Devonport (New Zealand)

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Devonport is in the North Shore, in Auckland.


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, phone 09 446 0677. Open 8:30 AM - 5 PM.

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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 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. Has 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.
  • Navy Museum, Spring Street, phone +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. [1]
  • Devonport Museum, located on Cambria Reserve at 33A Vauxhall Road, phone +64 9 445 2661 (email 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. [2]
  • 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 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. Explore the tunnels and have a picnic. North Head offers spectacular views of the city, the harbour bridge and the volcanic island of Rangitoto.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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, fax +64 9 445 6040) [3]

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  • The Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Road phone +64 9 445 1291 (email, fax ++64 9 445 1999). City and sea views. One of the city's oldest hotels, now refurbished as a boutique hotel. Upmarket. [4]

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