Climb two volcanic cones, with a stroll along the historic waterfront street in between.
Waterfront & Twin Peaks Walk
- Start from the ferry terminal, and walk straight up Devonport’s high street, Victoria Road. You’ll pass plenty of shops and cafés if you’d like to grab a coffee or meal before your walk.
- At the top of Victoria Road, turn right on Kerr Street – the entrance to the Mount Victoria Summit walk will be immediately on your left.
- Follow the summit path to the top, and explore the bunker and gun emplacements while taking in amazing 360-degree views.
- After making your way back down the summit path, you’ll be back on Kerr Street. Turn left, and walk approximately 200 metres before turning right on Mays Street.
- After a 350-metre downhill stroll, you’ll find yourself on King Edward Parade, the waterfront street boasting beautiful views across to Auckland City.
- Turn left on King Edward Parade, and walk 750 metres to Cheltenham Road, where you’ll turn left.
- Walk 150 metres and turn right on Takarunga Road, following signs to North Head. Takarunga Road is the beginning of the Summit Track – follow green trail markers to the top of North Head.
- After enjoying the view from the summit, we recommend you also follow the yellow trail markers (Tunnel Loop) to explore the network of North Head tunnels.
- After descending North Head, follow Takarunga Road back to Cheltenham Road.
- If you’d like to make a stop at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and café, take a left on King Edward Parade.
- Or if you’d like to return, take a right to walk the waterfront all the way back to the Ferry Terminal – approximately 1.2 km.
Walking times are based on an average to slow pace, and will vary with different levels of fitness and time to stop for lunch, the beaches, or the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum.
Time: Approximately 2 hours return from Devonport Wharf (depending on stops & detours)
Distance: 6.2 km
Know before you go
- Bring water with you. There are plenty of cafés to stop into in Devonport Village (Victoria Road), as well as a café at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat.
- Bring a jacket and layers, as weather can change quickly.
- Bring a torch if you’d like to explore the North Head tunnels.
- Play safe - Because of holes, sudden drops and uneven surfaces, especially in the tunnels, take care when exploring the reserve and supervise children at all times.