In the Karitane estuary they used to do lots things over the years. They had regattas, where crowded trains would bring loads of people to take part. They would do things like boat races, greasy boom competitions, men's swimming races and rowing. One of the things they did the most was fishing with nets. They caught eels, blue cod, trout and flounder.
These days we have a New Years raft race, fishing on the wharf, fishing competitions, white baiting, swimming and Kayak Karitane where you can hire a kayak and paddle in the estuary.
Images: THE JETTY AT KARITANE, LOOKING TOWARDS THE PENINSULA (Otago Witness, 18 April 1906). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/14735775
ON THE KARITANE1 BEACH, A LOVELY STRETCH OF SAND, WHERE THE SPORTS WERE HELD, (Otago Witness, 09 March 1904). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/14101166