Karitane is a costal town on the mouth of the Waikouaiti River, and has some commercial sea fishing vessels and a paua farm. It has an important history, including that of the early Maori, whalers, the first white settlers in Otago and Sir Truby King.
Karitane has a primary school, a community hall, a small shop, holiday accommodation, a cafe, a swimming beach, and an inlet formed by the Waikouaiti River.
Huriaway Peninsula Reserve and Walkway (Karitane)
Huriawa Peninsula is the site of the Pa of Te Wera and the site of the legendary siege. This area has been developed by the Department of Conservation and Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki. When using the walkway remember that this is private land owned by the Runaka. Out of respect for the local people please do not dig or remove plants. The walkway passes the blow holes where the incoming tide is forced up through the rocks. Views from the walkway are spectacular out over Taiaroa Heads to the South and Matanaka and Butterfly bay to the North. Plaques along the way tell the history of the area and show the site of the old Waikouaiti Whaling Station and Tavern.
On the Water
Karitane Charters offer sailing experiences aboard the Catamaran Caprice which does day sails or overnight sails, corporate, social or private chartered sails for up to 20 passengers or 8 overnight guests. Karitane Kayak offers sea kayaking experiences for all. General hire to explore the estuary and river at your leisure of guided tours of the local coast line and the magnificent Matanaka Caves. East Otago's best kept secret. Karitane Charters offer a range of customized charters for you or a group to enjoy game fishing, diving, wild life tours, surfing experiences, remote beach BBQ's or swimming with the dolphins.
Karitane beach is a popular surfing beach and even in the winter time surfers can be seen enjoying the waves. In summer time the population of Karitane increases dramatically as the Cribbies com out to enjoy the beaches and river. Enjoy searching for crabs, starfish and shell fish off the rocks at either end of the beach of simply walking along the beach. Sea lions can often be seen basking in the sun on the beach. Natures playground for Children.