The Devonport Business Association wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Pohutukawa blossoms announce the beginning of summer and Christmas in Devonport. The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its brilliant crimson flower is part of New Zealand Christmas tradition.
This is a special time of year bringing family and friends together to relax and celebrate the festive season.
Devonport embraces the spirit of the Pohutukawa and is bursting with family summer fun and activity over December and January.
Take the time to enjoy the pohutukawa blossom, checkout the colourful window art and shop at a more leisurely pace in one of the many stylish boutique stores. Enjoy a break in a Devonport cafe and wind up at the end of the day in a Devonport bar or restaurant.
Explore Devonport's wonderful parks, beaches and many heritage sites.
Take the opportunity in January to escape the city. Within easy reach of the CBD and the rest of the shore Devonport provides a welcome summer escape.
Explore this charming historic suburb with a selection of self-tour options. Try a Segway from Magic Broomstick (Segway) Tours, hire a bike from Cycle Auckland located in the Devonport Ferry Terminal or take a spin around town on a scooter from Scootours Devonport.
January National Chess Championships
The new NZ National Chess Centre at 100b Victoria Rd, Devonport is the superb location for the 2015 National Open Chess Championship from the 1st - 9th January.
Overseas masters and grandmasters will include Grandmaster Allan Stig Rasmussen (reigning Danish Champion), Klaus Bischoff (reigning German Champion), and Indonesia's 22-year-old chess superstar WGM Irene Sukandar.
The main event is one round per day. Over the final weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th January, the New Zealand Chess Federation Rapid and Lightning Championships will be staged.
The event is free for spectators. Games start 1.30 pm daily in the main championship and generally last 3-4 hours. There is also a display of chess books and tournament quality chess sets for sale.
Devonport - A never ending discovery
Wonderful heritage buildings, spectacular scenery, stunning beaches... Devonport, the beautiful village by the sea has it all, and at just 10 minutes ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD it is wonderfully easy to visit.
You’ll fall in love with Devonport from the moment you arrive; in fact you may never want to leave! It’s no wonder that Devonport rates so highly on nearly every Kiwi’s “must-do” list and it’s the 4th most visited destination in the Auckland region.
Surrounded by the stunning waters of the Waitemata Harbour, Devonport is blessed with boundless natural beauty, from the twin volcanic cones of Mount Victoria and North Head, offering some of the most spectacular views in Auckland, to its superb, safe white sand beaches.
Experience the art galleries, cafes, boutique shopping, the history and the delights of all that Devonport has to offer.
Auckland is the world’s 5th most liveable city* and Devonport is Auckland’s Crown Jewel. So come on over... you’ll love it!
* According to the Lonely Planet Guide