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Devonport (New Zealand)

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Devonport is a ward in the North Shore, a city in greater Auckland.

Understand[edit]

Devonport was one of the earliest settled parts of Auckland. Originally a farming and shipbuilding area, subdivisions in the 1880's resulted in the large wooden villas being built which are very much part of the modern-day charm.

  • Devonport Visitor Information Centre, Address 3 Victoria Road, phone 09 446 0677. Open M - F 8 AM - 5 PM, Sa & Su & public holidays 8:30 AM - 5 PM.
  • VisitDevonport - Devonport’s Official Tourist and Holiday Information Site, provides useful visitor information about Devonport attractions and operators with inspiration for planning your trip to Devonport.[1]

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By road[edit]

Head north across the harbour bridge on the motorway. Take the Northcote off-ramp. Turn right, cross the motorway and follow the signs. Devonport is the next ward to the south of Takapuna. It states to get off at Northcote - if coming from Auckland City the "ESMONDE ROAD" offramp is the one to take.

By ferry[edit]

Take the ferry from Auckland to Devonport.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Devonport Village, a 10-minute ferry ride from Auckland. It is on a peninsula with views over the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Very easy to explore on foot with an interesting Edwardian village-like atmosphere. Visit the many cafés, art galleries and shops. It is the home to NZ's naval base and the Navy Museum.
  • Navy Museum, Address Spring Street, phone number +64 9 445 5186 (fax +64 9 445 5046). Open 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. The collection documents New Zealand's rich naval heritage. There are displays of uniforms, ships, artifacts and naval memorabilia. Admission by donation. [2]
  • Devonport Museum, located on Cambria Reserve at 33A Vauxhall Road, phone number +64 9 445 2661 (email info@devonportmuseum.org.nz). Open weekends 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The Museum is housed in the old Presbyterian Church and specialises in memorabilia pertaining to the history of Devonport. Admission is free but a small donation is appreciated. [3]
  • Climb to the top of Mount Victoria, a fairly easy stroll along Kerr Street. This is an ideal vantage point for spectacular views over the city and harbour. It is an extinct volcanic cone.


Do[edit][add listing]

  • North Head, take a stroll around. It's in Devonport located at the mouth of the Waitemata Harbour. It has stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf and inner harbour. Look out for the complex of tunnels, guns and other fortifications. Spending a day exploring the tunnels and having a picnic is strongly advised. North Head offers spectacular views of North Shore City, Auckland City, the harbour bridge and the volcanic island of Rangitoto. [4]
  • Take a Devonport Tour round the twin volcanoes with views from the summit and learn about the area's history. Two hours minimum. Phone 09 357 6366. Departs Auckland on the hour from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM (both times inclusive) daily. You can leave the coach at any point and get picked up by the next tour so there is ample time to explore. $25 includes return ferry ticket, tour and time for coffee.
  • Devonport Historic Walk, a pamphlet is available at the Visitor's Centre.
  • Cheltenham Beach. A safe, tidal beach and so is popular with families. It can be easily accessed from North Head. There is a grassed area for the kids to run around and for picnics.
  • Devonport Beach. Ideal for swimming with a pontoon not far from the beach. It is close to the main shopping centre. There is a children's playground nearby (next to the Public Library).
  • Narrow Neck Beach. This is close to Devonport. Very popular and safe with a shop that sells ice creams, lollies etc. There is a playground for the kids and BBQ facilities are provided. Ideal for picnics.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Devonport Chocolates, home made chocolates. Address 17 Wynyard St. Make your own selection or buy a pre-selected box. You can watch the chocolates being made through the viewing window. Phone 0800 002462 (NZ only) (email info@devonportchocolates.co.nz, fax +64 9 445 6040) [5]
  • Hard To Find (But Worth The Effort), one of the best quality second hand bookshops in Auckland. Address 81a Victoria Road. Phone +64 9 446 0300 (email books3@hardtofind.co.nz, fax +64 9 445 8592)
  • Citrus T'Arts (Garden Art With Zest!), Bayswater, North Shore (Devonport Craft Market, 1st Sunday every month, 10-3), 09 445 9575 email: citrustarts@hotmail.com, [6]. Original, NZ handmade garden art - a unique gift for every occasion.  edit

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Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Devonport Food & Wine Festival is held in February each year. Tickets $20 (includes glass) are on sale in February at Red Ticket (www.redtickets.co.nz, Freephone 0800 000 575 (NZ only)) or at any PostShop. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day. Enquiries jan@devonportwinefestival.co.nz, phone 09 445 0685. [7]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Esplanade Hotel, Address 1 Victoria Road phone number ++64 9 445 1291 (email reservations@esplanadehotel.co.nz, fax ++64 9 445 1999). City and sea views. One of the city's oldest hotels, now refurbished as a boutique hotel. Upmarket. [8]
  • Beresford B&B Homestay (email: beresfordhomestay@email.com), Beresford St, Bayswater (5 mins from Devonport, Takapuna, motorway N or S), +64 9 4453959, [9]. checkin: flexible; checkout: flexible. Modern home located in peaceful suburb just across the harbour from city. Close to ferry, bus, beaches, shopping, restaurants, theatres. Your own TV lounge, all mod cons and amenities. Dble $110-$125 Sgle $85-$100.  edit


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