Devonport is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. This seaside village attracts hundreds of tourists all around the world. There are many interesting things about this village that people don’t know. Here are some fascinating facts about Devonport.
It was an island
Many people don’t know that it was an island. It was named after the Devonport naval base situated in England. It is now home to Royal New Zealand Navy. It is also the place where the British Navy came in 1840.
You will be surprised to know that three volcanic cones make the major landmarks of Devonport. These volcanos are North Head, Mount Victoria, and Mt. Cambria.
There was a nuclear-free movement back in the 80s and Devonport became a nuclear-free region in 1981. The Devonport Borough Council was the first council in New Zealand to declare themselves a being nuclear-free zone.
In the 1840s, ferries first started to travel between Auckland city and Devonport. The ferries improved over the years. In 1860 there were paddle steamer ferries and in 1904 there were screw-driven ferries. Now it only takes 12 minutes to reach Devonport from downtown Auckland on a ferry.
Devonport is a village rich in heritage. Once you visit this place you will learn more about its culture and history. There are many historical sites to visit here. Devonport is a lovely place and you may spend your vacation here with your family.