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We arrived in Auckland late morning by coach from Hamilton.  After enjoying a light lunch, we then had a free afternoon in the city.  We explored the Auckland waterfront before deciding to see the harbour and foreshores from a boat. We enquired at the ferry terminal and were told about the short ferry ride to Devonport.

We purchased our tickets, which were $12 round trip and hopped on to the next ferry to take the 15 minutes ferry ride across Auckland Harbour to the seaside village of Devonport.

Not only is the view spectacular as you leave the city but it gets even better when you arrive at Devonport with its beautiful little bay where you are met with enchanting buildings and parks on the waterfront

On arrival in Devonport the views across to Auckland city are spectacular so don’t forget to take the camera.

You can spend a couple of hours here, or all day, whether you’re into relaxing with a picnic on the shore front reserves and beaches or exploring North Heads history and the Navy museum (free). All are easily accessible, with a flat walk from the ferry building.  If strolling around is too much there’s always sightseeing in the horse drawn carriage as a novelty.

 

There are lots of cafes and shops right in the quaint downtown high street of Devonport centre. Or you can take a leisurely walk along the shoreline (approx 1km) to the museum (has its own cafe). If you’re into exploring, you can walk up to North Head where you get amazing views of Rangitoto Island and the Waitemata Harbour.  At the base of North Head is the beautiful Cheltenham Beach, which can be accessed by steps down from North Head, or a flat walk along the road. It is a very safe beach for a swim, or just sit and enjoy the view of the Harbour.

After we finished exploring we popped in to the Esplanade Hotel which is set in a landmark 1901 building overlooking Waitematā Harbour and only a minute walk to the ferry terminal.  A delightful way to finish our short time in darling Devonport.

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Esplanade Hotel

And then we enjoyed the spectacular ride back to Auckland.

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The town of Devonport has plenty of character and history and as soon as you get off the ferry it feels like you’re on holiday. I absolutely loved it and can see myself returning.

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