Karaka, New Zealand

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Karaka is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 37°6′S 174°52′E / 37.100°S 174.867°E / -37.100; 174.867Coordinates: 37°6′S 174°52′E / 37.100°S 174.867°E / -37.100; 174.867
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityAuckland Council
Local boardFranklin
Area code(s)09
Kingseat Hospital in neighbouring Kingseat.

Karaka is a small rural area in the south of Auckland, New Zealand. Formerly part of Franklin District and under the authority of the Franklin District Council, it is now part of Auckland Council (under the Franklin Local Board[2]) following the amalgamation of the Auckland region's councils.

To the west of Karaka is Kingseat, a small town where the former Kingseat Psychiatric Hospital was previously located. In 2005 the hospital was turned into a haunted attraction called Spookers.[3]


Karaka is now primarily a rural town associated with thoroughbred horse studs, dairy farming and sheep farming. Karaka is the location of the thoroughbred yearling sales at New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Sales Complex. Westbury Stud and Haunui Farm are both located in Karaka.[4]

Traditionally the economy of Karaka was dominated by agriculture. However, following the transition to lifestyle blocks, the majority of residents now commute to urban Auckland for employment.

The Karaka Sports Park provides a local sports ground as well as bar and kitchen facilities. there are also a few small restaurants in the area. The Pukekohe Golf Club is located within the Karaka area bordering Pukekohe.


The Whātāpaka Marae and its Tamaoho meeting house is a traditional meeting ground for local Māori.[5] The marae is affiliated with Ngāti Tamaoho and the Waikato Tainui hapū of Ngāti Koheriki, Ngāi Tai and Ngāti Tamaoho.[6]


Three public primary schools are located in Karaka: Karaka School,[7] Hingaia Peninsula School, and Te Hihi School.[8] There is also a private coeducational secondary school, Strathallan.[9]

Public secondary education is provided in the nearby towns of Papakura and Pukekohe.


  1. ^ "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Franklin Local Board". Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  3. ^ House of horrors at former hospital - Hospitals - NZ Herald News Retrieved December 2011
  4. ^ Karaka, New Zealand tourism.net.nz Retrieved December 2011
  5. ^ "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  6. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  7. ^ "Karaka School". Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Te Hihi School". Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  9. ^ "ACG Strathallan". Retrieved 26 March 2013.