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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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100 Victoria Rd, Devonport
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        11 Buchanan St, Devonport
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Peace and Plenty Inn

          6 Flagstaff Terrace, Devonport
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            The Esplanade Hotel

            The Esplanade Hotel

            1 Victoria Road, Devonport
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              SkyCity Grand Hotel £111
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              SkyCity Grand Hotel

              90 Federal Street, Auckland
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.

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                SkyCity Hotel

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