Carterton is the arts hub of the Wairarapa, home to authors, illustrators and painters. Visit Heart of Arts, an arts, culture and heritage hub showcasing local artists. Stonehenge Aotearoa is a must-do - it's a working adaptation of the original English Stonehenge.
While you're in town, call into the Carterton Events Centre and see what's on - there are often great shows. If wine's more your thing, explore the nearby Gladstone Wine Region or take a Star Safari to learn about the night sky.
If you love tramping or camping, a trip to the scenic Waiohine Gorge or Mount Holdsworth should definitely be on your list, or experience the thrill of rafting white water rapids on the Waiohine River with Wellington Rafting.
During summer you can Pick Your Own lavender at Lavender Abbey and shop for their stunning range of lavender products at their shop The Big Box of Lavender, or shop for natural skincare products at the Lavender Magic shop, take a garden tour and keep an eye out for pick your own cut flowers and lavender opportunities (depending on the growing season) at Lavender Magic.
Get in touch with TeePee Cider in Carterton, and check out their award-winning cider making process on an open day.
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