Hawkins Hill and the Wind Turbine

These days there are whole fields of wind turbines lurking near in the hills near Wellington, but ‘back in the day’ the city had one of the world’s earliest power-generating wind turbines. The nickname ‘Windy Wellington’ made this city an obvious choice, though the wind here is often so gusty or so strong that in those days the turbine had to be stowed quite a lot of the time.

The lone turbine still stands on Hawkins Hill, though actually it’s a newer version of the old one; and the view, of course, is superb. Around it there’s a rather nice nature reserve, though it would be wrong to think it’s easily accessible for walking. It has some exciting cycle tracks, but when I walked there I got completely lost and found myself in some distress before I finally managed to get back to civilisation!