Part of the Wairarapa Valley, near Carterton.
Carterton, Wairarapa

By Brenda Anderson


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
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 Belvedere Road. Tariff: tent/non-power/power site 1 person $20, 2 pers... (more)
Hoeke Lodge - Accommodation in Carrington New Zealand
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-minute drive from Carterton and a 20-minute drive from Pukaha Mount Bruce... (more)
Matador Motel - Accommodation in Carterton New Zealand
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
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, Clareville Bakery & Cafe and minutes away from Awaiti gardens. Showgrou... (more)
The Lodge at the French Village - Accommodation in West Taratahi New Zealand
West Taratahi
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. The wood burner heats the rooms well. Upstairs is a large op... (more)
The Summit Lodge - Accommodation in Gladstone New Zealand
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-inch TV with satellite channels, a surround sound system and a DVD pla... (more)
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  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Welcome to Stonehenge Aotearoa! Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered about it? Venture with us beyond Earth! Stonehenge Aotearoa is New Zealand's one and only open air astronomical ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 4 Oct 2020 2:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Join us for this free event to kick off space week. Hosted by Carterton District Library, Under the Stars, NZ Astrobiology Network and Carterton Events Centre there will be a short talk from Haritina Mogoșanu, ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 8 Oct 2020 6:15PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Like us, you may have multiple Chelsea Winter cookbooks on your shelves at home and we couldn’t be more excited to have teamed up with Hedley Bookshop and their ‘Yarns in Barns’ festival, as well as the Carterton ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 23 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Theatre
    It’s 1998. Otto is twelve but online he’s thirteen and he’s pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives in an old wooden house with his mum, dad, and sister, a chain-smoking Icelandic granny, and an ancient ... more
  • Gladstone Vineyard, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 2:45PM / Literary
    This year, the ever popular Poems on the Vine event features passionate poet, Tim Wilson with poet-painter Rebecca Hawkes who holds NZ Pacific Studio’s Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship, RAK Mason Fellow Jenny Powell reading ... more
  • Greytown Town Hall, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sun 11 Oct 2020 4:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Wellington Chef Monique Fiso is a modern-day food warrior, taking Māori cuisine to the world and breathing new life into the ancient knowledge of foraging and kai Māori through her award-winning restaurant and new book ... more
  • Greytown School, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 15 Oct 2020 5:00PM / Literary
    Journalist Don Farmer shares his experiences as a young boy growing up in a small Wairarapa town in the 1950s, the subject of 'Walking Back to Happiness – A Wairarapa Boy's Story', his first book. Tea, coffee and ... more
  • Cobblestones Museum, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 10:00AM / Festivals
    An unsentimental yet lyrical love letter to the land, in This Farming Life, Tim Saunders shares the joys and the harsh realities of farm life over five generations. Book Cobblestone’s famous morning tea to enjoy ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 3 Oct 2020 8:30PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Landslide is an Auckland based, live 5 piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past 7 years. Covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 9 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Festivals
    Official launch of Yarns in Barns: Wairarapa Festival of Reading by former Prime Minister, Jim Bolger, followed by Jim Bolger in discussion with David Cohen, author of the new book of Bolger’s reminiscences titled ... more
  • Maidstone Park Turf, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 7:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Get your taste buds tingling at UHCF’s first ever craft beer tasting night. ‘Somethings brewing’ promises not to disappoint. You will experience some of the finest ranges of beer from award winning breweries like ... more
  • Mayfair Cafe, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    Saturday Laughs brings some of the country's best stand up comedy right to your doorstep. Our second show at the Mayfair is hosted by James Nokise A 2013 Fred Dagg Comedy Award Nominee and 2 time Billy T Comedy Award ... more
  • Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 7:30PM / Classic Rock
    The Boss is a full production, kick-ass compliment of nine passionate musicians bringing alive the timeless music of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Four years in the making, 'The Boss' is tuned to perfection, ... more
  • Majestic Theatre and Gaiety Hall, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Mon 19 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Comedy
    “He’s good” - TV3 “Very good” - TVNZ “He nails it” - Prime TV Two hit comedy shows, one hilarious night! DJ Trump: See public Trump at a rally AND private Trump in therapy! The Don's had a hard ... more
  • Strang Woolshed, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 1:00PM / Festivals
    In 'Wild at Heart' Miriam Lancewood explores the dangers and delights of a nomadic life. Miriam’s first book 'Woman in the Wilderness' told her story of living for 7 years in the NZ bush with her husband, hunting and ... more
  • Hedleys Bookshop, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Wed 14 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    Join us for an evening among the shelves of Hedleys Books as three of New Zealand’s best novelists chat about their latest work. Award-winning short story writer and Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, Carl Nixon's ... more
  • Masterton District Library, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 3:00PM / Literary
    The Little Doctor Book Launch, the previously unpublished autobiography of Dr Guy Scholefield, author of the first NZ Dictionary of Biography. Launched by Chris Szekely, Chief Librarian, Alexander Turnbull Library. ... more
  • Masterton District Library, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Mon 12 Oct 2020 4:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Author and Pipi chef Alexandra Tylee and NZ Children's Book Award-winning illustrator Giselle Clarkson celebrate the release of their wonderful new cook book for kids, 'Egg & Spoon' with an illustration workshop for kids ... more
  • Paraparaumu College, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 10:30AM / Theatre
    DAPA - Dreams Academy of Performing Arts proudly presents "Wonderland". Our annual Junior Drama and Musical Theatre production. Disappear down the rabbit hole into the whimsical, wacky and wild world of Alice in ... more
  • Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Festivals
    Anthony Byrt talks about Billy Apple, David Hockney and Ann Quin from his new book The Mirror Steamed Over: Love and Pop in London, 1962 in conversation with broadcaster Noelle McCarthy. 'The Spirit of the 60s: The ... more
  • The Tin Hut, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 3 Jun 2020 7:30PM / Blues
    At Tin Hut Live we host local musicians and guest bands from over the hill to the south and from the northwest and east, mostly playing blues, folk, jazz or rock and occasionally Irish,. Opening the October 16 show ... more
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 11:00AM / Festivals
    In his new book 'Searching for Charlie: In Pursuit of the Real Charles Upham VC & Bar' Tom Scott uncovers the true story of the most highly decorated soldier in the Commonwealth forces of WWII, and arguably the bravest ... more
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 1:00PM / Festivals
    Into the Unknown is a personal account of WW1 from the diaries of a Gisborne farm boy, shaped into a gripping narrative by the diarist’s grandson 100 years later. Come at 11am for the first event with Tom Scott, ... more
  • The Garrison Cafe & Bar, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    Saturday Laughs is a two-hour comedy showcase of some top Kiwi talent, right in the heart of Featherston. MC'd by Chris Parker - A Fred Dagg Comedy Award winner, Chris Parker has performed around the country, as well ... more
  • Reddin's - Raumati Village, Raumati, Kapiti Coast
    Sun 27 Sep 2020 7:30PM / Comedy
    No better way to end the week than watching some live stand-up comedy. Cartel Comedy presents Sunday Night Comedy a night of comedy featuring local comedians. MC: Neil Thronton Headliner: Jerome Chandrahasen ... more
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