Karamū, Riccarton Park is the latest Ngāi Tahu Property development and is located in Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. 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. Karamū is located next to Riccarton Racecourse, between Yaldhurst Road and Steadman Road, and when complete will be home to around 1,600 people.
Once home to the trees, shrubs, and birds that the local Māori (Ngāi Tūāhuriri) used and protected, the development is named after the Karamū tree. This tree’s bright berries are a signal that harvest time is here. A favourite with native birds including tui and korimako (bellbirds), it’s also beloved by gardeners.
The respect for sustainability and regeneration that were so vital to life then are rekindled in Karamū today. Enlightened planning encourages walking, cycling and allows for shared social spaces, and generous planting.
A sense of place is also evoked by the iconic racecourse. Established in 1865, it was an early hub of community activity for the newborn Canterbury province and a worthy successor to Plumpton Park – close to where Wigram Skies is now situated.
Karamū is also in an area with great amenity. Surrounded by pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary education it is in a pre-eminent position where intellectual achievement and the ability to flourish among peers is valued.
As Karamū, Riccarton Park begins a new chapter in its story, it welcomes young and old from far and wide, to a community that will encourage everyone to enjoy the fruits of their labour and embrace a promising future.