If the city panorama from Mount Victoria isn’t enough for you, head west to Brooklyn Hill, easily identified by its crowning 32m-high wind turbine. Fantastic views unfold across the city and south towards the South Island’s Kaikoura Ranges as the giant propeller blades whirr overhead. This demonstration turbine has been harnessing Wellington’s wind since 1993, providing energy for up to a hundred homes but failing to ignite enough interest to install more. To reach the turbine by car, take Brooklyn Road from the end of Victoria Street and turn left at Ohiro Road, then right at the shopping centre up Todman Street and follow the signposts (the road up to the turbine closes at 8pm Oct–April and 5pm May–Sept). Bus #7 runs up Victoria Street in town and drops you 3km from the summit.

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