The increasingly popular Karaka district in Southern Auckland, is superbly located for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, catering for an extensive range of active and passive interests. Situated on the southern edge of the Manukau Harbour with an attractive urban country-club style setting, living at Karaka 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 Kariotahi Beach and the Waikato Heads to the south. To the east, easy day trips can be made to the Hunua ranges, numerous regional parks and the white sandy beaches of Kawakawa Bay.
The Karaka district stands just north of the heart of Motor-Racing country, with Pukekohe Park race track and Hampton Downs just 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 private ACG Strathallan College and Primary School has an enviable reputation as one of the best educational facilities in Auckland. With 27 sports programmes on offer across primary and college levels, it has gained renown for not only its academic, but cultural and sporting achievements. Currently 1,000 students attend from preschool through to senior college.
The Hingaia Peninsula Primary school provides Karaka residents with a state of the art state-run school catering for primary and intermediate school years (0-8). Opened in 2013, this education facility currently has a roll of 225 with a capacity for 540 children. It 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.
Karaka School on Blackbridge Road caters for children in Years 1 to 8, and has a proud and long-standing history within its community. Its current roll stands at 236 children.
Karaka has an increasing range of varied shopping options for residents.
The new Karaka shopping centre on Hingaia Road is an exciting addition to the district, offering convenience stores, restaurants, medical providers, and beauty consultants. Stonybridge market has become a firm favourite for residents stocking their pantries with specialty foods, while the Urban Soul Cafe is a popular dinning locale.
Meanwhile, local shops across the southern motorway in the Papakura town centre provide an extensive range of necessities and specialty retail shopping. Ten minutes drive north, Manukau City Centre offers an enormous selection of mall shops and department stores, along with cinema complexes and an extensive range of eateries.
To the south of Karaka, the Pukekohe Mega Centre on Manukau Road has thirty large format retail tenancies covering close to 40,000 square metres. Well known retail outlets include Harvey Norman, Briscoes, Rebel Sport, and Noel Leeming, plus a Countdown supermarket.
Further afield, an artisan range of boutique eateries, galleries, and specialty shops in Waiuku to the west and Clevedon to the east provides interest and variety, whilst retaining their 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 is just a few 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, provides residents 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 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 residents at Hilldene Road. The interchange bridge over the Southern motorway also includes a shared pedestrian and cycle pathway.
Karaka offers a fantastic range of recreational amenities and community facilities in the surrounding area.
For equestrian enthusiasts, Karaka 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, while horseback riding can be organized at the Twilight Ranch in Clevedon.
Karaka Sports Club has 42 acres of grounds, sport fields, and clubrooms, and is the exciting hub of the 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.