Yesterday me and Ma caught the ferry from Auckland waterfront over to the historic village of Devonport, a quaint seaside town on the opposite side of the harbour. It’s a trip we’ve done many times and I love the chance to be out on the water, taking in the sights of the beautiful harbour – the Skytower, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the boats.
Home to the New Zealand Navy a couple of imposing grey ships welcomed us to town as the ferry pulled into the wharf. Devonport’s scenic beachfront location and its cafes, bookshops, galleries and historic homesteads mean it is popular with Auckland day-trippers, especially on weekends.
Mum and I had lunch in a great little café called Zest, which served green juices, smoothies and raw and vegan food. Mum tried a meat-free sausage roll (made with nuts) and I tried a leek and mushroom pie, an unusual but tasty interpretation of the great Kiwi classic. I couldn’t resist the intriguing sounding black bean chocolate slice with coconut frosting – it was yummo – I made a mental note to try the choc & black bean combo when I get into a kitchen again.
A street art installation called Woolly Poles has resulted in the poles down the main street of Devonport being covered in a colourful blitz of graffiti knitting. I loved this woolly ode to knitting – I’m a big fan of graffiti knitting (aka urban knitting or yarn bombing) – I’d love to give it a go, but I can’t knit!
After lunch Mum and I took a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, reminiscing about days gone by and enjoying each other’s company. Pohutukawa’s (NZ’s iconic coastal tree) lined the path along the shoreline as we looked back on Auckland city, blanketed with grey clouds.
Recommendation: Only a short ferry ride from Auckland a visit to Devonport is a lovely way to spend a few hours.