Daffodils, markets and steam train rides? It must be spring! Celebrate the annual fun-filled Carterton Daffodil Festival each year in September.
Catch the steam train from Wellington to Carterton, pick armfuls of daffs at historic Middlerun, and enjoy all the other events in Carterton town centre - from the street markets to Horse Drawn Surrey Rides.
The steam-powered 'Daffodil Express' train makes a special return trip from Wellington, and a short trip from Carterton to Masterton.
Free buses throughout the day shuttle people to and from Middlerun - a small fee is charged to pick the daffodils with all proceeds going to the local Plunket and St John.
While in Carterton check out the Big Wai Art Sale at the Carterton Events Centre. It's a giant cash and carry sale held every year (the same weekend as the Daffodil Festival) by local artists who demonstrate their craft as well!