Officially named Karangahape Road, Aucklanders all fondly refer to this eclectic street as simply K’Road. Historically, K’Road was Auckland’s red light district and home to all sorts of sex shops, strip clubs, and sex workers. Since 2003’s legalisation of prostitution in New Zealand, K’Road has become a lot safer and mainstream, while still managing to maintain its colourful character. Today, K’Road is loved by Aucklanders of all ages for its nightlife, art, fashion, and individuality. The strip of K’Road between the top of Queen Street and the K’Road Overbridge is where all the action happens, bursting with vintage clothing stores and smattered with bars and restaurants to suit every preference. Coco’s Cantina
and The Peach Pit are two must-taste eateries decorating the main drag.
St Kevin’s Arcade is a covered pedestrian walkway to Myers Park, and is home to some of K’Road’s best boutique and vintage stores. Bohemian cafes Alleluya and Honeytrap serve up some of the arcade’s best food and coffee, while Whammy Bar and The Wine Cellar are both great late night bars, often hosting great late night events. And speaking of late night events, Studio is one of K’Road’s premier live music venues, having hosted acts like Bone Thugs n Harmony and Ellie Goulding. K’Road also boasts a very proud gay community—head along to Family Bar, The Eagle Bar or Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret for a fun and colourful night out.
While K’Road is a safe place to be, it can seem a little sinister after the bars begin to close. Stick with friends at the end of the night and always be vigilant, but also keep in mind that K’Road’s bark is worse than its bite.
Top Tip Just off K’Road, at the bottom of Mercury Lane, you’ll find Mercury Plaza. A run-down but much-loved Asian food court and a favourite of Aucklanders everywhere. Mercury Plaza serves all types of delicious Asian food at a reasonable price, every day of the week.
Ponsonby, Auckland City, Eden Terrace, Grafton.