With its picturesque Victorian villas, stylish shops, beaches and relaxed seaside ambience, Devonport is the perfect place to spend a day, an afternoon, or even just dinner on the harbour. Only 12 minutes from the bustling Auckland City, Devonport is a great spot to admire the skyline from across the harbour - from the top of a volcanic cone!
Beyond the quaint cafes and shops on Victoria Road, Devonport boasts some of Auckland's best vista points. Climb to the top of Mount Victoria, the North Shore's highest volcanic cone, for a 360-degree lookout. On North Head, explore military tunnels, bunkers and gun emplacements before visiting the neighbouring Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. Or simply relax on Cheltenham Beach, a perfect picnic spot with views straight across to Rangitoto Island.
The seaside village of Devonport is located at the very southern point of Auckland's North Shore. Just 12 minutes across the harbour from downtown Auckland, Devonport is one of the city’s oldest suburbs.
Devonport is perfect if you're short on time. We recommend allowing a half day to fully explore the town, but it's definitely worth the 12-minute ferry ride for a meal.
For all ferry services, we recommend arriving at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes prior to ferry departure.
Devonport is an easy trip from Auckland City – perfect for anything from a special meal to a full day adventure. We recommend dedicating at least half a day to experience the village, volcanic cones and naval history.
This varies depending on how long you plan to stay and which activities you plan on doing. If you’re planning to explore North Head and Mount Victoria, wear good walking shoes, plus bring a torch for the North Head tunnels. Sun block and a sun hat are recommended for summer, plus swimming gear and a towel if you’re planning to swim at Cheltenham beach. We’d also recommend bringing a rain jacket and warm clothing, depending on the time of year and conditions. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants on the island, so there’s no need to bring your own food.
Yes, Devonport is a perfect place for a family day out.
Yes, most activities in Devonport are suitable for a stroller. Please be aware that access to the walking trails on North Head may be difficult, and strollers are not recommended for the Devonport Explorer tour.
Yes, Devonport Wharf is wheelchair accessible.
Yes, there are dedicated bike racks on all our Devonport ferries. Using these storage options reduces the risk of your bike falling and causing damage or injury.
E-bikes and e-scooters need to be stored on the back deck of the vessel. For safety reasons, they can’t be stored inside the cabin because of their lithium batteries. Please ensure you position your e-bike or e-scooter safely and out of the way of other passengers.
Yes, dogs travel free with any fare-paying passenger. Dogs can travel inside the cabin but we ask they are kept inside a suitable crate, cage or pet carrier. Official service dogs can travel inside the cabin and do not have to be kept in a crate, cage or pet carrier. There is also allocated seating on the external decks for those travelling with pets.
Unless specified otherwise, Devonport ferry tickets are valid for one year of the purchase date. These open tickets don’t specify a time or date you must travel, so you may take any sailing that suits your schedule - as long as it hasn't reached capacity.
There will be a temporary gate change at the Devonport Wharf. Between 21 October and 22 November, all services will operate from Devonport Pier 2.
Devonport Pier 1 will be closed for necessary annual maintenance to the pier infrastructure.
Tagging on & off in Devonport: When boarding in Devonport, AT HOP customers will need to tag on at Pier 1 before joining the queue at Pier 2. When disembarking in Devonport, AT HOP customers will also tag off at Pier 1.
Vessels: To coincide with pier maintenance, Kea will be out on her annual maintenance survey – since she can’t access Pier 2. During this time, you’ll see TiriKat, Ika Kākahi and Kekeno as the primary vessels for the Devonport route, as well as others from time to time.
Limited access: Please be advised that if you have limited mobility, travelling in a wheelchair or with a bike, pram or luggage, we cannot guarantee accessibility on all services. We strongly recommend you use alternative modes of transport during this time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we undertake this critical maintenance to keep our infrastructure and vessels safe and shipshape. We’ll let you know when Pier 1 reopens.