About Karamū

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 the start of something exciting.

When completed, Karamū subdivision will be home to around 1,600 people.  While ideally located close to the CBD, it still has the luxury of a rural outlook. Karamū will have sections for sale of varying sizes across a number of neighbourhoods.  

Karamū is ideally 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 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.

As this area begins a new chapter in its story, it welcomes young and old from far and wide.