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Picnic on North Head Auckland, Devonport Auckland
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​Visit the historic seaside village of Devonport. Discover small sandy beaches, a compact village centre bustling with cafés, shops and galleries, and two volcanic cones offering spectacular views. All this just a few minutes across the water from downtown Auckland. 

Devonport highlights

North Head Auckland - Devonport Auckland

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Take a ride
Hop aboard the ferry at downtown Auckland and enjoy the scenic ferry ride across the harbour. In just 12 minutes you’ll be in Devonport.

Bring an appetite
Relax with a cup of coffee or indulge in a delicious brunch, lunch or dinner at one of Devonport’s cafés and restaurants. Pop into the chocolaterie for handmade chocolates and truffles.

Find your style
Browse boutique shops for unique, quality clothing and jewellery. Wander through the local art galleries and see how the surrounding landscapes have inspired beautiful paintings and photographs.


Cheltenham Beach - Devonport Auckland

Head to the top
Explore the underground tunnels, gun emplacements and fortifications at North Head. The volcanic cone juts out into the harbour, offering incredible 360-degree views over the Hauraki Gulf and the city.

Feel the wind in your hair
Breathe in the fresh sea air with a stroll along gorgeous Cheltenham Beach. Slip off your shoes and feel the sand in your toes or take a dip – the sheltered waters are perfect for families.

Canons on North Head Auckland - Devonport Auckland

​Why visit?

Take the short ferry ride from downtown Auckland and explore Devonport’s boutique shops, galleries and cafés. Enjoy a walk along the waterfront and admire the beautiful Victorian villas the area is famous for.

Check out the incredible panoramic views from North Head or Mount Victoria – you can even take a fun, personal segway tour to the top. 

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Water Safety

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving.  Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.

Beach Safety

Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.