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)
Showing 1 - 22 of 22 events for the next month.
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 10:00AM / Theatre
    Another day dawns in Fairyland. Meanwhile, there is some serious badness going on in the kingdom. The nasty Queen has just been told by the Mirror that she is not the most beautiful in the kingdom anymore! She wants Snow ... 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. Buy locally grown, fresh veges, Wairarapa-produced olive oils, honey and much more. Watch out for our monthly bumper markets too, on the ... more
  • Empire Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Mon 19 Feb 2018 7:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    Our weekly pub quiz is held every Monday. It starts at 7pm and finishes by 9:30pm so it's not too late if you have a train to catch in the morning. It is bought to you by Believe It or Not. While a team of 4 to 6 ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 13 May 2018 7:30PM / Comedy
    America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room. Who’s going to tell him to stop? Where are his parents? A situation like this ... more
  • The Buckhorn Bar & Grill, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 5 May 2018 9:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Twisted are back for a long overdue party at the famous Buckhorn Bar & Grill in Carterton... Tickets are limited so get in quick! No door sales. more
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 25 Apr 2018 8:00PM / Jazz
    The creativity of acclaimed pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of a historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities. Jonathan ... more
  • REAP House, Rangitumau Room, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Tue 15 May 2018 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Masterton 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. ... more
  • YMCA Masterton, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Mon 7 May 2018 8:00AM / Business & Professional
    Please note ticket sales for this course will close one week prior to the course date. Kia Ora, This is an Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) approved practising licence renewal course. Glen ... more
  • Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 May 2018 7:00PM / Blues
    Aratoi & Troubadour Productions present Richard Gilewitz: Fingerstyle guitar acoustic adventurer from USA with support acts: Rimutaka All Star Dixie Swing Band + Bob & Kate. For nearly four decades, American ... more
  • Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 11 May 2018 6:30PM / Festivals
    Join the Booktown crew for this unique Fish 'n' Chips supper at Rose & Smith. This is a sit-down event with an on-site (cash) bar. The after-dinner speaker is acclaimed writer and reviewer Kate De Goldi. Kate writes ... more
  • Kiwi Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 18 May 2018 8:00PM / Blues
    New Zealand’s most exciting and original contemporary blues performer, Darren Watson is touring intimate venues around New Zealand during May to promote his brand new album ‘Too Many Millionaires’. Watson’s ... more
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 13 May 2018 11:00AM / Festivals
    Just how did the city boy, Matt, overcome his terror of making a speech and go on to ‘wow’ his rural audience with this story of a Kiwi wartime hero? In a one-hour workshop for young people packed with props and ... more
  • Featherston Memorial RSA, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 May 2018 2:30PM / Festivals
    South Wairarapa resident, Gerald Hensley, is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished public servants. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1958 and served in Samoa, at the United Nations, the Commonwealth ... more
  • Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 May 2018 6:30PM / Festivals
    Intimate. Real. Anything goes! The New Zealand Book Council’s True Stories Told Live events have been exhilarating and entertaining audiences at sell-out events for the past six years. Writers, artists, musicians, ... more
  • Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Ct, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 26 Apr 2018 7:30PM / Blues
    Julie Lamb is a charting, award winning musician from Wellington. Tonight - showcasing the Awesome Foursome, the JL Outfit share funky pop-rock originals and favourite bluesy covers. “A class act made all the ... more
  • Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 7:00PM / Theatre
    The Star of the new Sensing Murder Series Sue Nicholson presents her Sensational new live show Earth, Life & Beyond. Sue's abilities have been seen on TVNZ's 'Sensing Murder', the 'Good Morning' show and 20/20. Her ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 7:00PM / Comedy
    Kapiti Coast Comedy Presents: Village Improv Show! Join us for an improvised night of comedy celebrating the talent of the Kapiti Coast! This show will feature new talent with our improv students from Paekakariki, ... more
  • Hapai Hall, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Wed 16 May 2018 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Upper Hutt 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. ... more
  • St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 29 Apr 2018 7:00PM / Comedy
    Aiken Hutcheson brings his first ever solo stand up comedy show to his hometown, Paekakariki, the night after its premier season in the NZ International Comedy Festival! Dracula. The Babadook. Slenderman. Are they ... more
  • Kapiti Community Centre, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Thu 17 May 2018 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Kapiti 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 ... more
  • Walter Nash Centre, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 10 May 2018 3:45PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Come and join us for a fun yoga class for children aged 5 to 10 years. Koha donation for entry appreciated. Show us your best downward dog or cat and cow. Or maybe even a new unicorn pose. Sara from Seedling Yoga ... more
  • Avalon Pavillion, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 19 May 2018 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Lower Hutt 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. ... more
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