Carterton New Zealand Today

Carterton today is a bustling rural town situated an hour and fifteen minutes drive from New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Due to it's close proximity to the capital, it's beautiful unspoilt landscape and friendly inhabitants, Carterton has become a popular place to live. It has interesting antique and craft shops, great eateries and a burgeoning wine industry that attracts many visitors.

Carterton is known as the Daffodil Capital of New Zealand and has a spring daffodil fesitival each year that attracts thousands of visitors. Bulbs are planted along the roadside entrances to the town that herald spring with a glorious display.

Carterton is also the town that gave the world's first trans-sexual Mayor and MP, Georgina Beyer, her start in local politics.

It is clearly an interesting town!