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Location Wheatstone Street, Carterton, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°1′18″S 175°31′23.89″E / 41.02167°S 175.5233028°E / -41.02167; 175.5233028
Elevation 78 metres (256 ft)
Owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council
Operated by Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society (lessee)
Line(s) Wairarapa Line
Distance 76.6 kilometres (47.6 mi) from Wellington
Platforms Single side
  • 1 main line
  • 1 crossing loop (lifted 2007)
  • 3 road / loop sidings
  • 2 back-shunts (lifted)
  • Loading bank siding
  • Stock yard siding (lifted)
  • Back road siding (partly lifted)
Train operators Transdev Wellington
Structure type At-grade
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes, limited
Architectural style "Vogel era" Special Class (gable)
Other information
Station code CART
Fare zone 13
Opened 1 November 1880
Closed 13 October 1986 (freight)
Passengers (2012) >358 passengers/day
Preceding station   Transdev Wellington   Following station
toward Masterton
Wairarapa Connection
toward Wellington

Carterton railway station is a suburban railway station serving Carterton, New Zealand. The station is located on the Wairarapa Line, 76.6 km (47.6 mi) north of Wellington and 14.4 km (8.9 mi) south of Masterton. The Wairarapa Connection serves the station several times daily with services to Wellington and Masterton. The station has a single seven-car side platform.

This station retains its original station building (built in 1879-80), freight yard and loading bank, though freight is no longer accepted. A ticket office operates in the station building prior to the departure of commuter trains bound for Wellington. Heritage rolling stock is stored in the yard.

The Carterton Railway Museum, operated from the station building by the Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society, is open every Sunday between 10am and 4pm.


Construction of buildings for use by railway staff and the station itself was underway in May 1880, with the station master's house (used initially as the resident engineer's office); followed a month or two later by the station building.

The first train to depart was a special goods train carrying a load of timber, on 5 July 1880. It was another three months before goods consignments were accepted, on 11 October 1880, with the first goods train running to Masterton two days later. The first passenger train ran on 30 October 1880. The line between Woodside and Masterton and the station were officially opened on 1 November 1880.

In 1884 Carterton was recorded as having a five-room station building with a 60-by-30-foot (18.3 by 9.1 m) goods shed and watering facilities. Cattle and sheep yards and a loading bank were installed prior to 1890. There were three loops, holding 56, 23, and 9 wagons; a goods shed road holding 9; and a siding behind it with capacity of 32. In 1884 the station sold 6,530 passenger tickets, and handled 13,610 tons of goods outward and 1,583 tons inward and 20,875 head of livestock, mostly sheep and mostly outward.

Carterton was a manned station until 1989 when the last staff positions were withdrawn. This move led to a decline in the condition of the station buildings, a situation which in part prompted the formation of the Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society. The goods shed and some unused track which was used for marshalling purposes were removed in the late 1980s.

The Society has saved the Waingawa station building in the early 1990s, along with the Clareville station, it is now located beside the loading bank in the Carterton Station Yard.


As part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme announced by the government on 29 January 2020, a new passing loop will be installed at Carterton.


There are five Wairarapa Connection trains each way Monday to Thursday, six Friday and two Saturday and Sunday. There are occasional excursions, such as the Daffodil Express and the Tararua Tourer run by Mainline Steam.


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