It's a beautiful historic seaside village which still has much of the old world charm about it.
One of the earliest European settlements in New Zealand history, many of the houses are fine examples of early colonial New Zealand architecture, mostly of timber construction, built around the end of the 1800s.
Getting there is easy
We like to jump on one of the Auckland, New Zealand ferries from the ferry building on Quay Street and take the 10 minute trip across the Waitemata Harbour to Devonport Auckland which leaves every 30 minutes and every 15 minutes in the rush hour. Pick up your free Auckland city guide here which will give you loads of useful information.
You can also drive there over the Auckland Harbour Bridge but I don't find this as interesting as the ferry ride and at rush hour it could take an eternity.
As we live in Eastern Auckland we often choose to use the ferry from Half Moon Bay into the city centre instead of battling in with the car and trying to find a parking place, it can be a real pain in Auckland. The ferry is much more enjoyable.
Incidently, if you are planning to do the Auckland harbour sight seeing cruise I would recommend taking the Devonport ferry instead, it's the cheapest way to see Auckland Harbour and the city skyline. Of course you won't get the commentary so bring a good guide book and read it yourself.
Devonport Auckland Tourist Video
Once in Devonport Auckland North Shore you can sit and relax at one of over 30 cafes and restaurants or take a walk along the main street, 'Victoria Street'. We can recommend an excellent fish and chip shop just across the road from the park.
Another great place to visit is Whites Dairy on Vauxhall Rd, they make New Zealand's largest ice creams. Always a hit with the kids.
We like to wander around the arts and crafts shops, view the flowers, stroll along the beaches and take in the views from the volcanoes, Mount Victoria and North Head.
From the ferry landing at Torpedo Wharf it's only a short walk along Victoria Street to the top of Mt Victoria . It's quite steep but should only take you around 15 mins.
It's really worth doing, the views of the City of Sails from here are magnificent, especially in the evening so make sure to take your camera with you. There's a light house and WWII watch towers at the top of Mount Victoria for you and the kids to explore.
To get up to North Head from the Devonport Ferry will take you around 25 minutes but it's well worth the effort, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf islands, Auckland city and the distinctive island of Rangitoto which is the youngest and largest of the volcanoes which erupted into existance only around 500 - 600 years ago.
Explore the WW II bunker tunnels and the old guns from the first world war.
Devonport North Head is where the national base of the Royal New Zealand Navy is established. The've got a museum here which is open daily. I'm told it's interesting and worth a visit but I haven't got around to it yet. When I do I'll be sure to add a page about it.
While in Devonport we like to visit Cheltenham
a safe, white sand beach great for family swimming. It's our personal favourite. Take a pic-nic and a blanket, sit back and take in the scenery. It's free!
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