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Find out all you need to know about living and working, buying and investing and studying in a region which provides the best of urban and rural living – Wairarapa.

Look for the “Live & Work”, “Buy & Invest”, and “Study” links at the top of the Destination Wairarapa website.

CDC and White Ribbon

Carterton District Council fully supports the White Ribbon initiative to stop violence against women.

Beautiful parks and reserves

Carterton is proud of the beautiful – and superbly maintained – open spaces for our community.

Beautiful parks and reserves

Carterton is proud of the beautiful – and superbly maintained – open spaces for our community.

We love events!

The Balloon Festival, Kokomai Arts Festival, movies, music and theatre…
it’s all happening in Carterton!

Sunset in Carterton

Just the end to another day in paradise.

Urban centre, rural surrounds

Grab a cocktail and a meal in town, or fill up on scenic views.

TOTAL WATER BAN – What does this mean and what is the council doing?

Our main water source is the Kaipatangata Stream which is reliant on rainfall. No rain = no water. We are now running off a bore which has limited capacity. Part of our long term plan is increasing the storage capacity at the existing Kaipatangata treatment plant and at the supplementary plant to provide four days of treated water reserves, and by duplicating critical, riskier sections of the sole mains pipe that goes from the Kaipaitangata treatment plant to the township. South Wairarapa and Masterton also have restrictions, although each council’s restrictions vary due to the amount of rainfall in each area and differing water sources.

The council waters its gardens with non-potable water from a bore – this is not town supply.

If you are an avid gardner, the council sells small water tanks which you can set up yourself at home, which means next summer you’ll have your own supply to water your garden when restrictions are in place.

Part of the district plan review will be investigating whether to impose water tanks on new builds. The flushing of the Frederick Street bore is a water safety requirement to ensure the water is clean before it reaches your tap. Our responsibility to keep you safe under these requirements means we need to flush the bore for 7 minutes.

For conservation tips, click here



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Carterton’s new Happy to Chat bench

Carterton’s new Happy to Chat bench

An initiative from Joy for Generation’s Lucy Adlam to keep all members of Carterton’s community connected has seen the inclusion of the district’s first official ‘Happy to Chat’ bench. The seat on the corner of High Street and Holloway Street provides Carterton...

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We appreciate all the hard work you've been doing to conserve water, and it's really making a difference. The water ban will continue until we have significant rainfall to increase the flows at the Kaipatangata Stream, which is our main water source. And although it's...

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Today is international random acts of kindness day, so our lovely ladies Sheree and Sue at our council office are giving out lollies to our residents who are popping in to do Council business today.
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