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Cuba Street is downtown's creative quarter with its eclectic array of old and new shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafes and slightly rundown aura. It is named after the New Zealand Company ship Cuba that arrived with some of the areas first settlers in 1840. A part of the street has been closed off to cars and provides a pleasant place to amble or take coffee al fresco. The kids will like it here too - there is a small children's playground and the beloved bucket fountain that could splatter those getting too close anytime.