Revisiting a reinvented K-Road
It’s all happening at Auckland’s most happening street. From contemporary art galleries to high fashion and vintage clothing; from more than 100 eateries offering world cuisine to heritage walks; and from vibrant markets selling all manner of goods to a first-ofits kind kissing booth; K-Road offers a 24-hour nightlife precinct.
The Central Leader spoke with Barbara Holloway, Precinct Manager, K-Road Business Association, to bring you a round-up of what’s new in K-Road.
‘‘From the eccentric to the downright outrageous, you’ll find it at K-Road’s edgy design stores,’’ says Barbara.
‘‘The street renews itself every year and that’s one reason it remains vibrant and inviting no matter what time of the year you visit.’’
Adding to the excitement are some great community events each year. For instance, First Thursdays is a multimedia music, arts and performance evening with more than 30 events spread across a total of 25 venues along K Road. The next one is May 2.
‘‘There will be free workshops on creating and making things by hand at the event which sees over 7000 visitors each time.’’
If you want something unusual then head off to Meet the Makers, each second Saturday of the month, where makers of extraordinary things will be offering carefully crafted stationery, weaving, jewellery, knitwear and couture clothing to the lover of the handmade and the brilliant.
Instead of spending Saturdays in bed, schlep out to the brand new shops at 214 Markets, and pick some great hipster buys.
For sheer entertainment there’s nothing quite like St Kevin’s Arcade where you can find designer garments, vintage clothing and accessories, gifts, great food, music and coffee, and more.
The free guided Heritage Walks are not to be missed. Afoot or afloat, K-Road will be worth the journey.
Fan fever: Always famed for its nightlife, K-Road was a highlight of the Fan Trail during the 2011 Rugby World Cup when supporters such as these, on their way to the England verses Scotland pool match at Eden Park showed off their affiliations.
Instant icon: Peter Lange, brother of the late Prime Minister David Lange, is a potter who created a bench/seat for Karangahape Road. He’s seen here putting the finishing touches to his work.
Then: A view of Pitt Street buildings, showing Pitt Street (left), Karangahape Road, the premises of G F Bewley, pastrycook, Fred Morgan, tailor, James Walker and Tattersfield and Company. Picture courtesy of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W883.
Now: The magnificent Pitt Street buildings still stand proud today, and have been home for many years to Leo O’Malley menswear.