Devonport is a bustling seaside suburb on the north shore of Auckland, New Zealand. The area, located just 12 minutes’ ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is known for its rich maritime history, waterfront dining, trendy bars and charming heritage atmosphere.
Devonport is one of the most popular suburbs in Auckland, as there is something for everyone. Resembling a historic town with an old-world ambience, Devonport has glorious sandy beaches, interesting museums and myriad restaurants. Many visitors begin their exploration with a trip to the summit of Mount Victoria or Takarunga. It’s the highest volcano on the North Shore offering spectacular skyline vistas of Auckland, views of Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. Delve deeper into the maritime history of Devonport with a trip to The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. It hosts a range of exhibits, photographs, commemorative displays and a café for refreshments. Cheltenham Beach is a popular place to spend a day with friends and family. The tree lined sandy beach is picturesque and ideal for swimming, beach sports or a picnic. Visitors interested in indulging in retail therapy will find Devonport a delight. With a range of boutiques, artisan shops and independent gift stores, there is plenty to choose from. Eating out in the suburb offers a range of culinary treats from laid back cafes to waterfront restaurants, there is a café, bar or fine dining establishment to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
Devonport is easy to reach from central Auckland. The short ferry ride is enjoyable and offers the chance to see the cityscape from a different perspective. The suburb has a regular bus service which makes accessing the beaches and attractions a breeze. Devonport is a compact zone, therefore walking around the suburb is enjoyable and not too strenuous. Alternatively, bicycles are available to hire from local rental shops.
Devonport dates back 40,000 years when it consisted of three volcanic islands. It was one of the earliest settlements in Auckland and has a rich Maori and maritime heritage. European settlers arrived during the 1840s, in 1888 Devonport became the largest drydock in the Southern Hemisphere and home to the New Zealand Navy. Today, the suburb still has a European air about it, the buildings are quaint, the town is lively, and the history comes to life as soon as visitors step off the ferry.