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
    Sat 21 Dec 2019 11:00AM / Musicals
    Forget the shopping and come and enjoy the fun and laughter, where all the favourite tunes will be sung in an hour of pure delight! This is the same set that was used in Gilbert's House in Harrow. This one hour ... more
  • Lavender Abbey, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 4 Jan 2020 10:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Pick Your Own Lavender - Our 9th Year Experience the beauty and breathe in the calming aroma of lavender. Bring a picnic, sunhat, kids, camera and enjoy our slice of Provence, right here in Carterton. Multiple Gold ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Discover stargazing at Stonehenge Aotearoa with our astronomers. Learn about New Zealand's unique night sky and legends. Look through our telescopes, ask any questions and enjoy the famous dark night sky in Wairarapa ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 22 Dec 2019 7:00PM / Commemorations, Ceremonies
    Sundown is the time of Solstice -mid-summer in the southern hemisphere, mid-winter in the north. But 2,000 years ago this solstice occurred on December 25th. At Stonehenge Aotearoa, we have put together a special ... more
  • 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
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 4 Jan 2020 7:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    The Chief Astronomer from the Mars Desert Research Station, Peter Detterline is visiting Stonehenge Aotearoa and will give a talk. In the high desert country of Utah in the United States, lies a remote complex of ... 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
  • Paekakariki Bowling Club, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast
    Wed 18 Dec 2019 8:00PM / Comedy
    This is a Charity Comedy Event for seven year old Domanic who has been diagnosed with Leukemia and is currently in Starship Children's Hospital. All proceeds will go towards getting Dom's father and 5 other siblings ... more
  • Edible Backyard, Ohau, Horowhenua
    Mon 13 Jan 2020 9:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Spend your Monday morning hanging out in my garden, and be zen for the rest of the week! Learn good stuff We'll park up under the deck and start with a chat + your burning edible garden questions. Then we'll go for ... more
  • Kāpiti Coast Airport Terminal, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 11 Jan 2020 10:30AM / Festivals
    Air Chathams fabulous 1945 Douglas DC-3, is coming to the Kāpiti Coast Airport for a weekend of scenic flights in January 2020! But this time, ladies and gentlemen, she will be returning in the original NAC (National ... more
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