Devonport & Cheltenham Family Day Out
The Top 12 places for kids to play, explore and fun in Devonport and Cheltenham on the North Shore.
Devonport one of New Zealand’s favourite seaside suburbs is within sight and just a quick 12 minute ferry ride across the harbour. Your family can catch the ferry from the wharf at the bottom of Queen Street, and enjoy one of the ‘City of Sails’ best scenic views and then be strolling through the historic seaside village. Devonport has many small sandy beaches to be discovered as well as a fun playground, compact quaint village centre bustling with cafés, shops, a cinema, library, and galleries, and two volcanic cones offering spectacular views.
Neighbourhood Parks and Playgrounds
1. Windsor Reserve Playground
Devonport, Auckland map
Fun coastal themed park for kids of all ages by the beach and close to the ferry, library and high street in Devonport. The park was updated in June 2020 and has a 7.9 metre lighthouse inspired play tower, tunnels, rope climbs, swings, spinners, rockers, balance springers, water play and more to keep the kids entertained.
2. Devonport Domain
Devonport Domain, Devonport map
Fun partially fenced playground on the waterfont, an easy walk between the Devonport town centre and the Navy Museum. Or if your kids are younger it is also an easy flat scooter or bike ride from the town centre,
Places to explore
3. North Head Maungauika Historic Reserve
Takarunga Road, Devonport, Auckland
Explore the underground tunnels, gun emplacements and fortifications at North Head – a volcanic cone that juts out into the harbour offering incredible 360-degree views over the Hauraki Gulf to iconic Rangitoto Island and back to the city skyline.
Historic North Head was once home to a heavily armed fort built to defend Auckland. It was first used in the1880s against a suspected Russian invasion, and then again in 1941 during WWII. Fortified tunnels, mounted artillery, underground storerooms, barracks and guardrooms were all installed.
Families with older kids can event take a guided segway tour to the top of North Head.
4. Mount Victoria
Mount Victoria, Devonport
You can see Mount Victoria at the end of Devonport village and it is an easy walk up for the kids. Although you may get some complaining of how much longer on the way up. The views from the top are stunning both back to the city and towards Cheltenham Beach and the North Shore.
Kids will like the cute painted red and white mushrooms all of the the top of the mountain which were air vents for the tunnels under the hill.
Places to visit
5. Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
The Naval Museum, is an easy 1.5km stroll from the ferry,, or as our kids prefer a short scooter ride along a flat footpath. The museum occupies a refurbished 19th Century submarine mining station at Torpedo Bay. This state-of-the art space has unique collections of objects that tell the stories of New Zealand’s Navy. Plus you can’t forget the fun children’s playground at the front next to the cafe too!
6. Devonport Library
2 Victoria Street, Devonport
Kids love the reading nooks at the childrens section of the Devonport Library.
7. Cheltenham Beach
Vauxhaull Road, Devonport
Good sandy swimming beach with calm water for the kids and great views of Rangitoto. The water level is quite low at low tide, which makes it ideal for families with younger kids. There is a little playground at one end of the beach. Dairies and a fish & chip shop are a short walk away.
8. Narrow Neck Beach
King Edward Parade, Devonport
9. Torpedo Bay
Corner of Old Lake Road and Vauxhaull Road, Devonport
10. Torpedo Bay Wharf
Cafes and Ice Cream shops
11. Cheltenham Dairy Milk Bar
64 Vauxhall Road, Devonport
Fab smoothies, juices, scoops and shakes (pictured)
12. Torpedo Bay Cafe
46 King Edward Parade, Devonport