Karitane is a tranquil coastal spot just 45 minutes north of Dunedin. An historic fishing village, Karitane has a stunning coastline and beautiful bays. Karitane peninsula was once the site of a fortified Maori Pa (village), and later the area became home to the early European whalers and pioneers. There is surfing and fishing at the local beach, and nature lovers will find plenty of wildlife to see, including godwits and other migratory birds at the river estuary.