First stop we take the ferry to Devonport, a quaint seaside village on the north shores. I immediately rechristen it Wallasey as the neighbouring ferry is going to Birkenhead. I can’t help wondering if the person who named it came from Liverpool and was likening the journey to a ferry across the Mersey. Wallasey, sorry Devonport, is a laid back place full of Victorian wooden villas, little shops, galleries and cafe bars. We give the village centre a wide berth and walk along the front in the direction of Cheltenham Beach. We take a detour on route to North Head, an old navy fort on the site of an extinct volcano. We follow the footpath to the summit, which only takes around 15 minutes, and enjoy fine views of Auckland harbour, Rangitoto Island and Cheltenham beach. Periodically we come across old guns and watch towers from when it was an active military installation. Apparently they prepared and trained for an invasion that never came.
Nice shot, must be wonderful around there!
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