As I wrote previously, seals are everywhere! Here, there and Wellington. That’s right, Wellington. While it’s unlikely (but not impossible) to trip over one in the CBD, they are closer than first thought. All we did was jump into a four-wheel drive and a short time later – well-la-lington! I don’t usually have a four-wheel drive handy when holidaying so instead I called on Seal Coast Safari.
After meeting at Wellington’s i-SITE, we were introduced to our most experienced guide named Myles. He imparted a great deal of local knowledge on our rather unknowledgable minds as we travelled through Wellington. We got up close and personal with a wind turbine whose location also allowed for a few touristy snaps of the city.
To access the coast, we travelled Myles (get it?) through private farmland and that’s where the fun really picked up. We conversed with a grumpy ostrich, fed some deer whose antlers were in magnificent form and admired the sure-footed wild goats who roamed the track edges.
We followed the bumpy, narrow four-wheel drive track further and further into remote, lush green farmland. The track offered some genuine hang-onto-your-hat moments with the cliff edges less then a tyre width away and the sheer face of the hill dropping away to the valleys far below. People were non-existent and it really felt as though we were hours from the city. Once we made our way through the farmland, the sea appeared like an oasis, albeit a rocky, lonely, salty one. Seals were in abundance, sunning themselves on the rocks then sliding into the ocean for a quick dip.
After looking our fill, we were driven along the beach to our snack spot. A warm coffee and muffin later and it was time to return to the city.
Although this tour is sold as a seal safari, it is so much more. It was beautiful and surprising to experience the different sides of Wellington, and this tour allowed us a brief but unforgettable time in a seemingly remote, but untouched environment.