The Brooklyn Wind Turbine sits on a hill above Wellington, with views of the city. Bush and trees surround the area.

The Brooklyn Wind Turbine, a popular Wellington landmark on Polhill, was first installed in 1993 as part of a research project. In 2016, it was replaced with a larger turbine, standing at 67 metres.

Once the site of a Te Ātiawa kainga (village) called Moera, Polhill Gully became a reserve in 1989. It is now one of the city’s most popular reserves, attracting more than 1,000 cyclists, runners, and walkers a week.

The 6-kilometre Brooklyn Wind Turbine route through regenerating bush features abundant native birdlife, thanks to the nearby Zealandia sanctuary. You’ll also find some of the best views of the city.

Location details

Jurisdiction Wellington City Council
Permits required Yes, apply for a permit
Location descriptors Unusual landforms, barren, cliffs, rock formations, alien landscapes, extraterrestrial features, alien terrain, peculiar landmarks, unearthly landscapes, surreal landforms. windmills, wind turbines, nature reserves, walking tracks, hiking trails, exercise areas, scenic views, open spaces.