Carterton District councillors are making positive strides towards producing a feasibility study of an 80
plus bed hotel development on Council owned land.
Councillors voted yesterday at an extraordinary Council meeting for the council’s Economic
Development Advisory Group (EDAG) to provide oversight of the process which will see a feasibility
The study will look at the possibility of selling council owned land to attract an investor to build an 80
plus bed hotel to Carterton on the 9700m2 piece of land, adjacent to the Carterton Events Centre on
Holloway Street, currently operating as the council’s operations depot.
The hotel vision aims to help bring more investors to town and support the continuing the development
of businesses in the district and on the town’s High Street.
“A hotel in Carterton is just what the town needs to keep its growing economy booming, help attract
even more visitors to our district and solve the need for more accommodation in Wairarapa,” said
Carterton Mayor, John Booth.
Another significant benefit would be to the Events Centre, where attracting medium sized conferences
can be a challenge due to the lack of accommodation. This is another reason why both EDAG members
and councillors have recognised the benefits of doing a Carterton specific study.
“The location of the site is ideal because of its vicinity to our fantastic Events Centre, which already
attracts visitors from all over to our region. If it turns out to be feasible and we can attract an investor, a
Carterton Hotel will benefit the region and makes sense because of its central location and will help
secure those bigger conferences.”
The vision to bring a hotel to Carterton came following an EDAG meeting on the 28th November 2018
where group members, including Destination Wairarapa, felt there was a strong a case for actively
trying to attract a hotel to Carterton.
“There are opportunities out there to fund the study,” said councillor and chair of EDAG, Greg Lang.
“Carterton needs to make the most of the opportunities it is presented with and EDAG sees a Carterton
hotel as a game changer.”
Work on a feasibility study will now begin, with EDAG to seek outside funding options and to report
back to the council as the project progresses. The study will also take into consideration the relocation
of the council’s operations depot currently onsite and highlight the most effective use of the land.