Carterton is just 10kms south of Masterton on state highway 2 and could be deemed an outer suburb of the Wairarapa capital city. Carterton is a small town but the community is not lacking in services.

Carterton also has a historic Anglican Church and one of the 10 introduced trees in New Zealand that carries heritage status.

The township of Carterton is stretched over 2 kms and when visiting multiple stops are necessary.

Carterton was founded in 1857. Originally known as Three Mile Bush, and served as housing for workers building the road between Wellington and Masterton. It was later renamed after Charles Rooking Carter.

The town describes itself as New Zealand's daffodil  capital, holding a Daffodil Festival each year on the second Sunday in September.

Cartertonís other key distinction is to  be the first place in the world with a transsexual mayor Georgina Beyer. Georgina went on to become the MP for Wairarapa.

The Township has two hotels, one of which has heritage status, a number of churches, of which the Anglican is a stand out.

The Carterton War Memorial is located in the main cbd area.

The Museum is located on the southern end of the township, is open seven days and is definitely worth a look.

Allow a number of hours to soak up the atmosphere of a proud community.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course