FAQ

When looking at building or buying there are always commonly asked questions. To help provide you with the information you need about Karamū, Riccarton Park we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If we haven’t managed to answer your question, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to get it answered for you.

How long will Karamū take and how many people will live there?

There are a total of five stages planned, with approximately 570 houses. When completed, Karamū will be home to around 1,600 people.  The length of the project will be determined by a number of factors such as demand, weather, etc.  We currently anticipate the development to be completed by 2022

Will there be a choice of section sizes?

Yes, there are a number of different sized sections, suiting a variety of needs. We have sections planned from 218m2 to 685m2. Check out the neighbourhood plans to see how the lots have been divided. The masterplan indicated proposed future stages, more details will become available as the project progresses. 

Is the land safe?

Yes, a free site-specific geotechnical report will be provided for each section upon issue of title. For more information on land zoning visit Environment Canterbury’s Landzone Map 

What schools are zoned for the area?

To see which schools are zoned for the area please check out the New Zealand Schools website for the most up to date information 

What are the sustainable features being incorporated in the Development?

Ngāi Tahu Property are an inter-generational investor who are committed to developing sustainable developments with a long-term vision. There have been a number of initiatives incorporated in the design of Karamū, Riccarton Park to provide for a sustainable community, along with economic, social and environmental benefits. These include the use of native plantings within the development to encourage the return of wildlife to the area and a community park providing open space for the residents to enjoy.  There is a proposal to connect the neighbourhoods with cycle ways and pedestrian walkways encouraging residents to walk or cycle while reducing noise and emissions. Linking Karamū with the existing communities already surrounding the area and ensuring the development includes an array of housing typologies. 

Where is the section sales office located and what are the opening hours?

The section sales office is located at 75 Manakura Street, Upper Riccarton and is open Tuesday to Sunday 12-4pm. Our Sales Manager, Dene Maddren can be contacted on 0508 527 268. Dene can help answer any questions you may have about the development as well as help you through the purchasing process.

What deposit do I need when purchasing a section?

A 10% deposit is required when signing your Sale and Purchase agreement. Deposits required by builders for House and Land Packages may vary according to the builder.

Can I choose my own builder?

Yes, you can use a builder of your choice when you purchase an individual section from Karamū, Riccarton Park.  Alternatively, you may choose to purchase from a builder offering house & land packages who will build the home for you.  A list of current builders who have purchased in Karamū, and are offering house and land packages can be found here.

Do I have to build as soon as the title has become available?

No, there are no restrictions on when you have to build by. The only requirement is that you keep your section well maintained with no overgrowth or rubbish on site.  Read the full covenants here

What are the comprehensive lots / high density blocks?

The areas highlighted on the maps are available as ‘high density lots’ for builders/developers to purchase. These are also known as ‘comprehensive” lots.

The builder/developer can further subdivide these lots to sell house and land packages. You will find a list of builders on our website who have purchased comprehensive lots and are selling house and land packages.  The builders’ plans and designs can be found on their websites. 

Do I have to get sign off from Karamū on house plans before applying for building consent?

Yes, all plans must be submitted to the Karamū, Riccarton Park Sales Manager for design approval.

Why are there covenants with the title?

Restrictive Covenants are there to protect the privacy, peace and security of the residents and the quality of the environment within the community.  They also help protect the value of your property overtime. 

What road upgrades are proposed?

There are plans to update the Yaldhurst / Steadman Road intersection with the installation of traffic lights. All changes are detailed in the Riccarton Racecourse Outline Development Plan (ODP).

Ngāi Tahu Property have engaged with New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Christchurch City Council (CCC) to ensure they are aware of the development requirements going forward.  The physical upgrade of the intersection will be managed by NZTA and updates to the roads will be managed by CCC.

Are there house and land packages available?

Throughout the development, there will be a number of builders who offer house and land packages.  A list of builders who have purchased comprehensive lots, and are building within Karamū can be found on our website This will be updated as more builders come on board. Please contact the builders directly for more information about their house and land packages. 

What options are there for first home buyers?

Within the comprehensive lots a number of builders will be delivering homes at the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant threshold.  A list of these builders can be found here

Does the landscaping have to be completed before moving in?

Yes, it is a requirement and part of the restrictive covenants at Karamū, Riccarton Park that all landscaping must be completed prior to moving in.  If you need to find a Landscape Architect a list of qualified companies and individuals can be found here

What will happen to the Riccarton market?

The Riccarton Market will remain open in its current location.