Looking north over Waitemata Harbour from the wharfs of the Auckland CBD, you may spy the North Shore peninsula, an area lacking in towering structures or urban over-development. A closer look via the lengthier State Highway 1 or the super-quick ferry ride from Auckland will reveal a distinctness of character that has drawn travelers to Devonport for over 150 years.
Much of Devonport's appeal lies in its Victorian architecture and the many heritage buildings along the harbor, with Devonport Wharf, King Edward Parade, and Victoria Road supplying a great range of shops, cafes, and restaurants from which to view the Auckland skyline. The charming seaside isn't all it has going for it, though. Great views can be had from the two hills in the district, Mount Victoria and North Head. North Head is also notable for its World War II bunkers and artillery, as well as a variety of underground tunnels that are open to the public. Lastly, the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, housed in an old submarine mining station, is an excellent chance to see the country's development from the Navy perspective.
If you'd like a chance to walk through a few historic, picturesque neighborhoods or enjoy the ocean vistas after a lightning fast ferry ride from Auckland, then Devonport is the way to go.