West Wind Recreation Area

West Wind Recreation Area, Wellington: Address, West Wind Recreation Area Reviews: 5/5

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Vinay H
Wellington, New Zealand131 contributions
Club this when visiting the Makara beach. The drive to this area through from Johnsonville is very beautiful, and needs precaution since there are may narrow sections and blind bends, we did witness an accident on our way back unfortunately. The road is otherwise very scenic and tranquil. Access a windmill on a walking path with amazing views.
Written 6 January 2020
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mitsilad
Wellington, New Zealand261 contributions
Couples
There are several amazing aspects to this area.
the turbines, especially the large one next to the track.
the view. Everywhere you turn there is something to see.
the gun emplacements from World War 2.
the old radio station buildings.
the short bush walk,

Unfortunately this is a little know recreation area that needs far more publicity. Go. You will not be disappointed.
Written 19 February 2017
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Peggs
Wellington, New Zealand115 contributions
Family
West Wind is both a working farm (ie: animals) and a working wind farm. While you may see animals, there are no opportunities to interact with them.

West Wind is a great place for a walk or a picnic. The top of the hill above Fort Opau gives amazing view of Cook Strait, and is our favourite spot for a picnic.

The main tracks are suitable for baby buggies, though a three wheel off-road buggy is advised. The forest track back to the car park is marginal for a buggy.

Watch the weather though, the farm is extremely exposed and the weather can change quickly. You can't beat West Wind on a good day though.

Note that West Wind is closed during August and September for lambing season.
Written 9 July 2016
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NZKatieAbroad
Reading, UK91 contributions
Couples
It was my partner's first visit to Wellington so I wanted to show off its rugged scenery, and as he works in renewable energy I thought a walk around West Wind would be just the ticket - and it was. An unbelievable view of Mana and Kapiti Islands, and the South Island once we got further around.

We arrived around 3pm mid-March and the weather was very good. Only a moderately windy day but I would recommend you look at the weather before you set off as it's a bit of a drive out there and... it is a wind farm so obviously there is a good chance of wind!

We chose to do the 2hr Loop walk which is about 5.5km long. Be aware there are multiple walks so best to choose which is most appropriate for your group.

I will begin with a bit of a warning but we absolutely loved it, the warning is just so nobody gets caught out - if you fall into the 'warning' category, then I would recommend you walk out until it starts descending rapidly, then turn around and walk back the same way. You will still get some brilliant views, but avoid the steep downhill and very steep uphill. However, those with children or fear of heights may wish to avoid this walk altogether as it's a narrow track with no railings (not a criticism, just trying to give helpful information!). Instead, you could try the shorter walk to the first turbine base and read up on the history of the farm and some information about it.

WARNING: This walk (5.5.km loop) I would say is completely unsuitable for young children, babies, toddlers, wheelchairs, those with lower mobility, fear of heights, or those who are unstable on their feet. Wear sneakers or boots. After a few kilometres there is a fairly steep descent, a very nice walk along the valley floor, then the final 1.3km is straight up a (sealed) 4WD track with such a gradient that we (both gymgoing 20-somethings) had to pause to catch our breath - mind you it was also 25+ degrees and there is no shade on this part of the walk, but still. I had a lie-down at the top.

The day we walked was stunning weather - clear and sunny and with minimal wind. The views are beyond breathtaking and well worth the strenuous ascent although I can imagine on a blowy, wintry day it might not be quite as appealing! Quite an incredible landscape and a feat of engineering and logistics that they got the turbines up there. The history of the farm and information about its construction and installation is very interesting, even to those of us (me) who do not work in renewables.

Advice: read the warning above if you haven't already. Sturdy, grippy footwear is a must, especially if the ground is likely to be wet. Take water, a jacket and warm clothes in a backpack as even if the weather is nice when you start, it may change while you are out, and the walk may talk longer than anticipated. There are sheep as it's on a farm but they are more scared of you and will most likely just run away from you.

A wonderful site not to be missed!
Written 1 April 2016
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Fifi L
Wellington, New Zealand125 contributions
This place is awesome & perfect for "turbine enthusiasts". We were headed to Makara beach for a walk up to the gun emplacements when we stumbled across the signs to this place. With a turbine enthusiast in the back seat, we couldn't resist such an attraction. It was actually very cool. It was pretty accessible and awesome being up close to the massive wind turbines with stunning views up there of the other turbines in the wind farm

It also provided access to some other places to check out- gun emplacements, loop walks & even a track down to Makara beach. The walks are mostly easy and short with a longer walk down to Makara. We walked to the gun emplacements and the views from all around are amazing, you can see the south island on a clear day. There are lots of old war shelters & cool photo opportunities as well as lots of information too for the 'enthusiasts'
Written 26 October 2015
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TAROTZAMM
Wellington, New Zealand498 contributions
Couples
If you have the time to drive to the West Wind Farm in Makara, you will not regret it. You can be awed by the array of the giant wind turbines, the touch of the cold strong wind (in winter) and the spectacular view up high overlooking the coast of Wellington. If you have more than 2 hours, you can also do the complete Makara Walkway trail (2 to 3 hours) and see how beautiful and calming the place is. My favourite part is seeing how happy and contented life there is with the sheep/lambs - soothes me :)
Written 28 June 2015
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