Hawkins Hill

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It feels like summer with another perfect trekking weekend. Our trekking started in the morning and ended in the evening after spending six and a half hours on the Hawkins Hill and Seal Colony. The trip started off at the Brooklyn Wind Turbine, follows Hawkins Hill Road, up to the highest point on Te Kopahau Reserve (484m above sea level) and onto the hill above Sinclair Head. The final part is to head down to the Seal Colony at Sinclair Head.

Gear Talk

For this long and tough trip, I brought the Nikon D700, Nikon 20mm f/2.8, filters and…………the heavy Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 with me. I used the Think Tank Belt with Lens Changer 75 Pop Down to carry the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the rest fitted in the Speed Changer.

The first hour was an easy walk getting to Hawkins Hill. We could see West Wind (Wind Farm) on our right hand side. There are a total 62 wind turbines at West Wind, but I can only see 30 odds from there.

6 of the 62 wind turbines with South Island in the background.

Looking down from Te Kopahau. Heading towards to the World War II bunkers at the far end.

Seal Colony, on the right hand side of Sinclair Head.

Red Rock, on the left hand side of Sinclair Head.

Ferry across Cook Strait with South Island in the background


About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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