ZL1/WL-101 Hawkins Hill

Hawkins Hill was the first summit to be activated when ZL1 came online. Andrew VK3ARR managed this one however only made one contact. Blog here https://vk3arr.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/zl1wl-101-hawkins-hill/. A year and a half later it is my turn. This one is only a 15 minute (if that) walk from the carpark. Follow the signs up to the Brooklyn wind turbine then just keep going. There is a … Continue reading ZL1/WL-101 Hawkins Hill

ZL1/WL-153 Mount Crawford

Sunday morning the sun came out so off I went looking for a summit to activate. Mount Crawford is the lowest summit in ZL1/WL region and is also the only drive-to in vicinity. The car park outside the old Wellington prison is in the activation zone however according to a local the land surrounding the trig (near the water tanks) is public land despite signage … Continue reading ZL1/WL-153 Mount Crawford

Kauri Mountain

On our last day of the long weekend we thought we would activate Kauri Mountain before heading home. This track is part of the Te Arararoa Trail, or New Zealand’s Trail. However for some reason it does not show on DoC’s file of walking tracks (ftp://public:public@ftp.doc.govt.nz/Public/GIS/KMZ_Files_For_GIS_Software/DOC_Tracks_2017_01_26.kmz). We got our info for this summit from another blog here https://nzfrenzynorth.wordpress.com/c12/ before we set out. At the carpark … Continue reading Kauri Mountain

Parihaka – Zl1/NL-076

For tonights twilight activation we found another drive up – almost right in the middle of town. Parihaka is a popular tourist lookout and tonight it was particularly busy. Your see about an hour earlier the power had gone out to Northland. A fire close to the Whangerei substation had forced Transpower to isolate the 220 kV circuits feeding Northland. This occurred as we were … Continue reading Parihaka – Zl1/NL-076

Whangaruru – North Head

For our Sunday morning walk we decided to go for a drive to Whangaruru North Head Reserve. As far as summits go this is a fairly low altitude one, but it meets the 150 meters prominence requirements so it is valid. The track starts out gentle but then starts to climb. Fortunately its not a large ascent. Just before the true summit (about 10 meters) … Continue reading Whangaruru – North Head