Explore Carterton This April

Looking for a different kind of Wairarapa get away? Look no further than Carterton, a town nestled in the heart of Wairarapa that is eager to welcome you this April. With its vibrant atmosphere and unique attractions, Carterton is the perfect destination for anyone looking to explore and experience something new.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be swept up in the excitement of this bustling town. Take a stroll down the High Street and immerse yourself in the local culture. From artisan shops and craft markets to mouth-watering cafes and restaurants, there’s something for everyone in Carterton.

Carterton is also home to a number of unique attractions that are sure to delight visitors of all ages. Take a stroll around the town’s historic buildings and learn about its fascinating past, check out the beautiful art, find the #angelwings, or get on your bike and explore the trails.

Bringing the kids? Check out Carrington Park handily located on the High Street with free to use BBQ’s available year round.

Bringing your dog? Sparks Park is the most dog friendly park in the Wairarapa, complete with a pond and fully fenced for your furry friends off leash adventures.

With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that Carterton is quickly becoming one of Wairarapa’s most popular destinations.

So why wait? Book your trip today.


Nau mai ki Kāinga – Welcome to Kāinga!

‘Kāinga’ means ‘Home’ and is our place of comfort, warmth, love, and of course – delicious food! At Kāinga, we have created a modern and vibrant setting with the familiar comforts of home.

Our offering is a diverse selection of family favourites with modern and unique twists using fresh local products and produce. Our menu is a proud celebration of the best our land has to offer, and our love of seafood is reflected in our dishes.

‘Diesel’, our full-bodied espresso coffee is exclusive to the Wairarapa. It is characterised by its dark and milk chocolate nutty flavours, with floral and citrus notes. Perfect for every day coffee lovers or even better when accompanying a catch up with friends and family!

Tō Mātou Ahurea – Our Culture

We embrace the value of ‘manaakitanga’ which means care, hospitality, generosity and compassion.

Manaakitanga underpins all our relationships including those with staff, customers, workplace and suppliers. Our work environment is one where staff feel supported and inspired to grow individually and as a team. The manaakitanga that begins with us, the team, is felt by our customers in the quality of food and service that we provide.

As our guests, we extend our manaakitanga to you.

Opening Hours

We are open seven days from 7am – 3pm for breakfast and lunch. Choose inside or outside in our covered courtyard.

Relax, catch up with friends and family and enjoy the unique Kāinga experience! Contact

Shelley Rutene Ph: 06 3798080 Txt: 027 3304521

E: info@kainga.co.nz FB: Kāinga Eatery

Carterton Craft Market

Open 7 days 10am – 3pm

Contact: 027 7878558 or FB Messenger

Fb: www.facebook.com/cartertoncraft Web: www.cartertoncraft.co.nz

Great variety of local crafts; beautiful hand knitted, crocheted and sewn items. Plus every occasion cards, cushions, jewellery, woodwork to name a few. Orders for a number of the items taken as most items are made by the stall holders. As stock changes frequently, visit often. New crafters welcome.


Downtown Pizza

Opening hours is 11.30am to 9pm

Contact number: 02040451670 or 063799245 Facebook: Downtown Pizza

Downtown Pizza has a delicious range of pizzas, burgers and fried chicken! Support a local business and receive fast service with a smile!

Milky Way Kiwi

Sam and Hari of Milky Way Kiwi run Star Safaris from their special spot on Ponatahi Road. These 90 minute long sessions, which are FREE for up to 2 kids (under 15) with an accompanying adult are an inspiring session where you experience the night sky and stars through telescopes, VR head-sets and potential astro-photography. As it is weather dependent you never know exactly what you will get to experience.

You could learn about anything from Astrobiology to Mars, Astrophysics to Aliens and everything in between!


FREE For 15 And Younger
Everyone Else: From $27/Person



Carterton Dollar Mart

“You never know what you might find!”

We have everyday items at affordable prices ranging from stationary ,craft items, petware , hardware, kitchenware, partyware , toys for the kids and so much more.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cartertondollarmart

38 High St North
Carterton 5713 NZ

Ph 06 379-5001


Facebook: Go-Zone Wairarapa

Contact: gozonewairarapa@gmail.com or message us through our Facebook page.

Go Zone 45A Norman Ave Waingawa Industrial Park Carterton 5713

Opening Hours will be:

Sun-Thurs 9am-5:30pm Fri & Sat 9am-8pm

Go Zone is Wairarapa’s newest family entertainment attraction. Come and have some fun with us! We have a huge indoor playground with lots of places to explore and interactive features.

Plus we have a trampoline zone including a speed game, climbing wall with foam pit and basketball hoops.

Our toddler area is a super safe place for your little ones to play and explore. It includes their own playground, soft play equipment, ball pit, tramp and a tiny town!

Go Zone is looking to be open by the April school holidays, please check out our Facebook page for all our updates and for an exact opening date once confirmed. We can’t wait to see you all!