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Wellington may be the country’s capital, yet Auckland bogarts the Kiwi limelight; such is the size of New Zealand’s largest city, there are three ports dotted around the bustling metropolis – Devonport is perhaps the most picturesque of the lot.
The charming seaside village doesn’t hold much prominence outside of New Zealand, yet those who live in close proximity are very aware of the quaint streets, cosy cafes and glorious views afforded from the verdant hillside.
The short distance to Auckland’s city centre means that many who visit Devonport are just passing through, though those that do choose to stay for a day or two often reside in the recently restored Victorian Villas located next to a plethora of boutique stores and shopping outlets.
If you have a bit of time to spare before your departure, the landscape surrounding the harbour is emblazoned with pleasant walking trails, punctuated by several viewing spots to look out across the horizon. The harbour itself is fairly easy to reach via car; the road crossing the Harbour Bridge leads directly to the port, a journey which only takes around 12 minutes from the centre of Auckland.
Waiheke Island sits in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, and is the nation’s most densely populated island. The Waiheke ferry timetable includes over 30 sailings every day from Auckland Harbour, as well as numerous daily routes from Devonport and Half Moon Bay.
The wineries of Waiheke are considered world-class, set among idyllic countryside overlooking the island’s glorious beaches and glistening blue water. While relaxation is the main draw for visitors, the island is a playground for thrill seekers, with kayaking, forested hiking, snorkelling and fresh water swimming just some of the available activities.
Historians take note: Waiheke is also famed for its system of World War II gun emplacements and network of underground tunnels, which are open for exploration, making the island one of the most well-rounded tourist destinations in the country.