The Block NZ is a TV3 home renovation show. The Public Open Day is 6 August. Organisers expect up to 6,000 people. They will be able to meet the contestants and see the houses. Residents within the immediate area are bracing for the onslaught of people. We encourage you to share details of the closure with family, friends and neighbours, and to expect heavy traffic.
Open home site and road closure
St Johns Road from Dorchester Street until Blackett Crescent will be closed from 7:30pm until as late as 5pm on Saturday, August 6. The event itself will run from 9am until 3pm.
Buses travelling along St Johns Road will be diverted along Dorchester Street, Parsons Road, Fancourt Street and Blackett Crescent. There will be signs up for a week beforehand and well to the east alternative routes will be advised. People travelling west can also take a left onto Truman Street, a right onto Norman Lesser Drive, and a right onto Gerard Way.
Bike: Locals and keen cyclists can take advantage of the free bike racks at The Block site provided by Auckland Transport. If you need assistance with routes, get in touch with Bike Eastern Suburbs at or on Facebook.
Train: You can catch the train to Meadowbank Station and walk from there (1.6km / 20 minutes walk through the lovely streets of Meadowbank – see map below and here’s a link to directions from Google Maps):
Bus: Several buses travel along St Johns Rd and will take you within a few minutes walk of the site. Visit at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry to view the best route for you.
What to do in Meadowbank & St Johns after the event!
Why not stay a while and explore our two suburbs? There’s plenty to do, see and eat, including:
- Waiatarua Reserve: a wetland bird sanctuary and off-leash dog park (yes those two things can peacefully co-exist!). Entrances off Grand Drive and Towle Place, St Johns
- Orakei Basin: you can do a loop walk right around the basin and get stunning views of Auckland city. Entrances off Meadowbank Rd, and Purewa Rd (plus more entrances in Remuera and Orakei)
- Rutherford Reserve playground: Brand-new kids playground opened just last month, plus flying fox. Best entrance is from Archdall St
- Purewa Cemetery: You can take a leisurely walk through the lovely grounds of this cemetery
- Meadow restaurant: Just got a very favourable review in the NZ Herald on July 24, 2016
- Cirrus Cafe, Columbus Coffee and Meadowbank Bakery: solid local options for a quick and tasty meal. Plus more food options (including Countdown supermarket) in Meadowbank Mall.