Devonport highlights: What to see and do

The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere.

The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Stroll around the village at your leisure and visit some of its attractions including the many art galleries, historic points of interest and lookouts.

Galleries are scattered throughout the village with a range of art by specialists in glass art, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, jewellery and more.

Pay a visit to master glass artist Peter Raos; Flagstaff Gallery featuring contemporary New Zealand fine art, Lode Jewellery and Art by the Sea.

While exploring the galleries, take a break at one of the many cafes or indulge at the renowned Devonport Chocolates.

Devonport has an interesting history from both its indigenous Maori inhabitants and colonial European settlers. Three small volcanoes are situated in Devonport, which are believed to have been occupied by fortified Maori settlements from about 1350 AD.

The remaining volcanic cones (North Head and Mount Victoria) are popular visitor spots where evidence of Maori occupation and gun emplacement from WWII can still be seen and explored today.

Wandering around the village takes you back to a bygone era of colonial settlement in the 1800s, as the streets are lined with beautifully renovated Victorian villas.

The wharf at the edge of the shops has a memorial to the arrival of Maori people on the Tainui canoe about 1300 AD.

For more information visit www.AucklandNZ.com.

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