Te Kopahou Reserve – wind turbine to radar station

Quick Info

  • A private road with little motor traffic.
  • On-leash area.
  • Restricted access hours.

Table of Contents

  1. Quick Info
  2. Access
  3. Facilities
  4. Description
  5. Terrain
  6. Delights
  7. Dangers
  8. Cautions
  9. Road access
  10. Location
  11. Map
  12. Photo album

Access for wheelchairs, and pushchairs

  • A narrow entrance designed to allow access only for pedestrians may allow a pushchair through, but I doubt a wheelchair would get through.

Facilities

  • Rubbish bin: no.
  • Toilets: no
  • Seats: no.
  • Lighting at night: no. The road is closed at night anyway.

Description

Te Kopahou Reserve is a huge area riddled with tracks well-used by mountain bikes. The walk described in this post is a paved road between the wind turbine and the Hawkins Hill radar station.

Panorama from Te Kopahou Reserve.

Panorama, looking north, from Te Kopahou Reserve. You can see part of the Zealandia fence line on the left, and the wind turbine on the hill at left of the photo. Click for a larger version.

The paved road leads to the Hawkins Hill radar station, approx 3.5 Km away, but there are loads of tracks leading off in all directions.

It’s a pleasant walk with beautiful views, especially to the East. You get a good view of the Southern Landfill, which is really quite huge.

The day we visited in March 2012 was overcast with a chilly wind, but the walk could be very hot on a sunny day. A biting and strong wind caught us in some spots.

The road is well used by runners, walkers and cyclists. Small tour buses that carry up to a dozen people sometimes travel along the road.

After around a kilometre is a paddock beside the road that sometimes has ostriches in it.

The road generally trends upwards from the wind turbine at 370 metres to the radar station at 480 metres.

The first part of the road, near the entrance, runs beside the track that goes around the outside of Zealandia. It can be a pleasant variation to walk along that track for a while. The surface is rough and stony.

Terrain

  • Road along the ridge, with both uphill and downhill sections
  • Approx 3.5 Km with plenty of alternative paths.
  • Water: no

Delights

  • Views.
  • Almost no motor traffic, though beware the few vehicles travelling fast.
  • Quiet
  • Rural
  • Shares part of a boundary with Zealandia.

Dangers

  • Poisons are laid throughout the Wellington region. One sign on this walk warned of cyanide.

Cautions

  • It is a private road with very restricted access, but vehicles that use it may travel quickly and appear suddenly from around a corner.
  • Rabbits.

Road access

Drive to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine. The entrance (opposite 41 Ashton Fitchett Drive) seems like a driveway. There is a carpark with space for a couple of dozen cars just past the turbine. At the end of the carpark is the entrance to the road to Hawkins Hill radar.

For more photos and a separate brief description see my blog post at KnowIT, From the turbine to the golf ball.

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: -41.31088
  • Longitude: 174.743509

Map

See Te Kopahou Reserve on-leash walk on Google Maps.