Devonport is very pretty and peaceful. Nice cafes and shops. Especially the second hand book shops are cool!
Good for chill out and to take pictures of Aucklands skyline. Even the ferry trip is nice and cost only $ 4 (adult).
Skip the bay cruise and take the ferry to Devonport instead, you can enjoy the same harbor view for less money. Expore this small town and hike to the top of the hill for a spectacular view of the city. Dine in one of the many restaurants before heading back to the city.
Auckland has been described as the City of Sails, and the harbour is certainly magnificent. We make the most of every opportunity to get out on the water, even if its only the short ferry ride from the City to Devonport for a cup of coffee. Whilst you are over there you might want to go to North Head where you have a magnificent view - into the city, out to Rangitoto and beyond into the Hauraki Gulf.
I lived here for about three years and loved it. It's a lovely little village surrounded by extinct volcanoes. In fact, there are something like 47 extinct volcanoes in the Auckland region.
Devonport is on a little penninsular that overlooks the city and the Hauraki Gulf. You can get there by ferry from downtown Auckland or by car - crossing over the harbour bridge.
It's a great place to go and have a picnic on a hot day and enjoy views and explore the remains of a WWII bunker tunnels and gunnery.
A very pleasant walk is from Mount Victoria to North Head along King Edward Parade and Torpedo Bay. You follow the road, but within minutes this becomes little more than an access road for the homes built along the shoreline.
The volcanic plus that is Mount Victoria gives some great views across the peninsula and towards Auckland. A lighthouse sits at the top, as does the remnants of Watch Towers from the 2nd world war. One of the barracks rooms has been converted into a folk club which hosts live concerts every Monday night.
(Photo is looking south towards North Head - the 2nd of Devonport's volcanic plugs - and the Gulf).
North Head itself is little more than a series of wooden barrack huts and a few old guns from WW1 & WWII, but it offers some great views over the surrounding bay and back towards Auckland.