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Devonport Auckland

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

Devonport is an area in North Shore Auckland near the harbour bridge. From here there is a ferry going to Auckland city. The place is surrounded with great views onto Auckland city center, Rangitoto island, harbour bridge and the vast sea. Below is a video clip showing the surroundings from the top of the hill:

View over the waters following harbour bridge. Somewhere in these waters boat racing America's cup took place:

The America's Cup took place in March 2021 where Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team competed with Italian Circolo della Vela Sicilia club. The competition was won by New Zealand team, which used a boat named Te Rehutai, a new generation racing boat.

There are also views from the tunnels berried down the hill and a cave from where part of eastern islands can be seen:

The path is manageable with a pram and offers multiple sites of interest such as the tunnels, the cave, abandoned remnants of the fort and the tiji (summit), an important lookout point.

There are two ways to get out of the summit, one is using a direct route with stairs and the other is going back the way you came along the sealed path.

The facilities here include a children's playground, a sports field, and public bathrooms.

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, where the photos were taken, has its own history. It is an ancestral mountain which erupted about 90, 000 years ago. There is belief that Hauraki used to be an island before sand and shell spit linked it to the rest of North Shore.

The Maori traditionally called the place Maunga-a-Uika (mountain of Uika) named after a young relative of the Maori voyager Toi-te-huatahi.

At the base of Maungauika, where the Navy Museaum now resides, one of the oldest Maori occupation sites was uncovered. The archaeologists found charcoal ovens, moa bones and shell midden.

The location of Maungauika provided coastal defence. A fort and three gun batteries were constructed in the area to provide protection against possibility of a Russian invasion in the 1880s.

The Maungauika path leads from the shore of the Waitemata to the top of the mountain. A suggested start is from Cheltenham Road, which is a 15-minute walk from the Devonport Ferry Terminal.

View over the city center and Devonport harbour from the top of the hill.

View over the main island

View of Rangitoto Island and a map with a marked location of photos.

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