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Wednesday 08 April 2009

Finding NZ's gay bars on Google's Street View

Posted in: Community
By Matt Akersten - 2nd December 2008

Google's new Street View guide to NZ was launched today. We wondered how their photographers made our favourite gay community drinking hotspots look…

This shot of the corner of Auckland K' Road and Pitt Street must have been taken on a cloudy and windy day sometime in the last few months – the Naval and Family's rainbow flag stands proudly erect:


Sadly, we can't see Family nightclub, the entrance to NV, Rainbow Youth or even Urge bar, as those sections of K' Road aren't photographed by Google yet. Kamo looks great though:


On Ponsonby Road, the camp 'n colourful Dorothy's Sister was very easy to find:


And before we leave Auckland, here is Verity & Lisa's lovely Garnet Station coffee bar in Westmere, with a gorgeous cloud formation behind it:


A little white awning marks the smoking area and entrance to Hamilton's gay nightclub Shine on Victoria Street:


A nondescript alleyway takes Palmerston North punters to Club Q (thanks to 'eXctrik' on's Forum for this one):


Here's another gay bar that has a Subway next to it. We must like their good 6-inches… or foot-longs? This is an old picture of Wellington's Club Ivy, though – from even before it became 'Imerst':


Another oldish photo from Wellington shows Cuba Street's S&M bar before Mal and Scotty moved in:


It was a sunny day when Google visited Christchurch, and on the ground floor of this imposing building on Lichfield Street you can see the 'M' for the Ministry nightclub, with Cruz nightclub to be found above:


And finally, a suitably pink sign shows you where Miss Mole's Flamingo Bar is at Christchurch's Civic Centre on Manchester Street:


Google's video about its new Street View service is shown below, and we invite you to show us the places that mean something to you on Google Maps via's Forum, linked below.

Matt Akersten - 2nd December 2008