A favorite place to go on the North Shore is Devonport. It has an atmosphere of old villas and shops with antiques. A ferry comes and goes from Devonport on a regular basis. A modern ferry but as a child it was a steamer wooden type ferry.
There are some shops by the ferry wharf and the ferry goes from central Auckland Business District to this place.
We drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to get to Devonport. Takes 25 minutes.