After visiting the local Sunday fruit and vege market we weren’t quite ready to head home, so headed for the hills instead. Makara is only a 20 minute drive from our place in Johnsonville, and the views along the way are stunning – farmland, forest, rolling hills, streams, cottages and plenty of livestock to keep the kids happy trying to spot the next horse (or bags of horse poo at the farm gates, which was the highlight for our grotty mob).

Following our noses (and the road signs), we decided to head for Makara beach until our curiosity got the best of us and we wound our way up the hill to the West Wind Recreation Area – aka heaven on earth for three adventurous children and their intrepid parents! There were incredible views from the old post office building (and lots of nooks and crannies for the kids to hide and scare one another from), an easy ten (fifteen when you’re walking with Ezra) minute wander through incredible forest which led to the most break-taking views down steep hills out to the ocean. Getting right up close to the wind turbines was a highlight for the kids, and playing “jump the turbine shadow” tired them out enough for a slightly quieter drive home!

All in all, it was an excellent way to fill in a lazy Sunday, and next time we’ll visit armed with walking shoes and a picnic lunch to fully investigate all the treasures hiding out at West Wind.




  1. Barbara Farrow says:

    It is so nice to see you discovering all that Wellington has to offer. I lived there when I first came to new Zealand for about 5 years. I loved Makara beach (think paua shells littering/decorating my room) but have never been to the area you have….. and you’ve been there a lot shorter time 🙂 Go Street family!! May you always have time and energy to make life your own xxxxx


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