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Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington
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Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington

By Weta Workshop
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About
Wellington, New Zealand, is home to an entire community of creative Wētā Workshop artisans who’ve brought life to such films as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, and many others. Wētā Workshop is your gateway to filmmaking creativity. Join our guided tours and learn about the making of movie effects, from armour to weapons, creatures to costumes, make-up to miniatures, and more!
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Professional guided Wētā Workshop Experience
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington
What's not included
  • Guided return transfers


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  • Wētā Cave, 1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
    Your Wētā Workshop Experience will start at the Wētā Cave store located on the corner of Weka Street and Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington. Please allow enough time to find a carpark, as spaces are limited.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6611P26

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Photography is strictly prohibited in all tour spaces, unless specified by the tour guide.
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them on board and disembark.
    • There is no luggage storage in the Weta Cave or at our tour spaces.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington?
    Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington price starts from $57.76. Discover and book Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington on Tripadvisor
    What is the Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington cancellation policy?
    Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington?
    Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington is hosted by Weta Workshop. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Weta Workshop on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 30m. Discover and book Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6611P26

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      Wētā Cave
      1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
      Your Wētā Workshop Experience will start at the Wētā Cave store located on the corner of Weka Street and Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington. Please allow enough time to find a carpark, as spaces are limited.
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      Wētā Cave
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      Want to experience the many sides of Wētā Workshop’s creativity? The Wētā Workshop Experience showcases the making of movie effects and props, from armour to weapons, creatures to costumes, make-up to miniatures. Meet your guide at the Wētā Cave store to begin your journey through the movie-magic world of Wētā Workshop! Explore props, costumes, and cool stuff From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar andDistrict 9: learn about props, costumes and creatures created for your favourite films. Interact with cool stuff from our creative departments and catch an artist at work on our tour stage. Enter our world of miniatures and modelmaking Discover the filmmaking technique of miniature effects and learn how they are built for hit TV and film productions. Wander through monumental miniatures from Thunderbirds Are Go and see how we fit an entire island, cityscape and mansion under one roof!
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    • Weta Workshop
      3,500
      Wellington, New Zealand
      Joined in October 2008
    • Anonymous855
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not disabled friendly but otherwise, unique experience
      Can't hear the videos inside the workshop OR the tour guide there. He didn't seem to care although if you were into the fantasy part, he would spend personal time with you explaining details...almost a split personality. The transfer driver was okay and we didn't have a car so it was necessary. It was not disabled friendly at all. My friend has near total hearing loss and I asked the guide to face him so he could at least read his lips....didn't happen. What a shame, it reflects quite poorly on the otherwise impressive artistic group. It was a unique experience, I'd say go unless you need any type of accommodation.
      Written 28 April 2024
    • R4705BLcarolined
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting day
      We did Weta Cave. Very interesting. I told them before that my son was Deaf so they made sure subtitles were on when needed. Lots of interesting things learnt
      Written 19 April 2024
    • spenceleysUK
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very interesting
      Our transfer was delayed a bit by roadworks - clearly beyond the control of the company. However, the guide, gave great information about the whole area, while we were queing in traffic. The tour itself was very interesting, showing how prosthetics are made, and giving information on the levels of skill, and detail involved in the process of model making. We are not 'Lord of The Rings' aficianados, but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
      Written 3 April 2024
    • julie_id2017
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Weta Workshop Guided Tour Wellington
      Transfer from the city was on time and the driver provided an interesting commentary on the way to the Weta Workshop. We thoroughly enjoyed this interactive tour to see the highly skilled and talent work produced at this Workshop for Lord of the Rings and many other movies. We were also lucky to see the chief sword maker at work the day we visited.
      Written 1 April 2024
    • ScrumptiousSolent
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      An interesting experience
      This is a must do activity if you’re interested in special effects or the Lord of the Rings, or you’re just a ‘movie buff’. It was good, although it wasn’t what I expected. You can’t take photos so there’s not a lot to show for your visit. You’re guided around maybe 5-6 rooms where props are on display your guide tells you more about them. However it’s not a ‘behind the scenes’ tour so you don’t get to see a lot of the artists at work (apart from a glimpse into the master wordsmith’s area which was fascinating.) The only area where you can take photos is an odd final room where they demonstrate tinfoil modelling - and there’s the obligatory ‘dressing up photo opportunity’ here too so you can buy an image as you leave. I came away a little bit underwhelmed. Seeing the costumes and swords from Lord of the Rings was great, but the overall experience was a bit slow paced (some rooms took too long, others I would have liked more time in). You walk around with maybe 20 other people and a guide.
