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, make sure you stop for a pint at Regent 58, a craft beer brewery just behind the shops on the main street. 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.
Getting here is easy - the train from Wellington stops right in town. Check out a train timetable.