About Devonport

DevonportA Village to Explore

 

Devonport is one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs and is well known for its independent spirit and activist community. Devonport's Local Authority was the first to provide voting rights for women, establish a free library, initiate a comprehensive recycling programme, as well as being the first authority to declare itself nuclear free.

Enjoying close proximity to the CBD, it has a relaxed seaside vibe and a strong link to the arts, music & literary scene, playing host to major arts events GLOW@Artweek and New Zealand Sculpture on Shore. The main shopping precinct is filled with galleries and boutique shops, as well as talented artisans such as Peter Raos

Named after the Devonport naval base in England, Devonport is also home to the NZ Navy and is also the site of the Tainui Waka landing. Devonport has a rich archaeological, maritime and boat building history and two of the country's most noted yachties Sir Peter Blake and Bruce Farr are from these parts. 

Whether it's an hour, a short trip or a lengthy stay, there's so much to explore in Devonport... 

 

Victoria Road Shops

Devonport Ferry Terminal

View of Fort North Head

 

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DestinationThe perfect short trip

 

Only 10 minutes from the city by ferry and with easy access to many of Auckland's best golden beaches and with miles of waterfront, Devonport is a perfect place for walking, Explorer Bus, Segway, or cycling tours. Take just a few hours to discover a variety of studio art galleries, independent bookstores and boutique shops or the three maunga (mountains) that are geographic icons. Stay a while and enjoy a movie at the historic Vic Theatre, Auckland’s oldest surviving purpose built movie theatre, now an independent theatre offering the latest movies, local music and performing arts. Choose from a variety of top restaurants and a thriving café culture. Dine al fresco, enjoy the views, street art, and the ambiance of village life.

Our town centre is compact and easy to get around. One of the best heritage streetscapes in Auckland, the village offers a truly unique boutique shopping experience. The stores are local independent businesses offering friendly personal service and a wonderful range of products, including NZ designed fashion, design and gift shops.

Rich in both Māori and early colonial history, Devonport offers some of the best views in Auckland. Standing tall above the Devonport town centre is Takarunga / Mount Victoria, the highest volcano on Auckland's North Shore, rising to 87 m. Its lava flows now line much of Devonport's waterfront and can be seen jutting out as craggy black rocks at low tide. An important Pā once occupied its slopes, and remnants of the Pā's earthworks can still be seen. The name Takarunga means "the hill standing above". For the very best sunset views of Auckland City and the harbour, climb this treasured local landmark. A relatively easy 20 minute climb will get you to the summit.

Finish the day with a well earned drink & delicious local cuisine at one of the lively bars or pubs in town before heading back to the city via the ferry. Devonport offers a range of casual bistro type restaurants set in relaxed surroundings with great food at reasonable prices. Alternatively, stay the night in one of the boutique accommodation providers and make it a perfect weekend.

 

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