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Devonport

Devonport

Free admission

The Basics

The harborside suburb of Devonport is home to antiques shops, restaurants, and cafes serving fresh seafood and other Kiwi favorites like fish-and-chips. Lovers of the outdoors will also find lots of things to do in Devonport, as there is the popular Cheltenham Beach for swimmers, and Mount Victoria for hikers. There’s also an abundance of historical interest in Devonport, with heritage buildings like the art deco Victoria Cinema, the Esplanade Hotel dating from the 1890s, and the Devonport Naval Base, Navy Museum, and World War II–era caves at North Head.

Many travelers visit Devonport on a ferry from Auckland CBD, as this is a good way to enjoy harbor and city views from the water. Some guided tours, including kayaking tours, stop at Devonport to visit the historical and natural attractions.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Fun Auckland tour!
Robin_H, Mar 2020
Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour
We had a great time with Lorraine! She gave us a lot of interesting information about Nee Zealand’s history as well as showing us key sights in Auckland! We enjoyed our day!
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Well organized
_debiaras, Jan 2019
Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour
This was an informative tour touching on the highlights of both Auckland and Devonport. Our guide was very accommodating and even took us to see a couple of the Housewives of New Zealand's homes on our way back to the cruise ship. Half day gave us the afternoon to explore on our own before heading back to the cruise ship. Good value $$ and time.
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Great Tour
Margaret_M, Nov 2019
Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour
For a tour of the city, this was a great tour with a fantastic driver/guide. She was well versed in the local history. Had a great day.
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An Insider's Guide
Marlene_L, Jan 2019
Cruise Ship Half Day Auckland and Devonport Tour
We were picked up directly at the pier and then proceeded to be shown some of the sights of the pier and the city center before venturing out of the downtown area. We were taken to all things agreed to, and we chose the amount of time at each location. Jason was very agreeable, and he gave us space. He was knowledgeable and personable, which made the trip very worthwhile. Cornwall Park was a very interesting place, which had cattle and sheep among runners and visitors. It gave us a great view of Auckland and all its grandeur.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Devonport hosts arts and culture festivals throughout the year, which often include food trucks and live music. Check local listings to see what’s on while you’re visiting.

  • Consider adding Devonport to an Auckland cycling itinerary, as bikes are allowed on the ferry from the CBD.

  • Taking the ferry to Devonport is a good way to experience city skyline views without paying for an expensive cruise, as return tickets are very affordable.

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How to Get There

Devonport is a 15-minute ferry trip from Auckland CBD. Ferries run every 15 minutes at peak times, and every 30 minutes in the early morning, late at night, and during weekends. While you can drive from central Auckland, taking the ferry is much faster.

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When to Get There

Devonport is a popular weekend day trip from Auckland, as it’s so close. During warm weather (and especially during summer), it can get quite busy on weekends. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit during the week.

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Maori History in Devonport

The Devonport area was one of the earliest settled areas of Auckland. There is evidence of Maori settlement from about 1350 in the three volcanic hills here—Takapuna, Takarunga, and Takaroro—as these were ideal sites for fortified settlements, or pa. Look out for the terraced steps underneath the layers of grass on these hills while exploring Devonport, which are a giveaway of Maori history.

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