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Didn't sleep all that well. Every time I woke up for the first couple of hours Stu was still awake. Woke up later with an aching spine from a too soft bed and a too thick pillow.

Had breakfast in our room from the supplies we bought last night.

At about 8:40 we got picked up by Rover Rings Tours for a Lord of the Rings tour in and around Wellington. There was another lady in the bus - Jin - from Seoul who was living in Auckland studying english. We went to pick up another four people but they'd misjudged or something and weren't even in Wellington. So we had a whole midi bus for three people which was great.

Our first stop was up Mt Victoria (the northern lookout which doesn't have as good a view). And it was cloudy and windy - not nearly as nice as yesterday.

Wellington from the northern lookout on Mount Victoria
Wellington from the northern lookout on Mount Victoria

Headed down the hill a little bit to see two places in one. The first was where the hobbits were running from the farmer and tumbled down into a ravine. The second was just a few metres away where the hobbits hide under the tree stump from the Black Rider. Also just nearby was where the Black Rider appears at night with the light behind him.

Sign for Lord of the Rings filming location
Sign for Lord of the Rings filming location

Alien abduction zone warning sign
Alien abduction zone warning sign

Right here is where the Hobbits tumble down the hill while escaping from the farmer
Right here is where the Hobbits tumble down the hill while escaping from the farmer

Here is where Frodo tells the others they should get off the road
Here is where Frodo tells the others they should get off the road

Immediately next to that is where the Hobbits hide from the black rider
Immediately next to that is where the Hobbits hide from the black rider

Kazza as a hobbit looking at a black rider
Kazza as a hobbit looking at a black rider

Then it was over to the Miramar peninsula. Had a drive around the Stone Street Studios and saw the big outdoor green screen.

Stone Street Studios
Stone Street Studios

World's largest outdoor green screen
World's largest outdoor green screen

Then to the Weta Cave for the video followed by a tour of the Weta Workshops. That was pretty cool, although you don't really get to see much of the actual workshops, it's just stuff setup for the tour.

Weta Cave sign
Weta Cave sign

Sculpture in the Weta Cave
Sculpture in the Weta Cave

This guy was making guinea pig houses
This guy was making guinea pig houses

Stu with a sword in the Weta Cave
Stu with a sword in the Weta Cave

Ape sculptures in Weta Cave
Ape sculptures in Weta Cave

Ghost in the Shell costume and animatronics
Ghost in the Shell costume and animatronics

From there we drove around the eastern side of the peninsula (apparently past Peter Jackson's house, but they wouldn't say which one it was) to lunch at Scorch-o-rama.

Raquel Welch poster in one of the toilets at Scorch O Rama
Raquel Welch poster in one of the toilets at Scorch O Rama

The Raquel Welch poster swung aside to see the hole behind
The Raquel Welch poster swung aside to see the hole behind

Continued north all the way around the peninsula which was really nice.

Mahanga Bay from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula
Mahanga Bay from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula

Looking towards Wellington from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula
Looking towards Wellington from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula

Windy Wellington sign near the airport
Windy Wellington sign near the airport

Then we headed out of Wellington.

We drove past a quarry which was used for filming scenes from Minis Tirith and Helms Deep.

Quarry used to film Helms Deep and Minis Tirith
Quarry used to film Helms Deep and Minis Tirith

Stopped at a spot on the Hutt River which was used for some shots of the Great River Anduin.

Hutt River - where scenes for the River Anduin were shot
Hutt River - where scenes for the River Anduin were shot

Stu and Kaz at the Hutt River
Stu and Kaz at the Hutt River

Then to a pretty park that was used for Isengard. The scene where Gandalf rides in along the path under a gate was there, as well as where Gandalf talks to Saruman outside.

Pretty trees in Harcourt Park
Pretty trees in Harcourt Park

Grassy area where Gandalf rides into Isengard (they flipped the film horizontally)
Grassy area where Gandalf rides into Isengard (they flipped the film horizontally)

Kaz and Stu walking where Gandalf and Saruman walked together in Isengard
Kaz and Stu walking where Gandalf and Saruman walked together in Isengard

David our tour guide and our little midi bus
David our tour guide and our little midi bus

Had a brief stop at Stuart Macaskill Lakes (water reservoirs for Wellington).

