Originally named for Queen Victoria (circa 1840), Queen Street is the major commercial street in Auckland's CBD. it starts at Queen's Wharf on the water and extends for more than 3 kilometers up to Karangahape Road (you know it as K Road). It was the first street in New Zealand to be asphalted and also the first one with a Tram. Queen Street houses branches (multiple) of every major bank as well as scores of stores ranging from stationery to the old glamour of Auckland department store Smith & Caughey. If you are looking for chain restaurants, this is also the place with all the major represented. It also houses the best bookstores in town (Whitcoull's, Border's, and Dymock's). If it is Christmas time when you visit, be sure to check out the giant Santa above the entrance to Whitcoull's. In keeping with its stature as an important street, parades and demonstrations are held here (including the infamous Bikes N Boobs).
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