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Mount Victoria

Hike up this grassy volcano to see 360-degree views of Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf, as well as intriguing historical sites and cultural centres.

Mount Victoria (Takarunga) is the highest volcano on the North Shore of Auckland. Peaking at 87 metres (285 feet), the hill is an idyllic spot to enjoy panoramic views and fresh sea air. Its Maori name translates to “the hill standing above”. A short hike or drive will bring you to the stunning lookouts over Waitemata Harbour, Auckland’s skyline and the inner region of the Hauraki Gulf. See relics of a former Maori settlement, 19th-century concrete bunkers and the Old Signalman’s House during your visit to this scenic hilltop.

Embark on your hillside stroll from Mount Victoria’s southern face, which looks out over Torpedo Bay and Auckland Harbour across the water. Be sure to look back over your slowly expanding views as you ascend the hill. The hill is mostly bald and grassy, aside from a scattering of trees. Reach the scenic lookout on top of the hill and spend a moment enjoying the panoramic views. Spot landmarks in Auckland’s cityscape, such as Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower and the Auckland Waterfront, as well as the wild expanse of Rangitoto Island to the northeast.

Explore the hilltop to find the 19th-century disappearing gun and a concrete bunker, which is now the home of the Devonport Folk Music Club. Spot the red-and-white painted toadstools around Mount Victoria’s water pumping station. Stroll by the Old Signalman’s House, now used as the Michael King Writers’ Centre and hosts writers-in-residence programmes for emerging and established writers. You might be able to spot the remnants of the Kawerau tribe fortifications and earthworks.

Pack a picnic or drink to enjoy on the hilltop before making your way back down to Devonport. The summit of Mount Victoria is situated 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) from Devonport’s ferry terminal and visitor centre. Walk up the hill in 10 to 20 minutes, or make the short journey by car. Parking is available on top of the hill. The area is open at any time and free to visit.


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Andelin Guest House
Andelin Guest House

Andelin Guest House

100 Victoria Rd, Devonport
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Mount Victoria and within 3 mi (5 km) of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Princes Wharf. Queen Street Shopping District and Takapuna Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Devonport Motel
    Devonport Motel

    Devonport Motel

    11 Buchanan St, Devonport
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Mount Victoria and within 3 mi (5 km) of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Princes Wharf. Sky Tower and Spark Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Peace and Plenty Inn
      Peace and Plenty Inn

      Peace and Plenty Inn

      6 Flagstaff Terrace, Devonport
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Mount Victoria and within 3 mi (5 km) of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Princes Wharf. Sky Tower and Queen Street Shopping District are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        The Esplanade Hotel ¥10,519
        The Esplanade Hotel

        The Esplanade Hotel

        1 Victoria Road, Devonport
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Devonport, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Mount Victoria and within 3 mi (5 km) of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Princes Wharf. Sky Tower and Spark Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Large Spacious family home, close Devonport & Beaches
          Large Spacious family home, close Devonport & Beaches

          Large Spacious family home, close Devonport & Beaches

          25 Shoal Bay Road, Devonport, Auckland
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Devonport, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mount Victoria and within 3 mi (5 km) of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Princes Wharf. Queen Street Shopping District is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

            Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group ¥10,992
            Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

            Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

            83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 15 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 16 minutes.

              Rydges Auckland ¥10,517
              Rydges Auckland

              Rydges Auckland

              59 Federal Street Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, Sky Tower, and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and Queen Street Shopping District are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                Oxford Cottage - Devonport
                Oxford Cottage - Devonport

                Oxford Cottage - Devonport

                1/28A Oxford Terrace, Devonport
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Cheltenham Beach and North Head. Narrow Neck Beach and Mount Victoria are also within 1 mi (2 km).