Auckland, New Zealand
Devonport & the North Shore
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
This excursion takes you from central Auckland to the beautiful suburb of Devonport, with unsurpassed views of the city and its iconic landmarks.
Enjoy a drive past the Devonport Peninsula's colonial architecture as you take in the tranquility of this historic village. A photo opportunity at North Head--part of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park--affords sweeping views of Auckland and its harbor. Yachts and colorful sailboats dot the seascape below as you look down from atop an old volcanic formation. This area was the site of 19th-century harbor fortifications, with a number of military tunnels and bunkers remaining to this day.
Mt Victoria is the tallest volcano on Auckland's North Shore and once the site of a Maori settlement. See the Mk VII 8-inch disappearing gun and take in the incredible panoramic vistas: 360-degree views over the North Peninsula, Devonport and Auckland.
Devonport village itself feels like a step back in time. One of the oldest settlements in New Zealand, this quaint suburb on the North Peninsula is noted for its colonial wooden architecture.
After a guided orientation tour, use your free time to stroll the streets of Devonport and browse at the galleries and boutiques, or simply relax at a café (at your own expense).
At the conclusion of the tour, guests who wish to stay in Devonport to shop or explore on their own are welcome to do so, but must return to the ship on their own. Your driver/guide will provide you with ferry tickets to be used at your leisure when you wish to return to the ship.
This tour departs the ship by coach and returns to Auckland by ferry. The walk from the downtown ferry terminal back to the ship is approximately 150 yards. Stores in Devonport may be closed on public holidays.