Barking Mad on Barking EmuBeginner
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If wet does get pretty muddy and with standing puddles in places. If dry, watch for loose rock.
Follow the sign for the Windmill Track, taking the right hand option down the hill (which is for walkers/runners). About 200m down the track you will have the choice to go left or right - go right, following the sign 'To Car Parts Extn, Barking Emu, Tip Track, Red Rocks, South Coast'. Keep on the same track (this bit is called Car Parts Extension) and keep following the trail markers pointing to the South Coast. About 0.5km in, you'll pass through Mardi Gras Grove (look for the beads hung in the trees). At 1.7km, the track changes to being called Barking Emu (there's an exit to the road above off to your left at this point, but just stay on the trail). Just keep following the track to the end, and you'll come out near the top of the Tip Track - opposite to where the track down to Red Rocks starts. Turn around and come back the way you came.
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Features of interest
Brookyln Wind Turbine is the starting point. The trail ends at the top part of the Tip Track, and you can carry on another 1km up the hill and along the road to Hawkins Hill Radar Dome. Great views of Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour/City.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 80%
Go to the carpark at the top of Hawkins Hill Road (which is the road up to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine). If you're standing in the carpark at the start of the ramp leading up to where the turbine and the interpretation boards are, the start to the track (called Windmill) will be directly behind you.
Ample parking right by the Wind Turbine. Be careful about leaving belongings in cars though.
Follow the track markers heading your towards the South Coast - you'll start on Windmill, then move onto Car Parts Extension, and then onto Barking Emu.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
None - take your own supplies.
Pretty muddy after rain - you'd want to be using trail shoes if it's been wet.
These are tracks shared with mountainbikers, so keep a look at and be prepared to stop/move to the side as needed - especially important on blind corners! As a hillside track that is fairly exposed to the elements, it can be prone to trees falling.
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