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Located close to the central business district of the city of Auckland, New Zealand - Karangahape Road (also known as K Road) is one of Auckland's most colourful places. The central business district of Melbourne, Australia. ... The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ...

As it was a travel route used by the pre-european Māori, Karangahape Road is actually an older thoroughfare than Auckland's main street Queen Street which was only developed by Europeans in the 1840s. For the Māori language, see Māori language. ... Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand, is the major commercial thoroughfare of the countrys main population centre. ...

From about 1900 to the early 1960s Karangahape Road was Auckland's busiest shopping street during which time it contained many furniture and clothing shops along with several department stores. After 1965 it lost most of its local customer base when construction of the inner city motorway system resulted in over 50,000 people moving out of the surrounding areas. The downturn in trade lead to many shops closing and the relocating of businesses to other areas of Auckland. By the early 1970s the very low rents meant it had acquired a rather seedy reputation as Auckland's red light district. Since the early 1990s there has been a move away from this image due mainly to newly constructed apartment blocks attracting residents back to the area. There are currently over 400 businesses in the K'rd area, only 7 of them are connected with the sex industry. A red-light district is a neighborhood where prostitution is a common part of everyday life. ...

Alongside the few remaining shops & venues catering to the sex trade, K Road currently boasts an eclectic collection of shops, cafés and art galleries. At night its restaurants, bars and nightclubs make it a major part of Auckland's social scene. Because of its historical association with alternative lifestyles and fringe communities, it has become a spiritual home to a bohemian culture of artists and musicians as well as the LGBT community. Though a Bohemian is a native of the Czech province of Bohemia, a secondary meaning for bohemian emerged in 19th century France. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an abbreviation used as a collective term to refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ...



Karangahape Road is located close to the centre of Auckland city, and runs perpendicular to Queen Street. At the intersection of Karangahape Road and Queen Street, Queen Street heading south becomes Upper Queen Street. Karangahape Road runs in a north-east to east direction and feeds onto Grafton Bridge to the east. At its intersection with Ponsonby Road to the west, Karangahape Road becomes Great North Road. Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand, is the major commercial thoroughfare of the countrys main population centre. ...

On the slope of the Karangahape ridge facing north towards the Waitemata Harbour is a natural gully now the site of Myers Park. This is, or rather was, the start of the Waihorotiu Stream also known as the Queen Street River. Formerly an open stream running down the centre of the road, it still runs under Queen Street to the sea, discharging under the Ferry Building. Auckland Harbour Bridge crossing the Waitemata Harbour Waitemata Harbour is the main access by sea to Auckland, New Zealand. ...

At the eastern end of Karangahape Road is Grafton Bridge, a large concrete structure spanning Grafton Gully. When it was completed in 1910 it was the largest single span bridge in the world.

Also here is the Symonds Street Cemetery, one of the oldest in Auckland and the first official burial ground. Here are located the graves of many of Auckland's early settlers including Captain William Hobson, the first Governor of New Zealand who died in 1842. The Cemetery was officially closed in 1905 when it was handed over to the Auckland City Council as a park. When the motorway system was constructed in the mid 1960s it required the moving of over 4100 bodies, these were reinterred in two memorial sites within the cemetery. William Hobson (September 26, 1792 - September 10, 1842), was the first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi. ...


K Road is popular for its fascinating walks from Symonds St Cemetery through the superb heritage architecture along Karangahape Road. Walkers can learn not only facts but hear hilarious anecdotes of the eccentric and sometimes notorious characters who have peopled K Road over the last century.

Notable buildings along the street

  • The Baptist Tabernacle 1884 , Edmund Bell architect. Corner Queen St & K Road.
  • St Kevin's Arcade 1924 & 1926, Walter Arthur Cumming architect.
  • Rendell's Department Store 1904 & 1920, William Holman architect.
  • George Court Department Store 1924, Clinton Savage architect. Corner K Road & Mercury Lane.
  • Pitt Street Methodist Church 1866, Philip Herepath architect.
  • Mercury Theatre 1910, Built as the Kings Theatre this is the first purpose built Cinema in Auckland.

St Kevin's Arcade is the K Road entrance to Myers Park. In 1914 a former Mayor of Auckland, Sir Arthur Mielzinier Myers (1868–1926), donated £10,000 to transform 2.4 ha of wasteland into Myers Park and to construct the Myers Free Kindergarten, a fine example of Arts & Crafts architecture (Chilwell & Trevithick Architects). Myers Park is a neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. ... The Mayor of Auckland is the head of the municipal government of Auckland, New Zealand, and presides over the Auckland City Council. ... Sir Arthur Mielzinier Myers (1868–1926) was mayor of Auckland from 1905 to 1909. ...


The word "Karangahape" is from the Māori language. The original meaning and origin of the word as a street name is uncertain, but there are many interpretations - ranging from "winding ridge of human activity" to "calling on Hape". Hape was the name of a Maori chief of some importance living over on the Manukau Harbour, thus the name probably indicates the route that was taken to visit him. Māori (or Maori or Te Reo) is the Polynesian language spoken in New Zealand, where it has official status. ... A street name or odonym is an identifying name given to a street or road. ... Location of Manukau Harbour Manukau Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in New Zealand and the sixth largest in the world by area. ...

Film and Aidio Visual Media

K Road is rapidly developing as a film and audio visual precinct. It has 6 independent film makers, three screening venues, an independent television station, a radio station and NZ's only television arts channel.

Descarga Cubana screens its Cinechico international short films monthly.

The Moving Image Centre (MIC) promotes a dynamic and growing culture of media-arts practice, supporting an environment of innovation, in which fusion of art and technology is developed and nurtured. Interdigitate is an essential part of it’s annual programme. Artists selected reflect and share an artistic vision of screen based work that is at the cutting edge of new media art, installation and performance.

The New Zealand Film Archive has three principal functions—to collect, protect and project New Zealand’s moving image heritage. Established in 1981, the Film Archive is an independent charitable trust overseen by a Board of Trustees representing film, archival, Maori and community interests. The Film Archive’s constitution and kaupapa express a unique commitment to collect, protect and project New Zealand’s film and television history.


Subversive, emerging and fine art are found on K Road. 11 contemporary art galleries as diverse as Aotearoa’s finest urban graffiti art to leading contemporary New Zealand artists are now located there.

Karangahape Road Online hosts an ‘Arts Openings and Events’ calendar and a brochure and map, ARTWALK K Road.

Pop culture

The song "Verona" by New Zealand rock band Elemeno P - from their album "Love and Disrespect" - refers to the cafe/restaurant/bar of the same name on Karangahape Road. Verona can be found at 169 Karangahape Road. The current Verona building dates from the mid 1920s and gets its name from the Victorian house that once stood on the site, Mrs Bishop's "Verona" Boarding House. Elemeno P Elemeno P are a New Zealand based band. ...

Recently additions included Disrupt Gallery & Disruptiv - home of emerging urban & aerosol art exhibitions and the offices of Professional graffiti writers of Disruptiv. Artists include Askew, Pest5, and Deus.

Karangahape Road is also home to K FM Radio. K FM Radio is a radio station broadcasting from Karangahape Road in Auckland, New Zealand. ...

External links

  • Karangahape Road Online

  Results from FactBites:
Karangahape Road - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (690 words)
Karangahape Road is located close to the centre of Auckland city, and runs perpendicular to Queen Street.
Karangahape Road runs in a north-east to east direction and feeds onto Grafton Bridge to the east.
Karangahape Road is also home to K FM Radio.
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