Just 10 minutes across the bay by ferry is Devonport (ferries leave every 15 minutes), a cute suburb on the southern tip of the North Shore peninsula.
The main street (Victoria St) runs up from the ferry to the volcanic cone of Mount Victoria. Its a cute low-rise building place packed with cafes, restaurants, craft and book shops, and although obvioulsy aimed primarily at tourists, it doesn't have that overly commercialised feel to it (partly to do with the fact that loal residents also use the places),
Devenport is home of the New Zealand Naval base. It is also a place where you will find lots of quaint cafes and restaurants to dine at. Right on the waterfront of Aucklands North Shore, you will find one of the best views of Auckland City from here. Once a year, Devenport is host to the Wine and Food Festival.
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.
Devonport is a nice little town over the harbour bridge. Beautiful peaceful little towns with cafe strips and art galleries.
I spent half a day here wondering around the markets and shops and there are beaches on the other side for swimmers.
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).
Devonport is only several minutes drive away and also can be reached by ferry from Prince's Wharf in downtown Auckland, but it offers Victorian charm and village-like atmosphere to visitors.
Devonport is small enough to explore by foot. We walked its Victoria Road, main street leading from the ferry wharf. From the ferry wharf we can see Auckland skyline at its best.
For a stunning 360` view panoramas of Devonport, we drove to the vantage point of Mt. Victoria.
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.