Documentation of "Finding the Ghosts of K Road" © Tracey Benson 2014

This article documents the waypoints of the tour of Karangahape Road titled Finding the Ghosts of K Road being presented as part of the ADA Mesh Cities Symposium in Auckland in September 2014.

You don’t have to be in Auckland to experience this work. You can also use the app with the landmark building images in this blog post.

For a sneak preview of some of the historic photographs, you can check out the photo essay. To hear about this and similar projects, I will be participating in a panel at ADA Mesh Cities on Sunday 14 September – Performing the City.

There is also a printable version of the map for Finding the Ghosts of K Road.

Technical specifications

Finding the Ghosts of K Road uses augmented reality, and to view it you must have an internet enabled mobile device running iOS
or Android (tablet or smartphone). You must also have the “Aurasma” app installed.
To install Aurasma:


  • Search for and download the “Aurasma” app in Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • 
Launch the app, click on the “A” symbol at the bottom of the screen, then click on the
magnifying glass icon.
  • In the search box, type in “bytetime” and click “Search”.
 Select the channel titled “bytetime” then click “Follow” to follow the channel.

Now you are ready to view the work. When you are in front of one of the building landmarks 
documented in the ‘Finding the Ghosts of K Road’ map or this blog post, click the target icon (bottom centre of the screen) and hold your device in front of the frame to watch it animate. Any time you want to view the work in future, simply launch Aurasma, and it will be ready to go.

Note: make sure you are connected to the Internet before 
holding your device up to the building ‘clue’ from this blog.

A big thanks to Edward Bennett for his assistance to develop the waypoints and for creating the map pictured here.

The Ghosts of K Road walking map by Edward Bennett

The Ghosts of K Road walking map by Edward Bennett

Here is your stop-by-stop guide to Finding the Ghosts of K Road, have fun!

Begin at Artspace: go west along south side
1. National Bank – 345 Karangahape Rd (7-A4489)

1.National Bank

1.National Bank

2. North view (Rising Sun Pub) (4-2353)

2. North view (Rising Sun Pub)

2. North view (Rising Sun Pub)

3. North view. Newton Arcade (4-2354 )

3. North view. Newton Arcade

3. North view. Newton Arcade

4. Hellaby’s corner – 469 Karangahape Rd (4-1933)

4. Hellaby’s corner - 469 Karangahape Rd

4. Hellaby’s corner – 469 Karangahape Rd

5. Garret’s Buildings – 473 Karangahape Rd ( 4-2357)

5. Garret’s Buildings - 473 Karangahape Rd

5. Garret’s Buildings – 473 Karangahape Rd

6. M.J.Bennett Ltd – 529 Karangahape Rd (4-2358 )

6. M.J.Bennett Ltd - 529 Karangahape Rd

6. M.J.Bennett Ltd – 529 Karangahape Rd

7. Hereford Buildings – 537 Karangahape Rd (4-2359)

7. Hereford Buildings - 537 Karangahape Rd

7. Hereford Buildings – 537 Karangahape Rd

8. View of Newton Gully ( 4-1962)

8. View of Newton Gully

8. View of Newton Gully

Cross to north side

9. Star Hotel – 382 Karangahape Rd (4-2382)

9. Star Hotel - 382 Karangahape Rd

9. Star Hotel – 382 Karangahape Rd

10. Church of the Epiphany- 358 Karangahape Rd (4-4171)

10. Church of the Epiphany- 358 Karangahape Rd

10. Church of the Epiphany- 358 Karangahape Rd

11. Gundry Street (4-1932 )

11. Gundry Street

11. Gundry Street

12. Pink Pussy Cat Club

12. Pink Pussy Cat

12. Pink Pussy Cat

13. Purchas Block – 444 Karangahape Rd (4-1939)

13. Purchas Block - 444 Karangahape Rd

13. Purchas Block – 444 Karangahape Rd

14. South View with 1878 Post Office. (4-2377)

14. South View with 1878 Post Office.

14. South View with 1878 Post Office.

15. Newton Hotel (4-2374)

15. Newton Hotel

15. Newton Hotel

16. Bon Marche Chambers – 322 Karangahape Rd (4-2373)

16. Bon Marche Chambers - 322 Karangahape Rd

16. Bon Marche Chambers – 322 Karangahape Rd

17. ANZ – 312 Karangahape Rd (4-2252)

17. ANZ - 312 Karangahape Rd

17. ANZ – 312 Karangahape Rd

18. 1973 Newton Post Office

18. 1973 Newton Post Office

18. 1973 Newton Post Office

19. Hannah’s Shoe Shop

19. Hannah’s Shoe Shop

19. Hannah’s Shoe Shop

20. Pitt Street Church and School (4-946)

20. Pitt Street Church and School

20. Pitt Street Church and School

21. Pitt Street Intersection (AWNS-19081015-2-3)

21. Pitt Street Intersection

21. Pitt Street Intersection

Cross to south side

22. Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre

23. Pitt Street Buildings (1-W883)

23. Pitt Street Buildings

23. Pitt Street Buildings

24. Queen Street intersection (AWNS-19081015-2-2)

24. Queen Street intersection

24. Queen Street intersection

25. Missing shops (1-W424)

25. Missing shops

25. Missing shops

26. Tivoli Picture Theatre (1-W1606)

26. Tivoli Picture Theatre

26. Tivoli Picture Theatre

27. Partington’s Windmill ( 4-8560)

27. Partington’s Windmill

27. Partington’s Windmill

Cross to north side

28. Cemetery Corner (1-W1683)

28. Cemetery Corner

28. Cemetery Corner

29. Baptist Tabernacle (4-3545)

29. Baptist Tabernacle

29. Baptist Tabernacle

30. Rendell’s Department Store (35-R29)

30. Rendell’s Department Store

30. Rendell’s Department Store

31. St Keven’s House ( 370-9316)

31. St Keven’s House

31. St Keven’s House

32. View of the Waihorotui Gully ( 4-2744)

32. View of the Waihorotui Gully

32. View of the Waihorotui Gully

33. Myers Kindergarten (236-7522)

Myers Kindergarten

Myers Kindergarten

Through to Aotea Square

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    About Tracey’s latest Augmented Reality project being presented in Auckland next week

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About bytetime

Tracey M Benson is a lover of travel, having a diverse background as an artist, writer and researcher. Working with online environments since 1994, Tracey's experience includes providing digital media, web and social media solutions to government, non-profit, private industry and tertiary sectors. Her focus is on sustainability behaviour change and the use of communications and emerging technologies to empower community and build culture.

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