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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  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 3 Aug 2019 11:00AM / Family Entertainment
    We recommend visitors attend one of our guided tours which provide a complete experience. Here are the tales from antiquity that explain the rise of civilization and the origin of many of our beliefs. Private and group ... more
  • Kokomai Creative Festival, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 20 Oct 2019 9:00AM / Classical Music
    Thanks to our friends at REAP, we are able to run another inspirational Kokomai programme for Wairarapa school children. Dare to dream... you are the artists, musicians, acrobats, dancers and writers of Aotearoa’s ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 4:00PM / Dance
    The Geraldine Inder School of Dance and drama proudly presents their own version of the classic Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Perfect for the whole family to come and join the memorable story where ... more
  • The Hub, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 10:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Warehouse Clearance Sale at the Merino Kids Greytown Showroom! - 1 day only - Samples, seconds and clearance items at hugely discounted prices It is the perfect time to get summer ready and tick off some of that ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 1 Nov 2019 5:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    This November the Pleiades Cluster – Matariki – rises in the evening sky. The weekend will be structured to provide opportunities for two nights of observation (Friday and Saturday), with the Saturday available to ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 31 Oct 2019 6:00PM / Museums
    Guest Speaker: Professor Chris Gallavin, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University of NZ After Dinner Auction Art by: Esther Bunning, Helene Carroll, Ian Chapman, ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 11:30AM / Business & Professional
    Professionals Patrick & Scott Ltd present their biannual fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation with this years special guest speaker - Lisa O'Neill! Proceeds from this event are donated directly to the Child Cancer ... more
  • Masterton Arts Quarter, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    3rd annual BLOCK PARTY, on the Saturday of Labour Day weekend. Art, games, tours, food, live music on 3 stages. FREE happenings around the Masterton Arts Quarter, our CBD block, and Queen Elizabeth Park. "LIKE" ... more
  • Kokomai Creative Festival, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 31 Oct 2019 9:00PM / Festivals
    Support Kokomai, the Wairarapa’s Creative Festival, meet like-minded people and get closer to the action. Become a Friend of Kokomai and you’ll receive: - Priority Booking Period for all Festival events before ... more
  • MasterBowl, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 7 Nov 2019 6:30PM / Games, Hobbies
    Calling all Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans – put your knowledge to the test with our wonderful night of quizzical fun and shenanigans. Who is the Vulture? What’s Captain Holts first name? And Where did Jake and Amy get ... more
  • Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 3 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Folk
    We Mavericks Tour NZ - Victoria Vigenser (NZ) and Lindsay Martin (AUS) They're bringing hooky originals, strange stories and incredible energy. Find out why they've been winning hearts across the ditch. Martin’s ... more
  • Kapiti Heliworx, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 6 Oct 2019 9:00AM / Adventure, Extreme
    Fly by Helicopter over the Transmission Gully project, the flight will take you from the Kapiti Coast Airport down through every section of the motorway. See the progress first hand including the diesel and dust. ... more
  • Avalon Park, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Fri 18 Oct 2019 7:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Zirka Circus, New Zealand's household name circus, is proud to bring our sixth tour - Into the Future, and it's more spectacular than ever! Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than ... more
  • The Tin Hut, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 11 Sep 2019 7:30PM / Blues
    Nick Charles At THL, Wed Sept 11. Performing on average 150 shows a year across the world, Nick Charles is known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”. His 30 year career has ... more
  • The Spot, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Mon 14 Oct 2019 3:30PM / Mind & Body
    These classes are designed exclusively for children Age 6-10 years. It's a wonderful way for your child to play games, work through exercises and learn strategies all delivered in a fun and engaging way to help your ... more
  • Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 8 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Literary
    Featherston Booktown, in conjunction with Verb Wellington and Scottish Books International, is excited to present three male poets of world standard. Poets Omar Musa, Michael Pedersen and Dominic Hoey will come together ... more
  • The Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 1 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Literary
    Featherston Booktown is delighted to host UK author, Sarah Moss, in conversation with publisher and South Wairarapa resident, Mary McCallum, about her latest book: Ghost Wall. Sarah writes hard-to-put- down fiction ... more
  • Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 8 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Literary
    Featherston Booktown, in conjunction with Verb Wellington and Scottish Books International, is excited to present three male poets of world standard. Poets Omar Musa, Michael Pedersen and Dominic Hoey will come together ... more
  • Considine Park, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 3:00PM / Fun Runs & Walks
    Its time to show your true colours!!!! Run, walk and dance with colour at our first ever Martinborough Colour fun run! There will be simple obstacle elements to the fun run, no need to train for a marathon! Stick ... more
  • Martinborough Square, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sun 17 Nov 2019 9:30AM / Festivals
    Toast Martinborough 2019 celebrates New Zealand’s most iconic wine region, combining the very best wine, food and music set amongst the vines that inspire it all. The 28th Toast showcases 10 vineyard sites, each ... more
  • The Wine Bank Tasting Rooms, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sun 17 Nov 2019 9:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Toast Martinborough celebrations begin here at The Wine Bank Tasting Rooms in the heart of Martinborough Village - so why not start your day with a delicious brunch of French-inspired savoury & sweet treats served with a ... more
  • Te Kairanga Vineyard, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 16 Nov 2019 11:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Lighthouse Gin is kicking off Toast Martinborough 2019 in style with the Lighthouse Gin Garden Party, back by popular demand for another year. Martinborough’s own craft gin, Lighthouse, is starting the party early ... more
  • Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    This is our most ambitious dinner yet! Chef Adam Newell spent some his formative cooking years in Bordeaux, and has an eternal affection for the outstanding produce and flavours of the region. As well as fantastic ... more
  • Wainuiomata Memorial Hall, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Tue 15 Oct 2019 6:45PM / Fitness
    Ever wanted to try yoga? Then join us for this beginner friendly community yoga class. Local legends Carla & Rosa will lead you through various styles of Yoga, usually only 60 mins long and only $5 per class (cash ... more
  • Riverslea Retreat, Ōtaki, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 25 Oct 2019 5:00PM / Mind & Body
    Young Buddhists Retreat: Mindfulness and the Path to Freedom. We are excited to be hosting our first retreat for young people, set in the beautiful Riverslea Retreat along the Otaki River Gorge. On this three day ... more
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