Karitane Beach

Take time out to stroll our beautiful beach


The translation of Karitane is interesting. While both words, “Kari” and “tane” are Maori words, they are apparently meaningless (according to the Te Pūhikotuhi o Aotearoa, part of Victoria University of Wellington Library) when put together. BUT they go on to say as a composite name, made up of an abbreviation of “Kariti,” the Maori pronunciation of “Creed,” and “tane,” meaning man would mean the closest translation would be Karitane the “Creed the man".

Whatever its meaning visitors and locals together can agree that Karitane is a very special place.

Previously a seaside fishing village it boasts a small-ish but beautiful bay.  Rugged at times, a family delight in summer and a surfers dream with its reputation of having one of the best right hand point breaks in NZ. Described as a long, hollow, barrelling right hander with a gnarly drop in- whatever that means!!

If you fancy something a little less invigorating there are a number of wonderful walks, picnic spots, bird and sealife spotting or you can simply take a good book, a picnic blanket and sit down on the beach. Just be aware of the Sea Lions that also share our beach.

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