The North Shore maritime suburb of Devonport, a ten minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is one of Auckland’s historic strongholds. Defined by the twin mounds of Mt Victoria (Takarunga) and North Head (Takapuna), the peninsula, though linked inextricably with Auckland, has retained its own identity. In the newly settled Auckland of the 1840’s, a signal station on Mt Victoria advised the impending arrival of ships into the Harbour to the main settlement on the Harbour’s southern shores. Around the same time, the Devonport Naval Base was established, and its continued association with the suburb, including a Naval Museum, also lends character to the area. From the ashes of a fire which destroyed buildings in the village centre in the 1880’s, two of Devonport’s landmark buildings emerged – the waterfront Esplanade Hotel, and N.Z.’s oldest surviving purpose-built movie theatre, the re-vamped Victoria Picture Palace. Today, Devonport’s charmingly restored kauri villas and gardens draw visitors who come by ferry to walk the heritage trail, which follows the foreshore, headland, and beaches, affording views south to the city and north and east to the Gulf and its islands, or to enjoy lunch at one of the local cafes.
Devonport Accommodation "Our Pick"
Takarunga Luxury Lodge -- Tariff: $240 - $400
This elegant historic homestead has been transformed into a sanctuary of modern luxury and style, with plush furnishings and opulent decor complementing the Lodge’s sunny aspect and generous proportions. Four first-floor ensuite rooms have views over Devonport and the Harbour, each holding a secret indulgence for guests to discover. Skype: takarungaluxurylodge
100 Victoria Road +64 9 445 1220 Website
This re-located character schoolhouse, set just off Devonport’s Esplanade, oozes charm, its beautifully restored tongue and groove joinery, angled ceilings and pocket-handkerchief decks creating the perfect scene for a relaxing sojourn close to the city...
15B King Edward Parade +64 9 445 1515
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Devonport Sea Cottage
Charming self-contained cottage in garden setting. Incl. breakfast supplies. Short walk to township and Cheltenham beach.
3A Cambridge Terrace +64 9 445 7117 Website
Two self-contained one bedroom units in a garden setting, just one block away from shops, restaurants and city ferry.
11 Buchanan Street +64 9 445 1010 Website
Peace and Plenty Inn
Five star luxury B&B accommodation in Victorian Homestead with six guest rooms, right in the village.
6 Flagstaff Terrace +64 9 445 2925 Website
Hampton Beach House
Five star luxury B&B accommodation in Edwardian villa, located in heart of Devonport's historic waterfront.
4 King Edward Parade +64 9 445 1358 Website
Devonport Restaurants & Cafes "Our Pick"
Stone Oven Bakery & Cafe
Baked goods and breakfast & lunch menu.
5 Clarence Street 09 445 3185
Mecca Cafe at the Esplanade Hotel.
1 Victoria Road 09 445 9559
49 Victoria Road 09 445 7732
101 Victoria Road 09 445 4444
Buona Sera Restaurant
99 Victoria Road 09 445 8133
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