Karaka Lakes, in Southern Auckland, is superbly located for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Situated on the southern edge of the Manukau Harbour within an attractive country setting, living at Karaka Lakes brings the best of city life to the country.
For boaties, kayakers and fishermen, and all those who enjoy water sports, Clarks Beach is a short drive west from Karaka Lakes. Further afield beckon the wild black sands of Waikato Heads to the south and to the east, the white sandy beaches of Kawakawa bay.
Karaka Lakes also stands in the heart of Motor-Racing country, with Pukekohe Park race track and Hampton Downs a short drive to the south. The annual V8 Supercars is the premier event at Pukekohe, while drag racing at Meremere is another crowd pleaser.
The Hingaia Peninsula Primary school provides Karaka Lakes’ children with an easy walk to school. The state of the art education facility has capacity for a roll of 540 children.
Catering for primary and intermediate school (years 0-8), Hingaia Peninsula Primary is New Zealand's first 5 Green Star rated school, boasting one of the most up to date ICT technology setups in public education, including Apple with Ruckus wi-fi.
Zoning for the primary school includes all the residential land within the Hingaia Peninsula, west of the southern motorway from Park Estate Drive north to the Manukau isthmus.
Meanwhile, ACG Strathallan Private College and Primary School is only one kilometre away, to the west off Hingaia road. The college has an enviable reputation as one of the best in Auckland.
Within 10 minutes of Karaka Lakes there are a wide range of shopping options.
Local shops at Papakura provide for all the necessities, while planning consents have been lodged for a new Karaka Lakes retail shopping centre, to be located on the corner of Pararekau and Hingaia Road. Nearby Manukau City Centre offers a vast selection of shops and department stores, along with cinema complexes and a wide range of eateries.
To the south of Karaka Lakes, the Pukekohe Mega Centre on Manukau Road has 30 large format retail tenancies covering close to 40,000m2. Currently, tenants include well known retail outlets Harvey Norman, Briscoes, Rebel Sport, and Noel Leeming, plus a Countdown supermarket.
Further afield, an eclectic range of boutique eateries, galleries, and specialty shops in Clevedon provides interest and variety, whilst retaining a down-to-earth country village feel. On Sundays, fresh produce and delicious homemade foods can be found at the Clevedon Farmers’ Market, while the Clevedon Village Market offers a locally made smorgasbord of arts, crafts, and jewellery.
Karaka Lakes is just five minutes away from the Papakura Train Station, which offers direct public transport access to and from central Auckland's Britomart Centre. Commuters can also access the suburban passenger train services on the Eastern and Southern Lines, as well as the Auckland-Wellington Overlander service.
The security patrolled park-and-ride facility, on Ron Keat Drive in Papakura, provides residents of Karaka Lakes with convenient and affordable parking facilities for the entire day.
Papakura Town Centre is serviced by Stagecoach Auckland (Route 47F) from Auckland City to Papakura and Red Hill. Intercity also picks up and drops off opposite Papakura’s Countdown supermarket, taking 45 minutes into Auckland Central.
For domestic and overseas air travelers, Karaka Lakes is only a 25-minute drive south-west from the Auckland International and Domestic Airports.
The upgrade of the Papakura interchange on Auckland’s Southern Motorway has added a dedicated northbound on-ramp onto the motorway for Karaka Lakes residents at Hilldene Road, with traffic signals at key intersections. The Interchange bridge over the Southern motorway also includes a shared pedestrian and cycle path.
Karaka Lakes offers a fantastic range of amenities and facilities both within the estate and in the surrounding areas.
Karaka Sports Club has 42 acres of grounds, sport fields, and clubrooms, and is the exciting hub of the Karaka Lakes community. Located on Blackridge Road, the club offers a wide range of sporting activities, including rugby, netball, cricket, touch rugby, and tennis, including business house tennis. The licensed clubrooms cater for private functions, and the complex is available for special celebrations by arrangement.
The remodelled Massey Park Aquatic Centre is a favourite for young and old alike, being only a five-minute drive away on Ron Keat Drive in Papakura. It has an Olympic class pool outside, as well as recreational pools inside for children, including a wave pool and slides.
For equestrian enthusiasts, Karaka Lakes is the place for all things to do with horses. Karaka Pavilion plays host to some of the most important international thoroughbred auctions in New Zealand. There are two racing stables based in Karaka, including the Westbury Stud. The Pakuranga Hunt is also based at Karaka, while further afield you can find the Maramarua Hunt Club and the Clevedon Polo Club. For the 3-11 age group, there is the In GoodTime HorsePark SaddleClub based at Karaka, while horseback riding can be organized at the Twilight Ranch in Clevedon.