Guide To: Devonport

Guide To: Devonport

Pretty little seaside village with awesome views - just a quick ferry ride from downtown Auckland. 12 minutes in fact and yet you'll feel like you're a million miles away from the frenetic pace of the city.

You can't help but soak up the relaxed village vibe in Devonport. It's set on a peninsula so there's no such thing as drive-through traffic - you're either visiting or lucky enough to live there.

Charming, delightful and picture-perfect are apt descriptives for Devonport. The locals have fought to preserve Devonport's heritage and the area boasts an impressive collection of beautifully restored Victorian villas. Devonport also has the oldest purpose-built cinema that's still in existence in the southern hemisphere.

Devonport's visual appeal goes beyond its stunning beaches. Popular lookout spots offer jaw-dropping views of the Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto Island and the Auckland city skyline. Mount Victoria and North Head are extinct volcanic cones and are two of Devonport's natural treasures.

History buffs can delve into the area's rich military past. North Head Historical Reserve is one of the most significant coastal defence sites in the country. A popular self-guided walk takes in fortifications, gun emplacements and a military tunnel complex. It's also a great spot for enjoying fish and chips with a view.

Devonport is also home to the Royal New Zealand Navy. Its namesake originated from the naval base in England. The impressive Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay is housed in a 19th Century submarine mining station and pays homage to New Zealand's brave sea warriors. It also has a lovely cafe with awesome views.

Devonport's picturesque village setting has attracted artists, writers, crafts people and musicians for many years. Devonport's thriving arts scene can be appreciated at the acclaimed galleries in the area. Fans of folk music can see a gig at The Bunker - a unique and historic music venue located on the side of Mount Victoria.

Getting around Devonport is easy. Stroll around at your leisure or take one of the self-guided walks. A novel way and exhilarating way to see the sights of Devonport is by segway. Join a guided segway tour or go on a do-it-yourself adventure after some initial training on how to glide.

When you need a break from exploring or shopping - head to one of Devonport's popular eating establishments. There's a plethora of choice on Victoria Road plus some popular local haunts dotted around the village.

If chocolate is your indulgence of choice - visit Devonport's famous chocolate makers on Wynyard Street. For something different sample their decadent truffles infused with kiwi flavours including feijoa, horopito and kawakawa.

For the low-down on more to see and do in delightful Devonport check out

Tanya Carey -

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