Hawkins Hill, Wellington, New Zealand


Steep descent from near the radar dome to the Waipapa Valley.




Bike and Foot


Just past the radar dome jump over the metal barrier at a sign-posted 4wd track that deviates off the sealed road.

The track initially goes up about 20m to a lookout over the deep valley below. It then drops sharply down to the right along what probably used to be a 4wd track but is now more like single track.

Apart from a couple of bumps, the track descends down a ridge at around a 20% gradient until it turns across the eastern face of the hill and heads to the valley floor.

The lowest point on the track is where it crosses the Waipapa Stream which meanders along the valley floor - at an altitude that is some 380m lower than the highest point. From there it is a short but steep climb up to meet the northern side of the Waipapa Loop.

At the intersection with Waipapa Loop the choices are to either turn left and go up the 30% gradient to Red Rocks, or go down to the valley floor (again) then up the not quite so steep but much higher southern part of Waipapa Loop. Or if you're really keen you could go down to the valley floor then up Waipapa West to Ribs.

Getting there

Starts 0.2km south of the radar dome, where the sealed road goes around a knob to the right this track continues straight ahead to the left of the knob.

Ends at an intersection with Waipapa Loop.

Other notes

Presumably the name Radome is a truncation of 'radar dome', since the track starts near the Airways Corporation radar dome at the summit of Hawkins Hill.




Single track

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12 Jun 2011 by Jay

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