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.
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 or shop for a stunning range of lavender products made from their multi-award winning 100% pure lavender oil at their shop The Big Box of Lavender, all year round.
Getting here is easy - the train from Wellington stops right in town. Check out a train timetable.