The Brooklyn area is blessed with a number of really good, long ridge walks with the added benefit of good views into the main city and coastline. Most activity centres around the Windmill however other opportunities do exist for the less adventurous.

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Zealandia Outer Fence Walk

Brooklyn Windmill

This track circumnivigates the outside of the Zealandia fence and takes in the Brooklyn windturbine on the way. Keep an eye out for Kaka and other native birds from the reserve as you wander. I usually do this track counterclockwise starting at the Zealandia carpark as this gives the best downhills on a mountain bike. You can access this track from Waiapu Rd (Zealandia), Wrights Hill Rd or the Brooklyn Wind Turbine

Time and Difficulty

This is quite a long walk taking around three hours to complete but on a bike it can be done in around half this time

Distance and Height

This track is around 9.7km long and runs between 135m and 385m above sealevel

Polehill Reserve - George Denton Park

Polehill Reserve This loop track runs to the ridgeline above Aro Street then round towards Highbury and back down the hill towards Aro. The track is generally in good condition although some of the exposed slopes can get a little overgrown. At the top end you can opt to take a short loop to the Karori fence then back past some WW2 gun emplacements to the bottom of the Windmill access road. Views are spectacular. The track is best done as a loop starting and finishing in Aro St however you can also join at Ashton Fitchitt Dr and Highbury Cr

Time and Difficulty

Allow around an hour and a half to walk or around an hour if you're going to bike

Distance and Height

This track runs for around 3km for the round trip

Brooklyn Windmill Sidle Track

Windmill Siddle Track This track siddles up towards the windmill then carries on past to join the Hawkins Hill Access Rd a km or so down the road. The track is more of a ground trail but is easy enough to follow and has the added attraction of the occasional car part on the way to the windmill. The bush is a little scrappy but the views in some places are good and this track can be linked with others to give a good daytrip. The track can be accessed from Forsyth Gr or from various points along the Hawkins Hill Access Rd

Time and Difficulty

Allow around half an hour to walk this route. The track doesn't suit mountain bikes but nothing says you can't try.

Distance and Height

This track runs for around 1km one way

Wrights Hill Reserve

Wrights Hill This group of tracks are centred around the historic WW2 gun emplacements and the bush around Wrights Hill. It forms part of the Karori green belt and can be used to form large links with Makara Bike Park and the Zealandia fence walk.

Time and Difficulty

To do all the tracks in the area takes around 35 to 45 minutes.

Distance and Height

The area has around 2km of tracks most suited to walkers although mountain bikes do sometimes use the tracks so keep an eye out.

Wrights Hill Reserve - Middle Carpark

This group of bushwalking tracks runs from the middle carpark down into Karori and is used by both walkers and bikers so keep an eye out. The tracks can be linked with Makara Bike Park for those with a death wish or the streets below can be used to form loops. Overall the tracks are in excellent, well maintained condition.

Time and Difficulty

Most of the tracks take around 30 minutes to complete one way but some include reasonably steep climbs.

Distance and Height

The area has around 5km of tracks with some fairly stiff climbs included.

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