"Keeweechic's Devonport" Devonport by keeweechic

Devonport Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 79 photos

Devonport is one Auckland’s delightful historic beach suburbs situated on the north shore. Just a ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of Auckland’s downtown. It is also at the southern point of North Shore City which was one of the earliest settled areas of Auckland. While Maori fortified settlements are believed to have been occupied around there from 1350, European settlements began in the mid 1800’s with farming and shipbuilding.

Devonport was initially referred to as The Island because of its connection by only a narrow causeway (known as Narrow Neck) to the rest of the North Shore. In 1840 a flagstaff was raised on the highest hill (Mt Victoria) and the town became known as Flagstaff.

Deep water anchorage was found nearby and the area became the base for the Navy the area was renamed Devonport after the English naval town. The drydock when it was opened in 1888, was at the time the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and today, the Royal New Zealand Davy still has its national base there.

Boat ownership is high amongst the residents of Devonport. Two local yacht clubs have produced world renowned sailors and designers - Sir Peter Blake who was tragically murdered, and Bruce Farr - both were from Devonport.

The Devonport lifestyle is relaxed with locals being made up of writers, poets, artists, actors, musicians. There is a strong sense of community and some are still residing in the houses where they were born. Devonport has a warmth and coziness and a feel of a time gone by. My morning cuppa always reminds me of Devonport... I got my kiwi coffee mug there.

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  • Last visit to Devonport: Apr 2000
  • Intro Updated Jun 4, 2009
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  • birchy99's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2005 at 4:11 PM

    Ah, yes. I spent a delightful Anzac Day in Devonport on a layover. Stayed at the Esplanade and watched the parade. Very wonderful time.

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2005 at 8:28 AM

    Delightful page about a place I never knew existed. Love the signboard at the Bookshop - "Hard to Find - But worth the effort" ... would be nice to have a tip about making the Real Margarita :)

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 8:15 AM

    Lovely page, excellent tips of Davonpot. The pictures also have a professional touch. Well done Kiwi!

  • marcoparco's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2004 at 3:22 PM

    Once again...another amazing page! Amazing work!

  • TomorrowsAngel's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2004 at 9:00 AM

    Great page! We used to take the ferry over in time to see the boats come back from the racing back in the 2000 America's Cup.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2003 at 9:47 AM

    Nice tips. This sounds like the place to stay in Auckland. Great ambiance and views.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2003 at 12:27 PM

    Devonport looks like a wonderful area!! I'd love to see some of those boat races!! Cool page!!

  • Amitu's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2003 at 10:28 PM

    Wonderful insights, Keewee..I hope to visit this place someday

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2003 at 6:17 PM

    I like it. I need to see more of New Zealand.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2002 at 9:16 PM

    and the Louis Vuitton Cup is in full flight..the challenge for the Americas Cup who is still New Zealands Cup!!..wonderful page

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