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Devonport tours are the perfect way to explore the highlights of the picturesque seaside village, with informative commentary from one of our friendly Devonport experts. Tour Devonport in the comfort of one of our Explorer Tour coaches, and let us share with you Devonport’s unique history, architecture, parks and volcanoes. Devonport Tours offers two tour packages: The Explorer Tour and the Lunch Tour.
The Explorer Tour departs hourly rain or shine from the Devonport Wharf, a short 12-minute ferry trip across the Waitemata harbor if you’re staying in Auckland city.
The Explorer Tour takes you on a journey around Devonport, including Devonport’s two volcanic cones: Mt Victoria and North head. Be sure to bring your camera; these mountains offer spectacular panoramic scenes of Rangitoto, the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Golf- voted the best views over Auckland. Here you’ll also find evidence of early Maori and European settlement and links to the mountains military past, featuring some of the few remaining disappearing guns in the world.
Learn more about the Royal New Zealand Navy and its shared history with Devonport with a visit to several historical Navy sites. The Explorer tour will also introduce you to the beautiful period architecture found throughout Devonport, including styles such as Victorian, Colonial and Georgian.
Pick up and drop off:
The Explorer tour takes approximately two hours return from the city of Auckland including your ferry crossing. However, feel free to spend longer relaxing at the beach or explore Devonport’s high street, dotted with boutique style shops, cafes and art galleries. The tour acts as an all day pass, so you can depart the tour at one of the areas on route and be picked up on the next tour if time allows you.
The minimum duration of the tour including photo stops at both volcanic cones is one hour from the Devonport wharf to wharf.
The Lunch Tour is the perfect way to spend a day discovering Devonport. The tour combines the Devonport Explorer tour with a delicious lunch at McHugh’s of Cheltenham. Meet at the Devonport Wharf and spend the morning exploring the unique history and surroundings of Devonport.
The coach will drop you at McHugh’s restaurant on Devonport’s beautiful Cheltenham beach where you will relax and enjoy a buffet lunch whilst taking in the idyllic beach surroundings and views of Rangitoto Island. After your lunch you will be picked up by the coach to continue your Explorer Tour of Devonport, ending back in the village near to Devonport Wharf. Here you can decide whether to spend further time in Devonport exploring the high street, or instead return to Auckland on the ferry.
For groups of 5 persons or less bookings are not essential. However, for groups of 6 or more or the lunch tour please book in advance to avoid disappointment.