Devonport, A Village to Explore, the Place we Adore

Devonport is a real summertime destination, a fantastic day trip for Aucklanders, and a dreamy mini-break getaway for visitors from outside the city. With its village charm, stunning beaches, relaxed pace, and the proximity to Auckland's CBD by ferry, Devonport is the perfect long weekend destination where visitors can get the best of both worlds. 

For those who haven't been to the Peninsula for a while, we invite you to spend some time with us this summer. This month's Devonport Messenger will share just a few of the many reasons why...

Explore the gun emplacements, military tunnels and take in the views on North Head / Maunguika

Strategically located on a headland at the entrance to Auckland's harbour, North Head, or Maunguika, commands sweeping views over the Hauraki Gulf and its islands. It has a long history, first of Māori occupation, and then as a coastal fortification. 

It is considered the most significant coastal defence site in New Zealand because of the size and variety of its defence installations, which span nearly 120 years and include elements from all periods of New Zealand's coastal defence history.

Enjoy boutique shopping along Victoria Road

The establishment of a commercial area on lower Victoria Road was prompted by a ferry service connecting Devonport with the city and the development of a wharf and hotel at the foot of the street in the 1860s.

In the 1880s Victoria Road had become the leading commercial centre of the North Shore and by the 1920s the western side of Victoria Road was lined with fine Victorian and Edwardian commercial pemises.

Today Victoria Road has one of the most intact collections of Victorian and Edwardian commercial buildings in Auckland. Several of these buildings have been listed by Heritage New Zealand and the Auckland Council, and today house boutique shops, vibrant cafes, and unbeatable restaurants. 

Sample Sweetness at our Chocolate Factory

Devonport Chocolates is our charming chocolate factory on Wynyard Street. Staying true to the traditions of Europe’s finest chocolatiers this family-run business blends traditional chocolate making with special flavours of the Pacific. A must-stop shop in Devonport village where you can press your nose against the viewing glass leading into the factory and drool, just a little. 

Hit the Beach

The beaches that line the coast of Devonport's Peninsula are some of the most stunning in all of Auckland. With lagoon-like waters that lap in shallow bays, golden sands and stunning outlooks, they are a true escape from the hustle and pace of city-life. No trip to Devonport should be made with the absence of togs and towel. We're spoilt for choice, Devonport Beach at the base of the village, Torpedo Bay by North Head, Cheltenham Beach with our beloved pontoon, Narrow Neck for festive vibes and it's sailing, or city views from Stanley Point. 

Take in Views atop Mount Victoria/Takarunga

Now closed to vehicles, the peaceful walk to the tihi (summit) of Takarunga / Mount Victoria is one of the most rewarding things to do in Devonport. With 360 degree views that sweep across the Gulf Harbour to Rangitoto and the Waitematā to our stunning city, it's impossible not to be impressed. Grab your takeaway from the village, your cold bottle of wine, and enjoy an evening picnic in one of our most special places with a person you love. 

Enjoy Fine Dining at The Seaside

Devonport presents a fantastic range of food options, from fine dining to high tea, to pub meals and pints, or fish-n-chips by the sea. Indian, Vietnamese, Italian and vegan; our restaurants and cafes will certainly meet the tastes of the most discerning of diners.

Vondel (dish pictured below) is known for its edgy vegan meals and matching wine selection, whilst Vic Road Kitchen has grown a reputation for its daily-changing menu, craft beers and stunning interior. The food at newly opened Lily Eatery was recently described as 'simple and sophisticated' and a 'must see' by Denizen Magazine. And of course, who could possibly pass up Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine served to the sound of waves crashing beneath your feet; Devon on the Wharf has fantastic food and service with city and ocean views. 

Learn & Play at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

The National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy is the guardian of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s memory. Preserving the Navy’s physical, social and cultural heritage, telling its story and educating all visitors about the role the Navy has played in the development of New Zealand.

This beautifully presented, interactive and thought-provoking museum is nestled at the base of North Head, boasting stunning city-views. With a cafe and fantastic nautical-themed play ground for children, the museum is a real treasure to explore. See more here. 

Get on the Art Trail

There are more than 20 public art works around Devonport Village and nearby Vauxhall Shops that have been commissioned by the Devonport Arts Festival Trust. The art trail takes an hour to walk, or less to bike, and is a fantastic way to explore the area. 

Find out more about the art trail here. 

Explore it all by Segway

With so much to see on the Devonport Peninsula, and some distance to travel to fit it all in, the most joyful way to do it is with family and friends by Segway. 

A Magic Broomstick Segway guided tour or short ride is really one of the most FUN activities in Auckland, and to give it a go in paradise, you couldn't ask for better. 
With thanks to Kevin Hills from Devonport Harcourts for his fantastic photos of Devonport. 
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From the Devonport Business Association and BID Manager, Toni van Tonder
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