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North Shore literary walks

Devonport literary walk

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The maritime suburb of Devonport dates back to the 1850s. A peninsula surrounded by the Waitematā Harbour and the Rangitoto Channel, Devonport is studded with volcanic cones, the most prominent of which are Mt Victoria and North Head.

Start at the ferry terminal at the end of Victoria Road. Turn right and walk along the waterfront, King Edward Parade, to Mays Street. On the corner, at 7 King Edward Parade, lived A.R.D. (Rex) Fairburn.

This walk will take approximately 45 minutes.

Stanley Bay walk

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Walk up Victoria Road, turn left into Calliope Road. Continue along, turning right into Kiwi Road then left into Rutland Road.

Jack Lasenby lived at 27a (Rotherham House) for several years, from 1963 onwards. The house, which is down a long drive, was designed for use as a studio by Bruce Rotherham, a member of Group Architects. It was built in 1951 and is listed by North Shore City Council for its exceptional heritage significance.

This walk will take approximately one hour.

Takapuna walk

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Nowhere in Takapuna is far from its beach, and most of the writers who have lived in the town chose homes within easy walking distance of the glorious sweep of sand which extends from The Strand to Hauraki Corner.

Start at Hauraki Corner on Lake Road. Walk along to 6 Hauraki Road.

This walk will take approximately 45 minutes.

Castor Bay walk

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Although the surrounding area is today entirely built up and covered in luxurious houses, Castor Bay is as tranquil as it was when it became both a sanctuary and an inspiration for so many North Shore poets, short story writers and novelists.

Start at Seaview Road. Looking up East Coast Road on the left is Sherriff's Hill at the corner of East Coast Road and Stanley Avenue.

This walk will take approximately one hour.

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