In the 1840's Devonport became one of the first European settlements in Auckland. Today it is a heritage area, with many character and historic homes preserved and retaining the charm of the old days.
From the Homestead, a leisurely stroll along the water front will take you into the village itself where you will find a supermarket, boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and art galleries as well as a restored art deco movie theatre, The Vic.
Devonport has a full range of facilities for your enjoyment. These include beaches providing safe swimming, a golf course, tennis & squash & vollyball courts, gym, sports fields, parks & reserves, volcanoes, navy ships, yacht clubs, historic tunnels, cycling trails, and so much more.
The ferry terminal is located at the bottom of the village and, from there, a regular ferry service will get you to and from the Auckland city centre in around 10 minutes.
Looking over the Peninsula of Devonport there are three small extinct volcanoes, Mt Victoria, Mt Cambria and North Head where many interesting tracks will lead you to the best 360 degrees views of Auckland and its harbour. Or just be spooked by North Head tunnels, built during the war by the Navy as a defence post against a possible invasion of the Harbour and now days abandoned but managed by The Department of Conservation.
The National Museum of NZ Royal Navy is the guardian of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s memory and stands proud on the water edge of Torpedo Bay in Devonport. Preserving the Navy’s physical, social and cultural heritage, telling its story and educating people both young and old about the role the Navy has played in the development of New Zealand.
If you like water sports, Devonport is your perfect base with two yacht clubs, Devonport Yacht Club and Wakatere Boating Club and three main sandy beaches perfect for kite surfing and other water activities as well as an 18 hole golf course, Waitemata Golf Club