Stu at Stuart Macaskill Lakes
Stu at Stuart Macaskill Lakes

Stuart Macaskill Lakes
Stuart Macaskill Lakes

And finally ended up at Rivendell. There's nothing left there now except a replica gate they put in afterwards. But I was amazed that they actually built all the sets out there, rather than in a studio.

Stu really didn't like this rope bridge over the Eastern Hutt River which swayed alarmingly
Stu really didn't like this rope bridge over the Eastern Hutt River which swayed alarmingly

Eastern Hutt River
Eastern Hutt River

Tree ferns on the little forest walk across the river
Tree ferns on the little forest walk across the river

Jin at Rivendell
Jin at Rivendell

Kaz at Rivendell.  This gate was not in the movie, they recreated one to put there for tourists
Kaz at Rivendell. This gate was not in the movie, they recreated one to put there for tourists

Stu standing where Legolas stood for publicity stills
Stu standing where Legolas stood for publicity stills

Stu is a bit taller than Gandalf and a bit shorter than Aragorn
Stu is a bit taller than Gandalf and a bit shorter than Aragorn

Kazza is a bit taller than Gimli and a bit shorter than Gandalf
Kazza is a bit taller than Gimli and a bit shorter than Gandalf

Then headed back into Wellington.

Hung out in the hotel for a little while before heading out again.

Wandered down to Whistling Sister to try some of their beers.

Then back to El Matador for dinner. Stu had been wanting to get their tasting platter for two to four, but I saw the size of it and thought we'd be pretty miserable after, so instead we got some thing off the tapas menu (smoked lamb, smoked pork belly, bone marrow, and broadbean salad). It was all pretty delicious.

House-smoked lamb with traditional chimichurri
House-smoked lamb with traditional chimichurri

House-smoked pork belly with black bean and chicharron
House-smoked pork belly with black bean and chicharron

Roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and house-made bread
Roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and house-made bread

Broad beans with bacon, cream and cos lettuce
Broad beans with bacon, cream and cos lettuce

Then back to the hotel to crash.

Took ages to get to sleep last night. Didn't help that the pillow was way too big and the bed a bit soft. Temperature at least was controllable with the doona cover not being sealed so could push the blankets back.

Woke up at relatively normal time, even though actually two hours early. Got up after a while and got ready then paced while waiting for Stu to get up heh.

Headed out for breakfast. Ended up at Fidel's cafe with a bit of a Cuban theme. I had eggs benedict which wasn't too bad and Stu had waffles with bacon and banana.

Then started walking.

The famous bucket fountain in Cuba Street
The famous bucket fountain in Cuba Street

We headed for Mount Victoria. While we were on Courtenay Place I saw a bus stop that said route 20 - Mount Victoria. So we looked up a timetable and one was due in a few minutes. So instead of walking to the top we took a bus :)

The view at the top was spectacular. We had such an amazing day for it. Stayed there for a while and watched a bunch of planes take off and land.

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

The sweetie and I at Mount Victoria on our anniversary
The sweetie and I at Mount Victoria on our anniversary

Wellington Airport from Mount Victoria
Wellington Airport from Mount Victoria

Wellington Railway Station from Mount Victoria
Wellington Railway Station from Mount Victoria

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

Walked up to the other lookout a little ways north, but its view wasn't as good.

Wellington from the northern lookout
Wellington from the northern lookout

Then started walking down. It was a bit steep in places, and very pretty in others.

Wellington Airport through the trees from a point just below the main lookout
Wellington Airport through the trees from a point just below the main lookout

We enjoyed the pretty walk through the trees on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria
We enjoyed the pretty walk through the trees on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria

Stu on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria
Stu on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria

Spectacular house at 34 Lookout Road, Roseneath, Wellington
Spectacular house at 34 Lookout Road, Roseneath, Wellington

Lower part of the Southern Walkway, just north of Palliser Road
Lower part of the Southern Walkway, just north of Palliser Road

Pretty flower on the Southern Walkway
Pretty flower on the Southern Walkway

Took quite a while all up, but eventually ended up down at the waterfront.

Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay

Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay

Meandered back towards the city.

The Tail of the Whale sculpture by Colin Webster-Watson
The Tail of the Whale sculpture by Colin Webster-Watson

Passed a boat that had been converted into a restaurant and I said maybe we could have dinner there. Stu said we could have lunch. So we did! Got cheesy loaded fries, and salt and pepper squid. Yum.

Boat Cafe
Boat Cafe

Enjoying a refreshing beverage in the Boat Cafe
Enjoying a refreshing beverage in the Boat Cafe

Our anniversary lunch - loaded fries with cheese, bacon, fresh herb gravy, and salt and pepper squid
Our anniversary lunch - loaded fries with cheese, bacon, fresh herb gravy, and salt and pepper squid

Then kept on walking kept on walking.

Stu in front of the boat sheds
Stu in front of the boat sheds

St Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery
St Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery

Colourful boat sheds on Oriental Parade
Colourful boat sheds on Oriental Parade

Marina on Oriental Parade
Marina on Oriental Parade

Young gull by the waterside
Young gull by the waterside

Police boat cruising into the marina
Police boat cruising into the marina

Te Papa museum
Te Papa museum

Random piano setup in the street that anyone could play
Random piano setup in the street that anyone could play

Wellington Harbour
Wellington Harbour

Te Papa museum and Wellington Harbour
Te Papa museum and Wellington Harbour

Eventually ended up at the bottom of the cable car, and got tickets to go up ($7.50 each return). It was certainly not as chaotic as the Peak Tram!

Sculpture sign for the Cable Car
Sculpture sign for the Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car arriving at the bottom station
Wellington Cable Car arriving at the bottom station

Stu watching the light show on the Cable Car
Stu watching the light show on the Cable Car

At the top we had a bit of a wander to look at the view, and had a beer, and looked through the Cable Car Museum

Stu and Kaz and the view at the top of the Cable Car
Stu and Kaz and the view at the top of the Cable Car

Wellington from the top of the Cable Car
Wellington from the top of the Cable Car

Old cable car in the Cable Car Museum
Old cable car in the Cable Car Museum

Stu on an old cable car in the Cable Car Museum
Stu on an old cable car in the Cable Car Museum

Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car and view of Wellington
Wellington Cable Car and view of Wellington

Then headed down again.

Sculpture in the alley to the Plimmer Steps
Sculpture in the alley to the Plimmer Steps

Picked up some supplies in Countdown (aka Woolworths) then headed back to the hotel.

Fifteen and a half thousand steps later.. No wonder our everything hurt!

Crashed for a while in the hotel and had showers to freshen up.

Headed out for dinner to the Noble Rot wine bar. Had a couple of glasses of wine while waiting for a table for dinner. Eventually one freed up. Stu got duck and I got venison with osso bucco. Both were amazing, a really good meal. A late but very pleasant evening to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.

Stu enjoying a Pinot Noir at Noble Rot Wine Bar
Stu enjoying a Pinot Noir at Noble Rot Wine Bar

Bread and chorizo they gave us because we were having such a long wait for a table
Bread and chorizo they gave us because we were having such a long wait for a table

The bottle of Quartz Reef Pinot Noir we enjoyed with dinner
The bottle of Quartz Reef Pinot Noir we enjoyed with dinner

The sweetie had Easterbrook Farm Duck Breast with Endive, Mushrooms, Quince, Dashi
The sweetie had Easterbrook Farm Duck Breast with Endive, Mushrooms, Quince, Dashi

I had Silver Fern Farm Venison Denver Leg with Osso Bucco, Parsnip, Pear, Vanilla Onions, Preserved Stone Fruit, Confit Carrot
I had Silver Fern Farm Venison Denver Leg with Osso Bucco, Parsnip, Pear, Vanilla Onions, Preserved Stone Fruit, Confit Carrot

Accompanying dinner was a lovely salad with goats cheese
Accompanying dinner was a lovely salad with goats cheese

We tried a couple of the truffles
We tried a couple of the truffles