      Written 21 March 2024
    • Mmlee59
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great visit for fans of the artistry of Lord of the Rings!
      I loved it! I really enjoyed our tour guide and learning about the expansive scope of Weta Workshops in the entertainment industry today. I loved being in the room with all the incredible replicas from my favorite films! There are public transit options for the transfer also. If you have your own car, I recommend driving there yourself so you can explore the area around the studio or make stops along the beautiful, scenic beaches along the way.
      Written 11 March 2024
    • X311SCstephenc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Surprise and delight
      This was a surprise and delight visit. Didn't know much about you beforehand, suspected it had something to do with Lord of the Rings. However it was so much more. Really interesting to see the range of work and creativity
      Written 2 March 2024
    • spid3rs
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome experience
      Very exciting and very well done. The tour guide was amazing and very enthusiastic. The behind the scenes and the make up was just so interesting and I left with a better understanding
      Written 29 February 2024
    • 303jeannas
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worthwhile but needs photo access.
      The experience was very good but I felt had a couple of drawbacks; not being able to take photos and the bus breaking down. However, the staff responded extremely well to the bus situation offering us ‘Uber’ back to our hotel with apologies and a small goodie bag.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • 891duncanp
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A movie buffs dream (but very interesting for the rest of us)
      A good mix of information and experiences for the whole family. Good demonstrations of things that they do and learning how to model with tinfoil
      Written 20 February 2024
    • masolomon1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour ...recommend
      Really enjoyed getting behind the scenes to see and hear all about the talented people who create the amazing things we see in movies like Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and lots of other movies that we had not expected. The transfer to and from the Weta Cave from Central Wellington was also excellent. Felt the tour offered good value for money.
      Written 31 January 2024
    • PaulZ285
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wishing There Was More
      All-in-all, a worthwhile tour when in Wellington. Our guide was super animated, which made it somewhat fun. But sadly there's simply not enough here for a visitor to get super excited about. The amount of actual interaction allowed to visitors is, in my humble opinion, too low to meet what I think most visitors are expecting. It was kind of like leaving a highly touted restaurant with the nagging thought in your mind "Why are people so high on their menu?"
      Written 27 January 2024
    • lizmdoc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do Weta
      Excellent tour, very informative, new appreciation for what goes on in the background to films. Spectacular attention to detail, what a dream job for some. Shuttle transfers were a great idea, thanks Derek for pointing out all points of interest on the way. The whole experience was worth every cent
      Written 26 January 2024
    • kaylene S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Just Loved It!!
      Just a great day out! From the time we were picked up in the mini bus til we were dropped off, we thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour. The passionate staff made the day even more enjoyable. What marvellously talented people work there! Loved it!!
      Written 25 January 2024
    • stevebR209PQ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One tour to rule them all
      You need to book in advance, and you can't take photos during the tour as this is a working environment, where what you see may be in a future film! Having said that you can take pics around the front and in the shop, it is an amazing thing to do, the tour is informative and you can touch some of the exhibits, you can touch the swords of Lord of the rings, or the prawn suits from District 9. If in Welly and you are a fan of films this is for you.
      Written 17 January 2024
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    Rory S
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    Weta Workshops is a fantastically talented organisation that has spent a great deal of time in putting together a series of exhibits that showcases their amazing work. However, sadly we weren't able to submerge into the magic as our guide openly admitted to (and semi bragged) to have had a heavy night the night before. The wide yawning in our faces throughout and generally hungover demeanour undermined this experience and value for money for us.
    Written 25 October 2022
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    Virginia44,690 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022 • Friends
    If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, the WETA Cave is the place for you. It is easy to find thanks to the three huge ogres in the Hobbit outside the building. You can visit here for free. If you prefer to go behind the scenes to see some props, you can book a paid tour. WETA Workshop New Zealand is known for its work on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. In fact, WETA Workshop created 48,000 individual pieces including creatures, characters, props, weapons, and armor for Middle-earth. Lots of related items for sale at the gift shop from t-shirts to statues.
    Written 25 March 2023
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    TheSnakebite
    Ohoka, New Zealand703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Weka Cave is a reasonably small shop. But if you are lucky enough to book a tour (approx 90 minutes) where you get great insights into what actually goes on at Weka Workshops. Booking for tours are recommended as they are popular and limited in numbers.

