Hosted at Napier's iconic East Pier & Crown Hotel situated at the entrance of historic Port Ahuriri. Like any waterfront location Ahuriri is a vibrant village overflowing with cafes, bars, galleries, deli’s & Napier most famous landmark, the Art Deco Rothmans Building.
The K.A.N venues have unimpeded views onto Hawkes Bay.
K.A.N Registration provides access to: KAN HQ , exclusive traders market, yarn factory tour & of course plenty of knitting. You can also increase your KAN experience and add classes from internationally renown tutors or have fun at the KAN Soiree.
"Napier is one of New Zealand's most attractive cities, located at the south of the Hawkes Bay, just 20 minutes out of Hastings. Palm trees line the inner-city streets and the wonderfully sculpted Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the shore of the city. Along Marine Parade various parks, gardens and memorials give the water’s edge its distinct character, and you'll also find the i-SITE Visitor Centre and various local attractions.
Known as the Art Deco City, Napier has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world. Every February, thousands of people flock to Napier to celebrate the Art Deco Weekend Summer Festival, sending the township back to a time of new hope. The Festival celebrates the reconstruction of Napier City after a devastating earthquake in 1931. Music, performers, dancing in the street; trains, planes and automobiles; picnics, galas and frivolity in true vintage style bring the 1930s back to life.
Napier is also the home of New Zealand wine, housing the oldest wineries and wine-making establishments in the country. With some of the best sunshine hours in New Zealand, mountainous shelter from prevailing westerly winds, and refreshing sea breezes, not only is Napier a great climate for visiting, but is ideal for grape growing."
Ahuriri is one of the oldest settlements in Napier. It is the original Maritime community which straddled the Ahuriri estuary & Port. The hub of the historical Napier community, this all abruptly got turned on it’s head in 1931 with the Napier Earthquake. In a few short minutes mother nature thrust Ahuriri & her estuary 8 odd metres upwards. The change for the community was profound, but being tough seafaring types, they rolled their sleeves up established a new port & just got on with it.
Ideal for those who love to take a gentle stroll, Ahuriri is part of the Rotary Walkway, an extensive pathway for walkers, joggers & cyclists to enjoy the delights of Hawkes Bay at a gentler pace. From the walkway you get an excellent view of the before & after implication of the 1931 earthquake, the architecture, the rebuilding of the port community & the sense of Napiers’ Art Deco spirit. The Knit August Nights venue, East Pier, is situated right on the walkway & from there it is an easy walk into the Napier CBD (20 min), Ahuriri Village (3 min), West Quay Bars & Cafes (8 min), & the world famous Rothmans Building (5 min).
Ahuriri is also the heart of the vibrant cafe scene in Napier, with over 15 bars & eateries all within a 10 minute walk from KAN central. If you feel like venturing further afield, the Napier i-site on Marine Parade is a wealth of information about local attractions, tours, arts & much more. There they can help you indulge in your passion for wine, food, shopping, arts, nature, history & of course Art Deco!