Karamū embodies the Ngāi Tūāhuriri vision: “Kia atawhai ki te iwi.” Be kind to your people.
Karamū, Riccarton Park is a new subdivision in Christchurch, that is selected for the bounty that surrounds it; the richness of its history and the potential of its future.
Karamū is ideally located close to the CBD, and still has the luxury of a rural outlook. It is perfectly located for quick access to the Canterbury ski fields, as well as giving you easy access to motorways taking you across the South Island. Or, if the rest of the world is calling you, Karamū is just a short journey from Christchurch International Airport making access easy for short or long trips away.
THE HISTORY OF KARAMŪ
The Riccarton Racecourse area was once home to the trees, shrubs, and birds that the local Māori (Ngāi Tūāhuriri) used and protected. For birds, the area was an easy flight to Pūtarikamotu (Riccarton Bush) with its awe-inspiring ancient kahikatea, tōtara and mātai trees.
The development is named after the Karamū tree whose bright berries are a signal that harvest time is here. A favourite with native birds including tui and korimako (bellbirds), it is also beloved by gardeners. The welcome shade of the leaves and branches are a reminder of a time when the Karamū flourished in the area and were valued as a source of infusions and essences, and for use in ceremonies including baptisms.