Auckland Heritage Festival 2020 on Karangahape

Mulitple Dates
Discovering the Hidden Past - Symonds Street Cemetery Tour (For Adults)
Hidden among the bustle of busy motorways and inner city streets is Auckland’s oldest cemetery set in a secret garden of wild bush and streams. Explore the stories of the past through a guided walk visiting the graves of New Zealand’s founding families.
Learn about the many communities represented in the burial grounds, including Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, Presbyterian, Methodist and Māori.

Tues 29th September 10:30am - 11:30am
Symonds Street Cemetery - Kids Tour!
Hidden among the bustle of busy motorways and inner city streets is Auckland’s oldest cemetery set in a secret garden of wild bush and streams.
Kids are welcome to come along on this special discovery tour through the hidden gardens of Symonds Street Cemetery. Learn about New Zealand’s founding families and the fascinating stories of the past. All welcome, suitable for children of all ages.

Multiple Dates
Te Awa I Te Pō - Karangahape HikoiUntil the middle of the 20th century Karangahape Road was the only street in central Auckland with a Māori name, as it predates the European settlement. Symonds Street and Karangahape Road follow main ridges forming part of an extensive walking route used by Māori to reach the Manukau Harbour. This route was known as Te Ara o Karangahape – The Path of Karangahape.
Te Awa i Te Pō reflects the underlying waterways that connect underground as historical and geographical features that represent the social and cultural identity of Karangahape Road.

6th Oct
Under the Red Umbrella - Stories of the Red Light District
The displacement of residents and retail in the 1960s turned Karangahape Road from one of Auckland's premier shopping streets into New Zealand's most notorious red light district. Join experienced heritage tour guide Julie Gunn on this unique, guided walking tour of the former red light district. This tour visits areas of the former red light district delving into the stories of sex workers, club owners, and others who are part of Karangahape Road's colourful culture and history.

9th Oct
K'Road Treasures - Kids Tour
Explore K'Road's hidden treasures in a tour of Auckland's iconic Karangahape Rd. This family-friendly tour bridges the past to the present, visiting a pick'n'mix of treasures along K'Road. Bring the kids along to explore stories of arts, culture, and history of Auckland's most famous street.

10th Oct
Karangahape Tala Pasifika - Urban Stories & Musika
After World War II, Pacific migrants were arriving with rural Māori into Auckland's central business district. Auckland became known as the largest Polynesian city in the world.
Join the Pua brothers in this entertaining free walking tour along Karangahape Road as they share stories of the old K'Road through music, poetry and performance.

Thur 1 Oct & Sun 4 Oct: 10:30am - 12pm
Sun 11 Oct: 1:30pm - 3pm

Karangahape Road: Walk and Explore  **New addition to the programme**

Explore the sites and stories of Karangahape Road in this conversational style tour. Meet others and share your own stories as we explore together Karangahape Road's social and cultural history.
This walk will be following the self-guided tour on the AKL City Tours app. This is a chance to meet other people and share your own stories of Karangahape Road while learning about the history of the area. We’ll meet as a group and a tour facilitator will introduce each site from the Karangahape Road self-guided tour and then open it up to conversation.

This style of tour encourages group participation and is a great way to learn about the history of the city with others, get some fresh air and exercise, and meet new people.

Meeting location will be shared upon registration. Please register online here.