Navy Social life

There’s always time for rest and relaxation in the Navy. It is a little different when you are at sea, because our ships are working vessels, so there is less space for recreational facilities. But there is still plenty to keep you occupied. The activities are varied and range from reading your favourite book on the Quarterdeck to watching a movie in your mess when not on watch.


Of course when you come to our home base, HMNZS Philomel in Devonport, you are spoiled for choice. There is the opportunity to take part in many sports and hobbies both on and off base. We have team sports such as basketball, rugby, cricket and football, as well as other sports and hobbies including skiing, music and a motorcycle club. Just ask and someone will let you know what other activities you could be taking part in.


On base you’ll find a chapel and Te Taua Moana Marae. If you fancy a bit of peace and quiet, then there’s also an excellent library. You might use this if you’re studying for any qualifications, or just for reading – as well as a constantly replenished stock of books, you’ll find all your favourite magazines too. The Navy also offers access to computers which allow you to email, Facebook and twitter your friends and family.


With Auckland on your doorstep, all the big city attractions beckon, and it’s a short hop to a good night out, a cool restaurant, cinemas, shops or a bit of sightseeing.

For those who are looking for something a bit more relaxing, Devonport is a microcosm of quaint bars and restaurants as well as a public library and awesome beaches.

From Devonport Naval Base the opportunities are endless and within an hour you have the chance to experience almost everything that New Zealand can offer, including ranges, forests, beaches and skiing.


The Navy offers services to all its personnel such as holiday homes in Taupo and Tauranga; a ski lodge in Ohakune; opportunities to sail on any one of our sail training craft or taking up learning opportunities through the VESA scheme.