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Devonport, Auckland Overview

Dubbed ‘Auckland’s Prettiest Village’, Devonport oozes old-world colonial charm. The refurbished Victorian-era buildings stand as proud as they did when they were first built in this small seaside port. Devonport is known for its rich-chocolate making tradition as well.


Devonport is situated on the North Shore, across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and is separated from Auckland by a short 12-minute ferry ride away. This small neighbourhood has a population of fewer than 6000 people and is one of the oldest colonial settlements in New Zealand. Devonport is well-known for its quaint, harbourside charm, with many boutiques and antique stores lining the harbour. The main navy base for the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum ensure that the presence of the navy is strongly felt in Devonport.

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Hotels and Boutique Accommodation

With many of the colonial-era buildings in Devonport still present, being in Devonport takes you back to a bygone era. Stay in one of the boutique hotel options in Devonport to experience an authentic feel of living in these grand, and old buildings. Buildings such as the Esplanade Hotel have been mainstays on the harbourside from 1901, and its distinctive Edwardian architectural style is visible to passengers as soon as they step off from the ferry.
Esplanade Hotel

Things To Do in Devonport

Victoria Cinema, Devonport

1. The Victorian Cinema
The Victorian Cinema, colloquially known as ‘The Vic’, shows both mainstream movies and indie art-house movies. Constructed in 1912 and remodelled in 1930, ‘the Vic’ is the oldest currently-running cinema in the Southern Hemisphere. Pair your experience with their signature ice-cream and movie combo.
North Head

2. North Head Historic Reserve
Devonport is also home to one of New Zealand’s most significant coastal defence sites. The North Head Historic Reserve allows visitors to walk through underground military tunnels. The walking tracks around the reserve serve up stunning views of the surrounding harbour and Rangitoto Island, making it an ideal place to have picnics as well!
3. Shopping
Victoria Road, in Devonport, is home to many boutique handicrafts and antique stores. Devonport’s high street, Victoria Road is just across from the ferry terminal and skirts along the harbourside, making for a lovely stroll along the Waitemata Harbour shore as you go visiting boutique to boutique.
4. Cafes, High-tea, and Chocolate

Devonport’s thriving cafe culture ensures that the North Shore suburb is perfect for foodies and coffee enthusiasts that want to go hopping from one cafe to the next. The Peace and Plenty Inn’s Heritage villa even offers an authentic Victorian High-Tea experience, complete with scones and traditional baked pastries, in a Victorian villa that dates back to 1880. Home to many boutique chocolate stores, Devonport also has a rich chocolate-making tradition, making it just the right destination to go to indulge yourself.
5. Mount Victoria
Mount Victoria

A favourite pastime amongst locals is to walk, bike, or run up the 192 metres tall Mount Victoria. This hillock provides unmatched 360-degree views of Auckland and its iconic skyline. Guided tours that take people up Mount Victoria are also an option if the idea of walking uphill for 20 minutes doesn’t sound too appealing to you. Take in the beauty of the Waitemata Harbour, the Harbour Bridge, and Rangitoto looming large in the near-distance from one of Auckland’s top vantage points.

How To Reach Devonport

Located across the Waitemata Harbour, Devonport is connected to Auckland by regular ferry services. Ferries depart from Auckland Harbour and complete the 15-minute journey to Devonport Wharf.

Departing from Auckland City

Monday to Friday: Ferries depart from 5:45 AM until 12:00 AM
Saturday: Ferries depart from 6:15 AM until 1:00 AM 
Sundays and Public Holidays: Ferries Depart from 7:15 AM until 10:00 PM

Departing from Devonport

Monday to Friday: Ferries depart from 6:00 AM until 1:15 AMSaturday: Ferries depart from 6:30 AM until 1:15 AM Sundays and Public Holidays: Ferries Depart from 10:15 AM until 7:30 PM

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