Daffodil Festival

Last updated: 23 Jul, 2024 04:20pm

Steam Excursion

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Sunday 15 September

The Carterton Daffodil Festival is back for 2024.

Everyone’s favourite attractions, from the iconic daffodils, to the steam train excursion, the High Street market, and street performers will be back in action attracting over 10,000 visitors to the district.

This is one of the town’s biggest days with community groups and businesses coming together to ensure the town is at its most beautiful.

We are currently taking applications from stall holders and if you have been before you should have received an application form. 

Download an application form and return it by email to smithspread@xtra.co.nz, or post to:

Convenor Carterton Daffodil Festival,Lions Club of Carterton PO Box 44, Carterton 5743


2022 Steam

Steam Excursion

Wellington to Carterton (return)

Wellington Steam Train tickets are available to purchase online now

Carterton to Masterton (return)

Experience a heritage passenger steam train trip from Carterton to Masterton and return! Enjoy a glimpse of a bygone era with 13 passenger cars dating from the early 1900s through to the 1930s.

This train excursion departs Carterton at 10.50am sharp, arriving in Masterton 11.15am. From here you will disembark, before hopping back on the train to leave from Masterton at approximately 12.45pm.

Arriving back in Carterton at 13.15pm you’ll still have time to enjoy the Daffodil Festival High Street Markets, Middle Run and the Wai Art Show. This is one of the town’s biggest days with community groups and businesses coming together to ensure the town is at its most beautiful.

  • 10.40am: Steam Train arrives in Carterton
  • 10.50am: Departs Carterton
  • 11.15am: Arrives Masterton
  • 12.50pm: Departs Masterton
  • 1.15pm: Arrives Carterton
  1. Tickets $24.00 + booking fee
  2. Tickets all one price no half fares or discounts available.
  3. Children up to 3yrs may travel “free on an adult knee” NOTE: only one child per knee allowed.
  4. The layover at Masterton is 1hr 40 minutes  (100 minutes) this is necessary to detach the locomotive allow it to travel through Masterton rail yard to the turntable to be rotated to point South for the return to Carterton and re-attach it to the carriages. There will be some food vendors at Masterton station for passengers.
  5. Parents with an “active” child (in the 3yrs category) may like to purchase a ticket for them. Parents may also benefit from taking a favourite book or game to amuse little people while waiting.
  6. Face Masks required as per Public Health Travel recommendations.
Daffodil Day Market Stalls

Get Involved!

Interested in booking a market stall?

Contact Grant & Heather at smithspread@xtra.co.nz

    Need to arrange food stall certification?

    Contact Kathy Dhamodharan at kathyd@cdc.govt.nz

      General enquiries and information

      Email Jenny Gasson,  jenny@cdc.govt.nz

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      Will the Metlink trains still operate per their timetable?

      Yes. Visit the Metlink website for times.

      Note: You will need to purchase Metlink tickets for Metlink trains.

      Daffodil Express Train tickets do NOT apply to Metlink trains.

      Where can we park in Carterton?

      Be aware there will be limited parking in Carterton throughout our Daffodil Festival – so when you do park, you can expect to do a little walking. Where possible catch public transport, carpool or get dropped off.

      PLEASE follow and adhere to ALL No Parking signs. There are in place for safety and for event access.

      What roads are closed in Carterton during the event?

      There will be road closures in place between 6am and 4pm. We’ll provide a list of these roads a little bit closer to the time.

      Are there buses to get to Middle Run? How much, where and when?

      Free buses will be running throughout the day between Carterton & Middlerun – first bus departs at 10am.

      Buses will depart from Masson Street, Carterton. All buses will take passengers out to the rural Gladstone property, and return to Broadway (outside Kings Woodworking).

      Buses will depart from 10am, end at 2.30pm, and are completely FREE.

      Just wait at Coopers Farm Services, on Masson Street and jump on the next available service.

      Can we drive out to Middlerun?

      NO! For safety reasons please do NOT drive your vehicle to Middlerun for the daffodil picking. There is nowhere for you to park. 

      Please catch one of the FREE daffodil buses from Carterton.

      After the large crowds last year we’re pulling in more buses to run more often in 2024. Please use these services.


      How much is Middlerun?

      Middlerun daffodil picking is $5 per bunch and monies raised go to Plunket and Wellington Free Ambulance.

      There is no Eftpos or ATM on site and will operate as CASH ONLY.

      What should I wear to Middlerun?

      Middlerun is a rural property and we strongly advise you dress warmly or bring with you warm clothes and a jacket. Don’t forget to wrap the kids up warm too.

      It is ESSENTIAL you wear appropriate footwear. Gumboots are advised or sneakers. Expect them to get dirty if there has been recent rain.

      There will be a Wellington Free Ambulance and paramedics stationed out at Middlerun for the duration of the daffodil picking.

      How do I book a stall?

      For more information about the market stalls at the Daffodil Festival you will need to contact market organisers Grant or Heather Smith directly.

      Please email smithspread@xtra.co.nz

      Will there be a horse surrey carriage again?


      There will be horse drawn carriages. These will leave from outside the Carterton Memorial Club on Broadway, and travel down Broadway to the train station and return.

      This is cash only. Pricing details will be confirmed shortly.

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