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Colonial Homes of Devonport

This is the view of the many wooden colonial homes you can see from Mt Victoria in Devonport, on the North Shore Of Auckland.

New Zealand was only discovered at the end of the 1700ís and was therefore only colonised in the 1800ís.

In the 1880s a lot of farm land was subdivided and large wooden villas were built in a style which has now become part of Devonport's charm. Many of the villas have been lovingly restored and repainted, and beautiful gardens developed around them to enhance their glory.

Most of the houses are built of solid timber from the Kauri tree, Agathis australis, a native tree known for its straight growth habit and lack of knots.

The colonial architecture is such a feature of Devonport and the local City Council has been careful to set bylaws protecting heritage buildings and Devonport is proud of the number of villas that remain here.

A group of concerned Devonport citizens formed Devonport Heritage five years ago to lobby for the preservation of the unique historic value of Devonport precincts. The aim is to encourage the preservation and enhancement of the built heritage, its scale and its setting in the natural environment.

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