back just in time for Christmas, which means this event will be festive for all. El Rancho is our venue this year. As one of the largest indoor ... more
  • Longwood, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 13 Jan 2019 4:30PM / Public Talks & Tours
    A series of monthly talks, by people of standing in various creative endeavours, held at Longwood Estate and hosted by our fabulous Friends of Kokomai. A public talk given by an exceptionally talented costume ... more
  • Wainuiomata Water Collection Area, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sun 16 Dec 2018 8:45AM / Fun Runs & Walks
    Bookings essential. Moderate to Advanced fitness required. Max 15 people. Children 10 years and above who have moderate to advanced fitness are welcome. Immerse yourself in one of the most significant lowland ... 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
  • Arthouses Studio, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Wed 19 Dec 2018 10:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Your opportunity to view and purchase Nalene's pottery, before they go to galleries. Her pieces range from the ridiculous to the sublime, from usable objects to highly sculptural pieces. Something for everyone. Come ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 21 Dec 2018 7:00PM / Circus
    The Wandering Circus is a band of super-talented performers from around the world - all experts in their arts - who have joined forces; travelling together and putting on sold out shows all over NZ for the past two ... more
  • Lindale, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 12 Jan 2019 6:00PM / Blues
    The Second Annual Barnyard Session in this intimate and atmospheric (if the lingering aroma of several decades of farm animal habitation can be described so), under-utilised and spruced-up-for-the-occasion venue. We ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 22 Dec 2018 6:00PM / Blues
    Back by popular demand and supported by the amazing singer songwriter Annette Esquenet, Tim L Brown and the world famous Carramello's are back at Paekakariki for a pre Christmas event that they will be cutting loose at, ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 13 Jan 2019 7:30PM / Alternative, Indie
    Canada's legendary Jane Siberry finally returns to Aotearoa and Paekakariki for a solo show. Iconic and enigmatic, Jane Siberry is one of music’s most unique and gifted singer-songwriters. Blessed with a sincere ... more
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