Devonport Travel Guide

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Devonport Things to Do

  • Naval Dockyards and Museum

    Devonport is home to the Royal New Zealand Navy. The Navy has a Museum which houses a collection of memorabilia relating to New Zealand's naval heritage. Amongst some of the displays are medals, uniforms as well as a large collection of photographs, depicting the Navy through the years. Open: Daily 10.00 am - 4.30 pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing...

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  • Cheltenham Beach

    Cheltenham Beach is a long sandy beach in the beautiful Auckland suburb on Devonport, which can be reached from downtown Auckland either by ferry or by road in about 20 minutes.Cheltenham Beach is backed by greenery and some impressive seaside mansions with gardens that stretch right down to the sand.Arguably the best view of the beach is to be had...

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  • Admire the buildings

    Devonport has plenty of shops to wander and cafes to visit, and some nice buildings.We enjoyed this secondhand bookshop in the main street where a part of one interior wall was grafitiied with quotes, some famous, some not.

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  • Bark Endeavour

    Berthed down at Devonport Wharf is Captain Cooks replica ship the ‘Bark Endeavour’. It is open daily for tours.The HM Bark Endeavour was the first ship to establish longitude accurately at sea by means of newly published nautical tables. The ship was also the first to complete a long voyage without anyone dying of scurvy.

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  • Mt Victoria.

    One of the two volcanic peaks in Devonport with commanding views of Auckland city, North Head and Rangitoto and the gulf. The hill sits as a back rest to the shopping centre which gently slopes down to the waterfront. A walk to the top will take about 10-20 mins, but it is possible to drive to the top.

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  • Devonport Library

    The Devonport Library has a lot of photographs and material related to the history of Devonport. They have been in this building on Windsor Reserve since 1954 and are just near the Visitor information centre.

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  • Windsor Reserve

    The reserve down by the Ferry Terminal is not only enjoyable at any time of year but it is also a great place for many events held in Devonport. The tourist information centre is also on the reserve as well as a children's playground and a petanque area

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  • The War Memorial

    This war memorial is on the reserve in Devonport. The bronze statue on the top is called the ‘untidy soldier’ and the sculptor himself was a returned soldier (Frank Lynch) who served at Gallipoli and France. This was his vision of a Kiwi ‘digger’ who was about to evacuate Gallipoli and his gaunt face looking back to the memory of his dead mates as...

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  • Jacksons Muzeum

    Jacksons Muzeum is located in the old Devonport Post office. This museum has collectables, automobilia, and Victoriana. There is something like 15,000 unusual exhibits. Don't ask me what the Telephone box is doing on the roof. Open: Wednesdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. 10 am - 5.30 pm.

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  • Walking the Tunnels

    There is a self-guided walk you can take. The walk begins at the carpark and will take you through the tunnels and to the searchlights and gun as well as other interests of the military defences. Take care with the walking though as there are holes and uneven surfaces in the tunnels.

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  • The Stories

    There are many stories apparently about the hidden tunnels at North Head which contain anything from two original boeing planes to decaying ammunition. So far all investigation have proven to be untrue.

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  • The Guns

    North Head was well defended with three disappearing guns in 1900. The barrels weighed over 13 tons and were designed to retract underground when it was fired. The gun would then be reloaded and returned to the surface for the next firing. There is still one of these guns, one of the few remaining, at South Battery.

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Devonport Restaurants

  • The Masonic Hotel

    The Masonic Hotel is one of the oldest still standing buildings on the north shore. The hotel was built in 1866 and is one of the oldest pubs in New Zealand. They have around 14 different varieties of NZ beer on tap as well as both NZ and imported beers in bottles. One of their newest beers for sale is the Erdinger Wheatbeer, which has a distinctly...

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  • On Bourbon St Restaurant & Bar

    This restaurant represents a taste of New Orleans. The menu advertises dishes like, char grilled Cajun chicken Caesar salad, Louisiana Gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish pie to name but a few. Desserts like Mud Pie and Pecan Pie are also on the menu. The décor is relaxed with a brick lined covered courtyard and big leather couches. Service may be a little...

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  • Jackson's Muzeum and Tearooms

    The tea rooms are part of the Museum and it is not licensed or BYO. They serve the usual choice of cakes and pastries including Cornish pasties and quiche. You can also order a tea service which comes with scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam and of course ‘tea’. They are open Monday to Sunday from 9.00am to 6.00pm.

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Devonport Nightlife

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    by gbdevo Updated Sep 3, 2010

    Spanish style restaurant and cafe, 2 Rattray St, Devo..top of the village there.
    Fantastic atmosphere, great food!..Live Latino music Fri and Sat nights.

