Wonderful heritage buildings, spectacular scenery, stunning beaches… Devonport, the beautiful village by the sea has it all, and at just 10 minutes ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD it is wonderfully easy to visit.
You’ll fall in love with Devonport from the moment you arrive; in fact you may never want to leave! It’s no wonder that Devonport rates so highly on nearly every Kiwi’s “must-do” list and it’s the 4th most visited destination in the Auckland region.
Surrounded by the stunning waters of the Waitemata Harbour, Devonport is blessed with boundless natural beauty, from the twin volcanic cones of Mount Victoria and North Head, offering some of the most spectacular views in Auckland, to its superb, safe white sand beaches.
Experience the art galleries, cafes, boutique shopping, the history and the delights of all that Devonport has to offer.
We were at the Flagstaff gallery the other day and what a place – the owner Cary is friendly and more then happy to help you chose the “right piece” – well worth a visit
Auckland is the world’s 5th most liveable city* and Devonport is Auckland’s Crown Jewel. So come on over… you’ll love it!
* According to the Lonely Planet Guide
Things to Do
No visit to Devonport is complete without experiencing all that this village by the sea has to offer. Take time to experience the truly spectacular city and harbour views from the summits of Mt Victoria (Takarunga) and North Head (Takapuna), both of which were Maori Pa sites (fortified villages) and are both still fortresses of sorts today, with the Navy maintaining a presence. Both have gun embankments, bunkers and North Head is riddled with tunnels, many of which are accessible to the public and all dating back to the end of the 19th century.
Perhaps a more relaxed pace is more to your liking. Devonport is blessed with five beautiful white sand beaches all within walking distance from Mainstreet. So whether it’s relaxing under the striking red flowers of the pohutukawa trees framing Devonport beach, swimming at Torpedo Bay or Cheltenham beach or eating an ice cream at Narrow Neck beach, you’re bound to find your perfect spot in the sand.
To get a taste of the real Devonport, you’re best to take a wander around the local streets, discovering the many heritage buildings and grand 19th century villas that contribute to Devonport’s unique charm and character.
Most of Devonport can be explored on foot or perhaps you could hire a bicycle or take a fun Segway Tour by Magic Broomstick Tours. Alternatively Devonport Tours operates organized mini bus tours departing from the ferry building.
Devonport has always attracted a wide and diverse range of artists, writers, poets and craftspeople that live work and display their wares here. The numerous galleries – displaying oils and watercolours, glass art, ceramics and just about every media imaginable – combine with studios open to public viewing, bespoke jewellery manufacturers and a quirky craft market, to cement Devonport’s place as Urban Arts Village and Arts centre of Auckland.