Devonport has always been one of my favourite places in Auckland. When I was studying at Auckland university, and later working in downtown Auckland, there was always something liberating about boarding the ferry to Devonport. The feeling that all of the hustle and bustle and stress of study and work was blown away by the sea breeze as the ferry chugged its away across the water. I loved wandering through the art galleries, and visiting the Stone Oven Café for one of their delicious muffins. When my husband and I decided to get married in New Zealand, we got married in Devonport. We still have stunning wedding photos on our wall, from the top of North Head looking out over the water to Rangitoto. And later we took our kids to Devonport, to eat freshly cooked fish and chips wrapped in newspaper, while sitting in the park on the waterfront. Afterward the kids would play on the slides and swings, while eating Hokey Pokey ice cream, and we would watch the boats sail past, and sip on a glass of local Sauvignon Blanc. Bliss.
But the wharf itself was always a bit of let-down. It was somewhere you hurried through on your way to the village, or to the boat. There was never really any reason to linger there. Finally, someone has seen the potential of this wonderful spot, and all this has changed. Introducing … Devon on the Wharf, opened 2 weeks ago, on the 25th of August this year.
A wonderful restaurant that seems to do it all. There is a kiosk providing freshly roasted coffee and fresh-pressed juices for commuters passing through the ferry building, as well as packed lunches for people wanting to take a picnic on the go. The main restaurant has delicious offerings including a full breakfast menu (with dishes like blueberry pancakes and truffled scrambled eggs on a crusty Turkish bagel) as well as lunch and dinner menus. The menus have a Mediterranean feel, with platters, souvlakis and Turkish pides, amongst other delicious meals on offer. There is also a bar where you can grab a beer after a hard day out and about, while admiring the Auckland city skyline through the window.
Devon on the Wharf is definitely worth putting on your list of things to experience while in Auckland. If you are staying in downtown Auckland, you could easily take the ferry over to Devonport for dinner one evening, and get the ferry back to your hotel afterwards. What a delightful way to leave the stresses of the day behind, and enjoy delicious food and a beautiful space right on the water.
You can find out more about this great new restaurant on their website: http://devononthewharf.nz