And we made it! Summer is here once again and all those winter blues are swept away and forgotten about. The sky has never been clearer, the sand never so golden or the sea so enticing. Devonport makes your heart sing in summer.
We got into the festive spirit once again as the village came alive with its annual Santa Parade and Christmas Carnival 11am Sunday 1st December. Inside the Community House, at the same time, was an ethical Christmas market for those that enjoy some guilt-free, locally made shopping.
Inside the Library the Village Christmas Tree is up with boxes for this year’s City Mission collection; so remember to buy an extra gift for those in need.
With new retailers operating in the village, Devonport is a great place to do Santa’s dirty work in a relaxed seaside setting. My top tips are Perfume Workshop vouchers at Miller Road Perfumery, locally-made glass jewellery by our own Peter Raos glass artist, stunning stationery, fountain pens and wax seals at Fitzgerald Taylor, stylish little homewares and unique qifts from Echo Living, and durable denim aprons from Bear Brothers Denim. And for those Secret Santa gifts? Who can go past Devonport Chocolates?
If you’re on the hunt for a fantastic Christmas party venue, then find the time to try Vic Road Kitchen and their latest offering Fish Kitchen on the ferry terminal. Or for relaxed after-work vibes, grab yourself a Harry’s burger and take it Tiny’s to wash down with the latest craft brew on tap.
Devonport is genuinely a village to explore and for those of you who have family from abroad coming to check out our piece of paradise, then consider a Magic Broomstick Segway Tour or ebike hire from Bikes & Barbers; two great ways to navigate the peninsula and its many secret spots.
This is my last column as Devonport Business Improvement District Manager as I am taking up my duties alongside Aidan Bennett on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. I’m looking forward to discovering more local eateries, beautiful shops, exploring more reserves, walkways and treasured places further up the coast. Wishing all of you a really joyful Christmas day, a relaxing break from work (if you get one) and long golden days in our beachside suburb.
Toni van Tonder