12 great things to do just 12 minutes from downtown Auckland
A mere twelve minute ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD lies Devonport seaside village – a must see whilst in Auckland. The picturesque historic village boasts stunning views of Auckland city unseen from any other location and a number unique attractions.
1. Beautiful beaches
Devonport is home to a number of safe swimming beaches that are a perfect place to admire the stunning scenery. Sit back, relax, and if it’s warm take a refreshing dip in the ocean.
2. Boutique shops
Devonport high street is lined with a number of boutique shops. Browse book stores, fashion, home ware and arts; Devonport is the perfect place to find a gift or something special for you.
3. Self-guided audio tour
Take a walk around picturesuqe Devonport village and uncover its unique role in New Zealand’s history. Treat your eyes and ears to fascinating stories and awesome views from the waterfront, the side streets and the summit of Mount Victoria. Devonpor Audio Tours are available from the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at Devonport Wharf.
4. Explore by segway
Try something a little different and explore the sights of Devonport on a Segway! Join Auckland’s only guided Segway tour and discover Devonport in a novel and exciting way.
5. Historic horse and cart rides
Step back in time and and explore Devonport on an authentic 1910 era vintage wagon pulled by three powerful Clydesdales. Town and Country Clydesdales depart from outside the Devonport Fery Terminal most days during summer and selected days throughout the year.
6. Mount Victoria look out
Stand at the top of the highest volcanic cone on Auckland’s North Shore and admire the magnificent 3600 views of Auckland and the Waitemata Harbour.
7. North head Historic Reserve
Explore a military tunnel complex at the most significant historical coastal defense site in New Zealand. North Head is perfect for history buffs and is an ideal picnic spot with beautiful views of the Auckland harbor.
8. Art galleries
Browse a selection of both traditional and contemporary Maori and New Zealand artworks at one of the many Devonport art galleries.
9. Victorian buildings and unique heritage
Devonport, one of the earliest settled areas of Auckland is rich in history with special links to the New Zealand navy. Whilst exploring Devonport you’ll see a number of beautiful Victorian buildings that are a feature of the area.
10. Victorian High Tea
Indulge yourself with a real Victorian High Tea at the Peace and Plenty Inn’s Heritage Victorian Villa. Dine upon home made scones, pastries, sandwiches and other delicious treats!
11. Tour Devonport by coach
Tour Devonport in the comfort of an Explorer Tour coaches and learn about Devonport’s unique history, architecture, parks and volcanoes. Devonport Tours offers two tour packages: The Explorer Tour and the Lunch Tour.
12. Naval Museum
The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum is a perfect place to learn about Devonport’s links with the New Zealand Navy. Take a tour from an expert guide, or get the children involved in the museum gallery activities; a perfect activity for adults and children alike. Free entry.