Devonport Tours

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Located on Auckland’s North Shore, Devonport is a hub for commuters who work in the Central Business District (CBD). But, there’s more to the area than the ferry terminal: its restaurants, shops, heritage buildings, hiking trails, and beach make it a worthwhile destination in its own right.

The Basics
The harborside suburb of Devonport is home to antiques shops, restaurants, and cafes serving fresh seafood and other Kiwi favorites like fish-and-chips. Lovers of the outdoors will also find lots of things to do in Devonport, as there is the popular Cheltenham Beach for swimmers, and Mount Victoria for hikers. There’s also an abundance of historical interest in Devonport, with heritage buildings like the art deco Victoria Cinema, the Esplanade Hotel dating from the 1890s, and the Devonport Naval Base, Navy Museum, and World War II–era caves at North Head.

Many travelers visit Devonport on a ferry from Auckland CBD, as this is a good way to enjoy harbor and city views from the water. Some guided tours, including kayaking tours, stop at Devonport to visit the historical and natural attractions. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Devonport hosts arts and culture festivals throughout the year, which often include food trucks and live music. Check local listings to see what’s on while you’re visiting.
  • Consider adding Devonport to an Auckland cycling itinerary, as bikes are allowed on the ferry from the CBD.
  • Taking the ferry to Devonport is a good way to experience city skyline views without paying for an expensive cruise, as return tickets are very affordable.

How to Get There
Devonport is a 15-minute ferry trip from Auckland CBD. Ferries run every 15 minutes at peak times, and every 30 minutes in the early morning, late at night, and during weekends. While you can drive from central Auckland, taking the ferry is much faster.   

When to Get There
Devonport is a popular weekend day trip from Auckland, as it’s so close. During warm weather (and especially during summer), it can get quite busy on weekends. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit during the week.

Maori History in Devonport
The Devonport area was one of the earliest settled areas of Auckland. There is evidence of Maori settlement from about 1350 in the three volcanic hills here—Takapuna, Takarunga, and Takaroro—as these were ideal sites for fortified settlements, or pa. Look out for the terraced steps underneath the layers of grass on these hills while exploring Devonport, which are a giveaway of Maori history.
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Half-Day Auckland Scenic Tour

Get a personalized introduction to Auckland’s most important sights on a half-day tour for your group of up to 11 people. Make the most of your time in Auckland with a convenient trip that includes round-trip hotel transfer from centrally-located Auckland hotels.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Best of Auckland City Tour

Short on time? Experience Auckland’s best bits in just one day with this action-packed tour of New Zealand’s biggest city. Start by taking in the views from the summit of Mt Eden, then experience nature in the heart of the city with visits to the Auckland Domain, the Wintergarden and Cornwall Park. After driving across the Harbour Bridge, follow the famous Tamaki Drive along the coast to explore lively Devonport Village and snap photos of Mt Victoria and Waitamata Harbour. This small-group tour includes hotel pick-up and lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Auckland Harbour Sailing Experience

Enjoy time aboard a sailing yacht on Waitemata Harbour. Your 1.5-hour Auckland cruise sets sail from Viaduct Harbour, passing the Auckland Bridge, Westhaven Marina and Devonport while you listen to informative commentary on the sights. Relax as you take in the views or help the crew sail the vessel — it’s up to you.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Auckland Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Glide past the Sky Tower, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse and Devonport Naval Base on a cruise from Waitemata Harbour. Your tour includes morning or afternoon tea.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Auckland City Highlights Tour with Harbour Cruise and Sky Tower Admission

Learn all about Auckland during a comprehensive 5-hour tour by bus and boat. Start your day with a 2.5-hour bus tour of the City of Sails, then continue with a 1.5-hour boat cruise on Waitemata Harbour and a visit to the Sky Tower. Take in highlights such as historical buildings in downtown Auckland, the waterfront beaches along Tamaki Drive, and views of the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full-Day Auckland Scenic Tour

Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just one day. Snap photos of Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill; take in the views from Tamaki Drive and Mission Bay; explore vibrant neighborhoods like Ponsonby; and visit off-the-beaten-track attractions like Muriwai Beach, the Auckland Domain and Parnell.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Auckland City Tour and Kumeu Wine Country

Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half-Day Auckland North Head Guided Kayaking Tour

This kayaking tour is ideal for less-experienced kayakers who still want to get active in New Zealand’s great outdoors. It’s combined with a guided tour of the military bunkers at North Head, so you’ll get a break from paddling. You will be guided in the sheltered waters of Auckland Harbour, and enjoy the views of the city and nature.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Auckland City and West Coast Full-Day Tour

Discover the best of urban and rural New Zealand on this full-day Auckland city and West Coast tour. Travel by luxury vehicle through attractive districts such as Devonport, Titirangi, and Tamaki Drive, and admire colonial homes in Parnell. Check out views over the Waitakere Ranges and explore black sand beaches and dense rainforests, where pohutukawa trees thrive. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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