Devonport, Auckland

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    Devonport and Mt Victoria.

    by Robdaz Written Dec 8, 2004

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    Take the ferry from the Ferry building on Quay St, Downtown across to Devonport. That way you enjoy a Harbour cruise without having to pay extra. There is a number of nice cafe to relax and enjoy the small town atmosphere. Make sure you go up MT Victoria
    (15mins walk from Devonport) and North Head(25mins walk relaxing walk) for fanstastic panaromic view of Auckland City and the harbour. There is also a very good fish and chips shop on the main street Devonport across from the park next to the hotel.

    Lookout over Devonport towards the city.
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  • Devonport - The Heart of Auckland

    by bens01 Updated Feb 24, 2004

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    I have been living in Devonport 16 years and I can tell you Devonport is the place to visit!

    Devonport, is situated on the northern shores of Auckland City. The gateway to North Shore City and the sandy beaches of East Coast including Takapuna, Browns Bay and Mairangi Bay.

    A charming historic seaside village, with a unique heritage, wide range of restaurants, cafes, beaches, art galleries, shopping and very friendly locals.

    Devonport is one of the earliest areas of European settlement, dotted with numerous turn-of-the-century villas and dwellings, visitors can admire the colonial timber architecture and walk along the streets of enchanting homes.

    The Royal New Zealand Navy still has its national base here and their museum is open daily for public viewing.

    From North Head and Mt Victoria, you can enjoy the spectacular breath-taking views of the city and the surrounding Hauraki Gulf islands.

    Blessed with safe, white sand beaches, devonport is the perfect place to spend a day at the beach or why not indulge yourself with the international cuisine available from the over 30 different cafes and restaurants. It is here you can relax and enjoy the friendly village atmosphere.

    Popular annual events are the Wine & Food festival in February and the annual Arts Festival. Every month a craft market is held.

    Don't miss a visit to Whites Dairy - Vauxhall Rd near Church Street for New Zealand's largest ice creams.

    Devonport can be reached by a regular ferry which departs from downtown Auckland, and travels directly to Devonport. The ferry ride is only 10 minutes (half hourly service) or by car it takes 20 minutes to Auckland City
    centre.

    There is also the Devonport Tour Company which can give you an awesome look at awesome Devonport and they can be reached here : http://www.devonporttours.co.nz/

    THE VIEWS FROM MOUNT VICTORIA, ARE VOTED THE BEST IN AUCKLAND.

    Enjoy this awesome seaside village!!!!

    View from North Head
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    North Head - walk and view

    by Dodo22 Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    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.

    North Head from Tamaki Drive

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    Spend a morning in Devonport.

    by worldkiwi Written Mar 18, 2006

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    Devonport is a historic suburb of Auckland, located on the city's North Shore. If you are staying in the central city, you can take one of the regular ferries to Devonport from the Ferry Building on Quay Street. The trip across the Waitemata Harbour takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Check the Fullers Ferries website for up-to-date fares (www.fullers.co.nz).
    Devonport's streets are dominated by venerable and ornate wooden houses, commonly referred to as 'villas'. These date back to the late 1800s. Devonport also has a number of attractive little churches and a nice supply of street front cafes.
    Make one of your first stops in Devonport at the I-site information centre next to the Esplanade Hotel on Victoria Road (the high street). Grab a coffee at a cafe on this street and then set off to explore Devonport on foot (there is a free brochure containing a walking tour guide available at the I-site).
    If you are fit and healthy, climb Mt Victoria, for superb views of Devonport, the North Shore, inner Hauraki Gulf, the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland's central city and eastern beaches. I think the view from Mt Victoria is one of the most photogenic in Auckland. You can also climb North Head and explore the old tunnels and gun emplacements there.

    The iconic Esplanade Hotel, Devonport.
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    untidy soldier

    by fachd Written Nov 15, 2010

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    In Devonport stands the bronze statue “untidy soldier”. He was Frank Lynch's a returned soldier who served who fought at Gallipoli and France.

    The statue is commemorating all New Zealand soldiers who have died in all wars.

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    Devonport

    by fachd Updated Nov 11, 2010

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    We enjoyed visiting Devonport one of the oldest suburbs. It takes 10 minutes from Auckland by ferry. It’s a picturesque suburb with quaint old wooden houses alongside the beach road. On the main streets of Victoria roads you can find cafes and restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, Victorian building like Victoria Picture Palace Theatres, the yellow Post Office. Keep on walking up on Victoria road it will connect to Mount Victoria, the walk up takes about 20 minutes.

