Kamo is a small township north of Whangarei, approximately five minutes drive from the Whangarei CBD. The name is a Māori word meaning "eyelash", but has also been said to mean "to bubble up", referring to hot springs in the area.Mt Parakiore is a volcanic dome rising 391 m to the northwest of the town. It is about one million years old, and part of the Harbour Fault which also includes Mt Hikurangi near Hikurangi, and Parahaki in Whangarei.
The population was 6,309 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 297 from 2001.
Kamo became a Town District in 1884, at which point it had a population of 410, slightly smaller than Whangarei.
The town was known for its hot springs in the early 20th century, although several people died of suffocation in covered baths between 1901 and 1920. The iron-rich water was promoted as a health tonic.
In the early 1960s the boundaries of Whangarei city expanded to include Kamo.
Kamo Christian College is a state integrated composite (years 1-15) school with a roll of 191.
All these schools are coeducational. Totara Grove has a decile rating of 2. Hirupaki School has a decile of 8. The others all have a decile rating of 5.
Kamo Primary School opened in July 1873 in a private house. It had grown to 64 students by the time it moved into Kamo Public Hall in 1877. and it moved to its own building in 1881. In 1946, it moved to its present site. The older students were split to Kamo Intermediate in 1964. Kamo East School opened in 1966, and was later renamed to Totara Grove School.
Michael Hill (the jeweler) also attended Kamo High School.