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Carterton Travel Guide

Carterton accommodation, Carterton activities and attractions, Carterton maps, transportation to and around Carterton - the Jasons Carterton Destination Travel Guide is your complete visitor guide for Carterton.

Set on the rich alluvial flats north of the junction of the Waiohine and Ruamahanga Rivers, Carterton is a pleasant country town known for its daffodils and paua shell factory with its live paua aquarium. The nearby rivers and Tararua Forest Park offer fishing, swimming, picnic spots and walking tracks. The town was named after a Wellington builder called Charles Carter who was responsible for the construction of Black Bridge over the Waiohine River. 


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