Re­vis­it­ing a rein­vented K-Road

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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.

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