Overview

  • North Head - Check out the military tunnels, bunkers and gun emplacements on North Head, and take a torch to make the most of your underground adventure! Take a photo of the large disappearing gun on the southern slope or walk the grassy tracks around the rocky foreshore. A historic reserve built on a volcanic cone, North Head is located 2 km from Devonport Wharf - a short walk along King Edward Parade. You can also access North Head from Cheltenham Beach.
  • Mount Victoria Lookout Walk - Mount Victoria is the tallest volcanic cone on the North Shore, offering spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City. As Mount Victoria was once a Māori pā (village or defence settlement), you can still see terraces and pits on the hill's upper slopes. Later developed by Europeans as a military position, the mountain also boasts a Signalman's House, a disappearing gun, and concrete bunkers. Access Mount Victoria's summit trail from Kerr Street at the top of Victoria Road - a 10-20 minute walk will take you to the top
  • Torpedo Bay Navy Museum - Visit the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum to discover New Zealand’s rich naval culture and heritage - just a short a 1.5 km walk from the ferry terminal, along King Edward Parade. Permanent and special exhibitions showcase the Navy's values of commitment, courage and comradeship. An especially significant site, Torpedo Bay has been occupied by military forces since the 1880s. The original buildings from Torpedo Bay's 19th century mining base now house the museum. Enjoy a coffee or ice cream at the waterfront museum cafe afterwards, and be sure to explore the neighbouring North Head Historic Reserve. Admission is free.
  • Beaches - A 20-minute stroll from the Devonport ferry terminal, Cheltenham Beach is a local favourite. With its long stretch of sand, calm waters and view straight across to Rangitoto Island, Cheltenham is the perfect spot for a swim or picnic. Stop in at the nearby shops on Vauxhall Road for takeaway fish and chips or a baguette sandwich from Chateaubriant, a quaint French cafe. Closer to the ferry terminal, you'll also find Devonport Beach and Torpedo Bay, both facing South to the city.

What do I need?

  • Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
  • Swimming gear and a towel, in the warmer months.
  • A light rain jacket, and warm layers. Temperatures can change quickly regardless of the season.

How long should I stay?

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.

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