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Day trip to Devonport

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Day trip to Devonport
The atmosphere of small town

Handcrafted, melt in the mouth chocolates is a great reason to visit Devonport. And you don’t need to drive, battling the frequent traffic holdups on the single road access to Devonport. A Fullers Ferry pass is ideal for a relaxed day trip. The Devenport ferry terminal is a 5 minute walk to the main street. Devonport is a great place to visit year round as there are numerous tempting shops, cafes and museums to pop into if the weather packs up.

Devonport Naval Museum view of city centre

Arrival - morning
Ferry ride
Auckland’s suburbs

The ferry departs every 30 minutes starting from the early hour of 6.15am (commuter ferry traffic to Auckland CBD) ceasing late in the evening. The ferry ride is a treat with the Hauraki Gulf sweeping into view and the Waitemata Harbour providing glimpses of Auckland’s suburbs. Your ferry ticket includes the bonus of an hour’s guided tour. For repeat visitors perhaps there is something you missed and here is a chance to further explore. For first time visitors you obtain a perspective of the city from the water. A view that early settlers had of their new home. There has been human occupation of the area approximately 900 years.

Waitemata Harbour, Auckland @Sandy Austin

Victorian shopping street
Victoria Picture Palace
Mt Victoria

If you have time, browse Devonport’s wide range of crafts, gifts, fashion and jewellery stores which line the village’s high street. It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift for someone or a treat for yourself. Many of the lower buildings on Devonport’s high street were erected in the late 1880’s after a fire destroyed the original wooden ones. Pop in for a snack in the Stone Oven cafe housed in the original Devonport Automatic Telephone Exchange. The art deco post office is now a cafe. Definitely worth a stop.

Victoria Picture Palace @risingroads

The Arcade Building & Museum
The Devenport Museum
The Satellite Exhibition

The Devonport Museum is located in the pretty Mt Cambria reserve at 33A Vauxhall Road. This is a short 15 minute walk from the village shops, along the Devonport waterfront and then up Church St past the historic Holy Trinity Church and turn right into Vauxhall Road. For Location and hours before planning a visit.  Admission is free, but a small donation would be appreciated. We welcome group bookings and are able to provide a guide. We have good kitchen and toilet facilities and wheelchair access.

The Arcade Building @NZ Herald

Art Galleries
Art escape
Art of the Sea

For collectors, fans and visitors wanting to window shop Devonport is a great destination for art galleries. Fine art glass gallery, Peter Raos Glass and Art of the Sea are significant long standing galleries. It is recommended for specific galleries contact before arrival to confirm opening hours.

Devonport Regional Gallery @Devonport City Council


@Peace and Plenty Inn

Let’s make a weekend of it in Devenport. A very good reason to stay overnight in Devonport  is the The Peace and Plenty Inn. The Victorian high tea is an indulgent couples experience. The treat is part of the luxurious villa where your pampering is five star. The Inn is the place to relax after a brisk walk or two exploring the area or to simply chill out in Auckland’s village by the sea.

Weekend inspiration
Torpedo bay
North head historic reserve walk

You’ve succumbed to Devenport’s temptations are staying overnight. There is plenty to explore the following day. Perhaps pack a picnic lunch to share at North Head or for history buffs the Naval Museum with its narratives of heroism at sea and the role Devonport has played in the history of New Zealand is a must visit destination. Here’s some inspiration to make the most of your Devonport weekend.

Torpedo bay @Wikimedia commons

North Head Historic Reserve walking trail
A self-guided walk
The tunnels, guns, searchlights

Take a self-guided walk through tunnels and other features of the area’s military history.
DOC online resource describes the reserve as Description.

A series of loop tracks introduce you to the military history of Maungauika/North Head – the tunnels, guns, searchlights and defences that were placed on the headland to protect Auckland from feared Russian invasions. The map below shows the location of interpretation signs and what you will see on each loop.

North Head Historic Reserve Walk @Department of Conservation

Pre-European settlement and Maori relationships
Mount Victoria walking trail
Grave of Chief Eru Patuone

Mount Victoria, Takarunga was the site of a significant settlement in the area. Historically, Takarunga was occupied by a number of different iwi. Archeological findings and human occupation is illustrated by pā terraces and pits associated with food-storage and settlement areas can be seen on the northern slopes of Mount Victoria.

Mount Victoria, Takarunga @Alastair Jamieson / Wild Earth Media Ltd.

Travel Pack Information

Closed railway track Ohura district, New Zealand

  • PacificJane acknowledges the contributions of the volunteers of the Devonport Vistor Information Centre. Due to financial constraints the centre is operating on limited hours.
  • Devonport visitor brochure, art trail and heritage buildings PDF
  • North Head Reserve self-guided tour PDF
  • North Head Reserve history PDF
  • Weekend option – forward bookings are strongly encouraged.

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