including Stanley Bay, Stanley Pt, Cheltenham and Vauxhall

Suburb Specialists

Devonport is Auckland’s only real village, according to its locals, who also insist it’s the centre of the known universe. It’s one of the city’s earliest and prettiest suburbs, with villas stretching in every direction, pohutukawas lining the waterfront and the twin peaks of Mt Victoria and North Head acting as a dramatic backdrop. The council regulations regarding old homes in designated heritage areas here are draconian and while rebellious home owners might bristle at being told what colour they can and can’t paint their homes, it does protect the historic ambience of the place. All of these suburbs are an easy commute by ferry from the CBD (by car it’s more of a mission); many locals get their caffeine kick start on the ferry in the morning, and wind down on the way home with a glass of pinot. You can’t do that on the bus!

Who Lives There?

Arty, creative types have always favoured Devonport for its peaceful atmosphere, beautiful coastline and historical charm. These days the area attracts many young professionals, often with school-age children, looking for large homes, big sections and a laid-back community-minded lifestyle close to beaches, parks and good schools. It’s popular with those often relocating from overseas – chiefly western Europeans; Italians, Dutch – or from other parts of New Zealand. Residents are a pro-active lot who will fight to protect the uniqueness of their suburb. Young professionals who grew up here are returning with their own families. Along the way, many expansive properties long-held in family ownership have been subdivided for sons and daughters in a low key twist on the “old money” theme. With heritage being the very essence of Devonport, it’s entirely appropriate that this is where Jeremy Salmond, probably New Zealand’s top conservation architect, chooses to live and work.

Typical Homes

Devonport boasts many elegant, picturesque Victorian and Edwardian villas and cottages, large and small, along the water’s edge and down the little streets beyond the village. It has the North Shore’s largest collection of villas. Inconspicuously dotted among the older houses are a smaller number of 1960s units and homes. Bungalows in the area are being renovated for the second time. Devonport’s heritage character is strongly supported by the Auckland Council and zoning regulations require renovations to enhance the historical flavour of individual buildings, the immediate neighbourhood and the wider suburb. Street facades pre-1930 can’t generally be altered and rear additions and alterations must be done using sympathetic materials. But inside, you can do what you wish. There are few apartment blocks – and that’s considered a big attraction. Devon Park was built in the very late 1960s, before the brakes were put on such projects, and it was actually the very first block of high-rise apartments in the entire metropolis.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 21.97%
Aged Over 65 Years 10.41%
European 84.06%
Maori 5.90%
Pacific Peoples 1.71%
Asian 2.95%