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DEVONPORT, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Victorian charm amid exotic South Pacific gardens.
A
relaxed village setting with frequent cross-harbor ferry sailings
reaching the action center of downtown Auckland in under 15 minutes.

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Elegant styling characterizes every bedroom at the Devonport Inn. Photo © Home At First.
Elegant styling characterizes every
bedroom at the Devonport Inn.

THE ACCOMMODATIONS: Home At First’s principal lodging in Auckland is a luxury bed and breakfast inn set in a restored Victorian mansion. Devonport Inn is a stately home dating from the 1880's converted to a grand bed and breakfast guesthouse. Each of its seven guestrooms has its own character, with elegant furnishings consistent with the inn’s Victorian architecture. Each room has its own full bathroom, TV, telephone, computer port, coffee/tea service, hair dryer, and iron. Common rooms include a quiet corner lounge with computer access, and

comfortable, upholstered chairs ideal for conversation or reading. Dining facilities include a large main table under a cathedral ceiling, as well as window tables and terrace deck tables overlooking the inn’s lush tropical garden. Breakfast is special at Devonport Inn with a choice of fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade muesli, Belgian berry waffles, smoked bacon, and the house specialty, eggs Devonport with smoked salmon. The 3-story building has limited private courtyard parking as well as on-street parking in front of the inn.

Breakfast room at the Devonport Inn. Photo © Home At First.
Breakfast room at the Devonport Inn.

 

Shops, restaurants, cafés, a park, and the Waitemata Harbour border colorful Devonport village square. Photo © Home At First.
Shops, restaurants, cafés, a park, and the
 Waitemata Harbour border colorful
Devonport village square.

THE SETTING: Historic Devonport Inn is in the heart of the Devonport village, just across Waitemata Harbor from downtown Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Devonport is built around three mini-volcanoes: Mt. Victoria, Mt. Cambria, and North Head on the north shore of Waitemata Harbor near its entrance to the Hauraki Gulf. The inn is just a few steps away from Devonport’s main shopping street, Victoria Road, noteworthy for its many café-restaurants, trendy galleries and shops, and eclectic museums. Between the inn and the harbor is the waterfront park with its great, shady fig trees.

        Those reaching the top of nearby Mt. Victoria (a 5-minute drive or 30 minute walk from the inn) are rewarded with a 360º view of Devonport, the harbor, the gulf, and the impressive Auckland skyline with the 1,075’ high Sky Tower, tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. A three-minute walk from the inn leads to Fuller’s Auckland-Devonport passenger ferry, with frequent sailings (usually every half-hour; journey time is 12 minutes) to central Auckland.

The view from Mt. Victoria looks across Devonport, and Waitemata Harbor to downtown Auckland. Photo © Home At First.
The view from the peak of mini-volcano
Mt. Victoria overlooks Devonport village,
and extends across
Waitemata Harbour
to the skyline of Auckland's city center.

   

Looking across Waitemata Harbor from Devonport to Auckland. Sky Tower is New Zealand's candidate for tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Photo © Home At First.
Looking across Waitemata Harbor from
Devonport to Auckland. Sky Tower is
New Zealand's candidate for tallest
structure in the Southern Hemisphere.

THE LOCATION: Devonport provides great access to the many visitor attractions of Auckland and its harbor. Devonport also provides a gracious refuge from the frantic, noisy pace of the city. Its handy ferry access to central Auckland and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf means guests staying at Devonport don’t need to drive or park in the city in order to explore the city and environs. At the end of a busy day of touring Auckland and the gulf islands — like Waiheke Island with its many boutique wineries — guests return to the civilized charms of Victorian Devonport and the comforts of the Devonport Inn.

 

ACTIVITIES POSSIBLE: The nearest swimming beach to the inn is only 200 yards away on Waitemata Harbor. The larger Cheltenham Beach is 5 minutes by car and 15 minutes away on foot distance by car. The stroll to Cheltenham Beach follows the harbor promenade (King Edward Parade) leads east past North Head (with excellent views of the harbor and the islands of the gulf, and several former military tunnels with guns guarding the harbor entrance) and Torpedo Bay swimming beach.

Breakfast on the verandah at Home At First's Devonport Inn. Photo © Home At First.
Breakfast on the verandah
at Devonport Inn
.

Ferry departing Devonport for Auckland, a 15-minute cruise across Waitemata Harbour. Photo © Home At First.

        Golf is as close as Devonport’s Waitemata Golf Course, just 2 minutes drive from the inn. Devonport’s free Naval Museum and Devonport Museum are ready for a visit on the rare rainy day. All the attractions of downtown Auckland are about 15 minutes away by ferry, and various adventures await you on the several islands of the Hauraki Gulf also conveniently reached by ferry.

Ferry departing Devonport for Auckland, a
15-minute cruise across Waitemata Harbour.

 

THE WELCOME: The hostess at Devonport Inn is eager to tend to tired and hungry travelers. She will help guests plan their daily activities. Moreover, she can arrange for transport to/from Auckland Airport for fresh arrivals or those preparing their departure from New Zealand.

The hostess at the Devonport Inn is always eager
to attend to the comfort and needs of her guests.

The hostess at the Devonport Inn is always eager to attend to the comfort and the needs of her guests. Photo © Home at First.

 

Guest lounge at the Devonport Inn. Photo © Home At First.
Comfortable guest lounge
at the Devonport Inn.

THE OFFER: The Devonport Inn offers an elegant, welcoming, peaceful, and practical base from which to explore Auckland, as well as an ideal location from which to begin or end one’s New Zealand itinerary. Elegant Victorian lodgings with a delectable breakfast daily make a stay at the Devonport Inn an ideal addition to any New Zealand travel program. With a broad selection of touring options and outdoor activities close at hand, adding a stay at the Devonport Inn to your independent, flexible, fly/drive HOME AT FIRST trip makes it possible to experience the New Zealand of your travel dreams.

AVAILABILITY: For current availability information, call
HOME AT FIRST at (800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail at: info@homeatfirst.com.

 

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