Suburb Spotlight : Devonport

The seaside suburb of Devonport sits directly across Waitematā Harbour from Auckland’s CBD, and is easily reached by ferry or road. Founded in 1840, this heritage suburb is notable for its splendid Victorian and Edwardian era villas and 1920s California-style bungalows, with a scattering of architecturally designed contemporary homes. Devonport is a popular destination for day trips, with sightseers making the short journey from the city to take in the beauty of North Head Historic Reserve and the views from Mt Victoria.  Other attractions include the Navy Museum, Flagstaff Art Gallery, the Victoria Theatre and the annual Glow Festival. The village high street is lined with attractive cafes, bars and shops.  While new builds are a rarity in Devonport, developers have converted a number of historic buildings, including the former Masonic Tavern on King Edward Parade, into apartments and townhouses in recent years.

Devonport demographics

 Median age: 39.7 years.

75.9% European descent, 5.3% Maori, 2.2% Pacific peoples and 19.7% Asian  

32.2 % have a university education

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Median income: $35,300

Most common languages after English: Korean

Source: 2013 NZ census



“Devonport is a unique and wonderful heritage village on a small peninsular overlooking the magnificent Auckland City Skyline and Inner Waitemata Harbour,” says Ian Cunliffe, salesperson at Barfoot & Thompson Devonport. “It has a rich and unique history and has a splendid array of Victorian and Edwardian turn of the century villas plus 1920's Californian style bungalows. The popular Victoria Road is home to many boutique cafes, shops, restaurants, a theatre and a new library and there are some lovely art galleries to view. Devonport is a holiday destination for many world travelers and the local community are proud to call it home.” 

Devonport schools

Devonport is home to several excellent schools, including Devonport Primary, Vauxhall School, Stanley Bay School , St Leo’s Catholic School, Belmont Primary School, Bayswater School, Belmont Intermediate, and Takapuna Grammar, all of which are decile 10.   

About Barfoot & Thompson Devonport 

Established in 1952, Barfoot & Thompson Devonport branch is housed in a well-maintained heritage building that dates back to the early 1900s. The team are Gold Sponsors of the North Shore Cricket Club, Gold Sponsors of the St Leo’s School Fair, and dedicated supporters of theatrical productions at The Rose Center.  To learn more about buying or investing in Devonport, drop in or give them a call on 09 445 2010.

Devonport property facts and figures

Average weekly rental by number of bedrooms   

Renters should expect to pay at least $408 for a one-bedroom property.



Average sales price per quarter 

Prices have risen gradually since 2011. 


Sales by property type 

The majority of recent properties sold have been houses.



Age of Devonport homes 

Building dropped off dramatically in the 1930s, but picked up after the Harbour Bridge was built.