On Tuesday I had booked up to do a couple of trips and the one I had arranged for today was the Cape Palliser and LOTR locations trip (you also went to see a seal colony, go to a wine yard, and see lots of ace scenery in quite a few different areas) - a full day with a pick up in the centre at 8.30am - so I had to get up really early! However I arrived at the pickup point and waited and waited and wasn't picked up. Apparently the visitor's centre hadn't properly put me on the trip, so I wasn't on it. It only runs with a minimum of two people, so they had no idea if I there would be another one going this week. So I got up early for nothing. So decided to go on the Seal Coast Safari instead. It was really good. I was in a 4-wheel drive and we first went up into the hills behind Wellington, which was privately owned just by one person! - there was some really steep bits and sheer edges which was a little nerve-racking, but gave some great views. We saw wild horses, goats and deer on the way. We finally got over the hills and down to the beach, which had black sand. We drove along it for about a mile, getting bumped around no end, but it was good fun. The seals were by an old lighthouse, and the sea/coastline was fantastic. We could actually see the south island from where we were. There weren't many seals, probably only about 10. All the rest (hundreds of them) had already left to go to the south island to mate - it was joked that the ones that stayed behind must be gay. They provided us with a cup of tea and a muffin (I chose chocolate) and then we headed back to the city. We went a different way back and passed some red rocks. Got back about 1.30pm. Although the weather had started off really badly - it was cold and raining in the morning, the afternoon was great - warm and sunny. So I went for a walk up to Mount Victoria, which is very close to the city and is wooded. There were great views at the top but I was incredibly knackered when I got to the top - it really was incredibly steep. Mt Victoria is where they filmed some Lord of the Rings scenes. In particular in the first film when the Black Riders are after the hobbits and Frodo shouts 'get of the road'. I didn't go to the bit where that was, but as I'm booked on a full day LOTR location trip on Friday, I'm sure I'll see it then and can tell you all about it! Got back to the hostel really knackered about 5pm. Had a really lovely day today - I saw seals and walked in some amazing places. So how could I possibly finnish off such a good day - well I ordered a Pizza Hut! It was yummy and it was delivered to me which made it all the better!