    Post Office Victoria Picture Palce and Theatre King Edward Parade quaint old wooden house Mt Victoria in the background
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    Historical Devonport

    by Kiwigirlie Written Jul 30, 2003

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    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.

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    Back in time

    by BurgerQueen Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    Devonport is a quiet small town facing Auckland.
    The best way to get to Devonport is by ferry: buy your tickes directly at the ferry station in Auckland, connections are very frequent (almost every 30 minutes, a return ticket costs 10NZ$).
    Unlike Auckland, the buildings in Devonport are not modern, I got the feeling of going back in time: an old-fashion post office, old style buildings, tiny small stores, people talking in the streets, children playing on the beach... Wow!
    After a nice walk, we decided to stop in Devonport for dinner, we chose an outside table on the main road to fully enjoy the atmosphere of a late-summer evening: being our first evening in New Zealand, this was just the perfect welcome!

    The Post Office Devonport port Auckland skyline from Devonport Children playing on the beach A wonderful house in Devonport!
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    Devonport & North Head.

    by Kitty82 Written Dec 10, 2011

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    Devonport was one of the highlights for me when I went to Auckland. Located on the north shore it is just a 12 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. (This is one of the best ways to see the Auckland skyline by the way - keep camera in hand!) When you step off the ferry you can immedialtly see that this quaint suburb has a very village-like feel to it with bars cafes and restaurants filling the streets. I walked around Torpedo bay and along Devonport Beach to take in the atmosphere. I could have easily spent all day here. A lot of people come to Devonport to go up to North Head which was used as a military coastal defense base during the last century. There are still tunnels to view today. North head also gives you fantastic view of Auckland and Rangitoto Island as well as the Hauraki Gulf. I recommend everyone to come here!

    View of Auckland from North Head Rangitoto Island North Head was used as a millitary defense base North Head
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  • What to do on a short transit through Auckland.

    by AKLLIFE Written May 22, 2008

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    Take the Airbus shuttle into Auckland CBD, jump on the Devonport ferry and make the 10 minute crossing to Devonport on the Northshore. Lots of quaint shops and historical buildings. The ferry is the cheapest way to see the sights of the harbour. Return to Auckland, take a coffee in the Viaduct, ride to the top of the Sky Tower, browse the shops for souveniers and take the bus back to the airport.
    Have a great time.

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    Mt. Victoria in Devonport

    by diggingdeep Written Aug 8, 2005

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    Now this is a MUST!!! The view is just magnificent from Mt. Vic. You can join in a tour booked earlier in Auckland's ferry terminal before u depart for devonport of you can just explore on your own.
    But DO NOT miss Mt. Vic. It was quite a hike to climb the steep rails up, but its worth every effort and make sure u have your camera with you. (my auckland page opening photo is taken from mt. victoria).

    auckland from mt. victoria

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    Skip the bay cruise

    by tuff Updated Nov 12, 2003

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    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.

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    Mount Victoria

    by leffe3 Written Jul 7, 2003

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    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).

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    Great place to spend a 1/2 day to a day

    by lesaandbill Written Jun 29, 2006

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    It was really cold when we were in aukland...and on this particular day...there was not a lot open...but it was fun to take the 20 min ferry over ...and the town was quiant and cute.

    I ended up finding a shop with pure wool sweaters (jumpers)...for a great price..which was a perfect souveniour...and something I needed for the cold weather.

    It was also a great place to stop and have coffee...

    I'm sure if it's warm the place is buzzing....but it was nice even without a lot of places open...

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    Devonport Serenity

    by Kilfane Written May 14, 2004

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    Catch a ferry ride over to fair Devonport and be charmed by its rustic and debonair beauty.
    Time slows down and even takes a step backwards in Devonport. The atmosphere is totally relaxing. The urban jungle and its rat race is totally absent from Devonport. Take a leisure hike up steep Mount Victoria to see the Auckland Skyline as well as the surrounding Auckland area. Capture a 180 degrees panoramic shot of unblocked Auckland from on top of Mount Victoria and bring home the peaceful serenity that Devonport has to offer.

    Mount Victoria in Devonport
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