Hawkins Hill

March 27th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

A couple of weekends ago did one of my favourite walks from the wind turbine to the Hawkins Hill radar station, along with a couple of friends, a baby and a dog! It was a brilliant day weather wise, which I have to say has been pretty good the last few weeks.

A friendly Emu following us along the fence line.

Posing for a photo with said baby and dog. Was very funny as at one point a person passing by commented what a fit family we were. This caused us much merriment as we were not sure what sort of family he thought we were with two women, one man and a baby. We concluded that he probably thought the two girls were lesbian lovers and I was their “donor”.

The views of the south coast and suburbs are just stunning.

The Castle, from above. Had a brief exchange of pleasantries with the owner as he was driving out his front gate. I didn’t tell him that I wanted to purchase the castle one day as a headquarters for the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

And the radar station itself. Next o the radar station are some foundations from a destroyed building. Anyone know what it used to be?

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15 Responses to “Hawkins Hill”

  1. MarkF (100 comments) says:

    EMU, looks more like a Ostrich to me.

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  2. David Garrett (6,713 comments) says:

    And a very fine donor you would make to be sure DPF…

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  3. Pete George (23,276 comments) says:

    I wanted to purchase the castle one day as a headquarters for the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

    That will hardly be big enough now it has expanded so much. There won’t be room on the gate to fit the whole name.

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  4. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Great part of Wellington. Stunning views on a good day. Can be a bit, um, windy at times. Once I stopped my ride briefly, and my bike blew away! Not overly keen on the radar station… I swear I can feel my brain being cooked with each sweep.

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  5. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Oh, as as for the castle.. did you see the Dobermans in the fenced grounds DPF? Looks to me like they’re fed raw meat. I can think of some lefties who might like to try a little breaking and entering. It would be entertaining :D

    [DPF: Have seen them before. I think they are there to keep unhappy clients of the owner away. He owns a pawn shop or urgent credit place in Newtown]

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  6. Nichlemn (63 comments) says:

    I must say, you look like you’ve lost a lot of weight. Keep up the good work.

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  7. sweetd (125 comments) says:

    I am sure Whale said you have been expelled from the VRWC. You might want to check your membership status before you make any large purchases :-)

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  8. dime (9,648 comments) says:

    what ya clocking in at now DPF? 100kg?

    [DPF: Under. Dropped 2 kgs is last two weeks]

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  9. Viking2 (11,244 comments) says:

    Right Wing??? really.

    I think (its a long time ago) but wasn’t there a receiving station there for radio for planes and ships.

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  10. brucehoult (193 comments) says:

    The destroyed building would be the primary radar station, decommissioned in the early 90′s when the current secondary radar was installed.

    (Secondary radar means they don’t depend on brute force bouncing a signal off planes. The planes now all have “transponders” which broadcast a reply back to the radar that includes a 4 digit numeric code and their altitude).

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  11. Michael (899 comments) says:

    Have been up there once when it snowed (very lightly). Is certainly a nice walk if you want to get fit!

    And I’m sure many people have referred to you as that type of donor before.

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  12. John Ansell (874 comments) says:

    I heard there was a lot of money to be made in pawn.

    I think that round building is the headquarters of Wellington Soccer.

    Good to see the weather was better than that time I went with you.

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  13. Cactus Kate (549 comments) says:

    I recognize that little doggy!

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  14. Grant Michael McKenna (1,156 comments) says:

    The ‘emu’ is in fact its ratite relative, the ostrich; a male ostrich to be precise.

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  15. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    [DPF: Under. Dropped 2 kgs is last two weeks]

    Good stuff DPF. Keep at it!

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