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Exploring Auckland's Prettiest Village - Devonport | New Zealand

My First Impressions of New Zealand

I’m happy to announce, we’ve finally made it to Auckland, New Zealand! And we have enjoyed getting a chance to settle in. We found ourselves staying in Devonport, a little town right outside of Auckland’s central business district.

New Zealand seems to be a good fit for Rasmus and me. Obviously, being in an English-speaking country is a huge bonus in terms of ease. The culture and overall inclusive and progressive value system of NZ also seem to be a fit. We will see! In six months I will know more.

New Zealand seems to be a good fit for Rasmus and me.

The town we've moved to, Devonport, is stunning. It’s surrounded by water on three sides and gets killer sunrises and sunsets. Devonport, and Auckland in general, are super lush.

The humidity has been above 85% the entire time we’ve been here. Currently, it’s fall, and we are headed straight into winter. Winters here are said to be mild. July is the coldest month, with highs around 58 degrees and lows around 45.

This town, if it wasn’t so far away from the rest of the world, is somewhere I’d love to settle down! It’s quaint but slyly right up against the big city.

It’s got a clean, victorian, historic vibe that just speaks to me. I love it! Not to mention, there are kiwi and avocado trees everywhere, and everything is within walking distance.

What’s Up in the Bach House

Over the next few months, we are going to try to find permanent housing. We are here for the duration of Rasmus’s next basketball contact, which will take us into 2022. Right now, there are zero active COVID cases in New Zealand.

As you may or may not know, New Zealand has had one of the best COVID responses worldwide. I am thankful to be in such a proactive country.

I’ve had the chance to tour around Auckland a bit since I arrived on May 4th. But mostly, I’m sick of traveling around after our six-month Australia tour, so I’ve been exploring close to our new home.

The Boyz Are Bach in Town!

Enjoy a couple of puns with our last name. Rasmus was recently featured on this local news show.

8 Things to See in Devonport

Just 12 minutes by ferry or 20 minutes by car from Auckland’s central business district is Devonport. There are breathtaking city views, colorful beaches, boutique shopping, charming accommodation, and friendly café culture. It’s rated one of the top spots to visit in Auckland, which is why we booked an Airbnb here for six weeks.

Devonport has two large hills that boast stunning 360-degree views of Auckland and the surrounding areas. From Mount Victoria, you’ll see Rangitoto and other islands. You’ll also see why Auckland is sometimes called “The City of Sails.” The sailboats are exciting on the horizon.

Below you’ll find a collection of photos from the area and a list of things to do in Devonport. We have been here in May, autumn, but I imagine visiting during the summer months would allow for fabulous swimming!

1. Walk to the Top of Mt Victoria

Only a 10-20 minute uphill walk, the summit of Mt Victoria is a must to get some of the best views of Auckland’s Downtown! You’ll see across to Auckland North Shore and the Hauraki Gulf, as well as stunning views of the Auckland city skyline.

Location: Kerr Street.

2. Visit North Head

For more great views and a bit of history, visit North Head! Explore military tunnels, bunkers, and old cannons. The trails around North Head also captures the fantastic sights of Auckland city and out to Rangitoto Island.

Location: Takarunga Road.

3. Enjoy Cheltenham Beach

Just a mile walk from the Devonport ferry terminal, and you’ll find yourself at sandy Cheltenham Beach. It’s a great place to go for a tranquil swim or find seashells. I saw lots of people swimming back and forth along the calm, quiet waters.

Location: Cheltenham Road.

4. Check Out Victoria Road

Victoria Road is where you’ll find most of Devonport’s downtown, cafes, art, shops, and stores. It’s got a great small town slow vibe, so take an afternoon and go exploring. If you come in from Auckland city by ferry, you’ll pop out on this street.

Location: Victoria Road.

5. Walk Through Cambria Reserve

This lush, green reserve is all that remains of a volcano that was active between 1883 and 1985. You can find much of the volcanic rock around Devonport today. The Cambria Reserve is an excellent place for a quiet afternoon or picnic.

Location: Church Road and Vauxhall Road.

6. Devour Local Devonport Chocolates

Visit Devonport Chocolates, where you can watch chocolatiers handmaking delicious local chocolate. They have something for everyone, so be sure to stop in while downtown.

Location: Wynyard Street.

7. Explore the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum

This free-entry museum is a great way to spend a few hours in Devonport. You'll learn about New Zealand’s vast naval culture and history. You’ll get a close look at the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Devonport has its own Naval Base. It is currently the only base of the navy that operates ships and has been used as a Navy base since 1841.

Location: King Edward Parade, Torpedo Bay.

8. See a Movie at The Vic

This theater is an old-school community theater offering a range of blockbuster & independent films, plus draft brews. Sit down with something yummy from their boutique cafe and enjoy an intimate setting.

Location: Victoria Road.

Missing Home

One of the hardest things about living overseas is missing big moments back home. This month my youngest sister graduated from Colorado State University! I am beyond proud of her. My mom wanted so bad to be there for that moment. On the day of, I cried because I knew how proud mom would be. Congratulations, Adela!

And my dad turned 54! I continue to be amazed by his strength and faith. The last six months have been tough since we lost mom. Dad continues to move forward, in the face of uncertainty. His outlook on life and love of family inspire me every day. Happy Birthday, papa bear. I love you!

Ta Ta For Now!

I hope you enjoyed my update! Have you been to Devonport? Or anywhere in New Zealand? I’d love to get your recommendations! Please comment recommendations below.

I am also excited to be celebrating 100 blog posts since I started this blog in July of 2018! Cheers, and thanks to all my readers who've supported my work along the way.


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