    And the place is children friendly too, even has swings and toys outside in the courtyard..Oooh did I mention it's jus off the noisy Victoria Rd there, so peace and quiet if you decide to sit outside and enjoy the food and your wine/beer/tapas. :)

    -GB.

    Jus to add below, Michelle wrote June 2010, her experience:

    We had a triple birthday party at Los Incas with 12 people. All of us had a great time. The restaurant’s atmosphere is very friendly and inviting. The staff are extremely helpful, polite and friendly. They have accommodated our every requests with no problem at all. The food is very nice and the cocktails, desserts are very well presented. We brought our own birthday cakes and they were very helpful to present the cakes very nicely with candels, etc. The live music was an absolute bonus with Gerrardo Torres, as he is the best latin american singer in New Zealand.
    We spent 4 hours in the restaurant eating, drinking and dancing, even our waitress and our host/chef Jesus came out and joined us in the dancing and singing and Jesus is not just a wonderful host but a talented singer as well. The prices are very reasonable we paid about $50/person that included entrees, mains, lots of wine and cocktails. It was worth every penny of it. In overall we couldn’t wish for more, it was the best birthday party ever, all of us had a fantastic night and enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you very much Los Incas.

    Dress Code: Casual to dress tidy (in the evening)

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Devonport Transportation

  • Harbour ferry

    You can easily access Devonport by going across the Auckland Harbour bridge to the North Shore, but one of the nicest ways to get there is across the harbour by ferry from downtown Auckland. The service runs regularly. There are also plenty of shops, and some cafes as well inside the Ferry terminal (pictured)

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  • Ferries from Auckland to Devonport

    Regular ferries connect the pretty seaside suburb of Devonport with downtown Auckland.I caught one of these ferries, operated by "Fullers", during my visit to the city in March 2006. The following details are correct as of that date:- Ferries leave for Devonport from Auckland's ferry building every 30 minutes (on the hour and half past the hour)...

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  • Catch a Ferry and enjoy the Experience

    From Auckland: You can catch the ferry to Devonport at the Ferry Buildings, Quay St at the end of Queen St in the city.Trip time is approx 12 minutes and the tariff is $7.00 return. Ferries leave every 30 minutes during the day.Ferrys to Rangitoto and other islands also leave from here..

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Devonport Shopping

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    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Devonport is a great place for finding all kinds of wonderfully different shops and galleries. You won’t see mostly chain stores here, this is really unique shopping. There are antique stores with all the old memorabilia to rediscover, incredible art galleries, great bookstores and little boutiques. You could spend a couple of hours wandering up and down the main street and I’m sure you will find something to your liking.

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Devonport Local Customs

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    by keeweechic Updated Dec 4, 2003

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    Every February the Devonport Wine and Food Festival is held on the Windsor Reserve right in the heart of Devonport. There is Music, good food and wine tasting.

    Every Month there is also a Craft Market.

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Devonport Off The Beaten Path

  • Lake Pupuke

    Lake Pupuke is a small freshwater lake on the North Shore which has formed in the crater of one of Auckland’s oldest volcano’s. The name Pupuke comes from the Maori name of Pupukemoana meaning ‘over flowing lake’.

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  • Takapuna

    Takapuna is the main commercial and shopping centre of North Shore City. There is street shopping just off the beach as well as Shore City Galleria for undercover shopping. There are also some great restaurants and cafes there – dine in or outside on a nice sunny day. The Pumphouse Theatre is also there.Takapuna is great for spending a few hours...

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  • Rangitoto Island

    Rangitoto a famous Auckland landmark, is both the youngest and largest of the many volcanoes throughout in New Zealand. The island is symmetrical and can be seen from anywhere in the Hauraki Gulf. Its evolution was from a short intense period of volcanic activity around 500 years ago. You take a ride on the local transport. Pass by old lava flows...

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Devonport Sports & Outdoors

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    by keeweechic Written Jun 4, 2009

    Lake Pupuke is a popular recreational lake for all kinds of water sports. On the shores of the lake is an old pumphouse which used to supply the Borough of Devonport with water until the supply became insufficient for the growing community. It was closed in 1944 and is now a theatre.

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Devonport Favorites

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    by keeweechic Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Devonport holds many memories for me from the wonderful ice cream to the great galleries and antique shops, sitting on North Head watching the start of the Whitbread Round the World race, having lunch in one the cafe's or dinner on the deck at the Ferry Terminal. Many times while working in the city, I used to grab a sandwich, buy a return ticket on the Devonport ferry and just ride over and back in my lunch break.

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