    I got the public Metlink bus from the CBD which was easy, 30 minutes and cheap ($2 each way).
    Written 29 October 2022
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    hal924a
    Stenness, UK17 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    This was OK but it felt like a visit to a museum. There was little sign that anyone was actually doing creative work, as we were shepherded through a series of rooms closed off from the workshop itself.

    Sometimes they offer creative hands-on workshops but there were no dates for these available around this time. At all.

    Having watched the LotR and Hobbit appendices (extended versions) once or twice, we probably knew more from those than we found out in this tour.
    Written 6 October 2022
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    furns76
    Branxton, Australia23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Caitlyn was a fabulous guide who was very passionate about her job and showed with her knowledge and background while on the tour. Handled a large group with ease and both adults and kids enjoyed the look behind the scenes of movie making. Dr Tinfoil was also brilliant - amazing to see what sculptures he could construct in a few minutes with foil and cutlery 😂
    Written 19 November 2022
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    SEV
    15 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    My partner and I were seriously disappointed with the tour. A gabbling guide trying to talk over the noise of a tour group in front of us, as he shephered us through a series of curtained off areas displaying various costumes and design models - most of which seemed to have seen better days and could do with a serious freshening up! As an expensive tour concept we felt it incredibly underwhelming - not a patch on the Harry Potter experience in GB at the same price! and where were The Thunderbirds which seem to feature in these reviews?
    Written 12 March 2023
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    Kia ora A321BIRD, I am really sorry to read your feedback. We have responded to your email as well and thank you for the open communication. We have worked hard to ensure our pricing is kept lower ($50) because we are a small, bespoke tour, we are not the Harry Potter experience (upwards of $150 per person). I appreciate that our reputation as a leader in the film industry may have led you to believe we were something different, but we pride ourselves on showcasing our humble beginnings and quirky works. We have since refunded you for your tour and once again we are really sorry we did not meet your expectations this time. Kind regards, Jade
    Written 20 March 2023
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    Karenw
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    Really enjoyed just looking at everything but listening to our guide provided the details that made it come alive. Being an 'oldie' I enjoyed the Thunderbirds display and learning the tricks of the trade. It would have been great to have seen people actually working and hearing from them.
    Written 14 October 2022
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    TheMuggins
    104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One LOTR fan with 2 tag-a-longs did the tour and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have any interest in movies at all, you will be glad to have experienced this 90 minute tour. Kevin, our guide, was lovely, humorous, patient and knowledgeable.
    If you are a LOTR fan, you will love the tour almost as much as the gift shop…you could easily spend a fortune if you have it 😉
    Do yourself a favour, escape reality for a while and visit this little slice of heaven.
    Written 30 June 2022
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    Lauren Janes
    London, UK38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    Was a fantastic experience especially if you are a LOTR fan (obviously). The guide Sully was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable it's a real treat to see someone enjoy their work so much. You get to see so many bits from the film and pick them up, hold them etc. Questions are encouraged and you can really nerd out here haha. Only sad part is you can't take pictures inside but it's due to copyright. The shop was great and can take pictures in there with some life-size models/costumes. Bought a gift that was reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend if you're in Wellington. There are bits from other films too but really it's a LOTR session here, but it's really interesting to see how talented the artists are here and the detail & creativity that goes into all the work!
    Written 13 October 2023
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    Trisha L
    Saskatoon, Canada10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023 • Solo
    I loved seeing the costumes, props and life-sized figures. Stories about the filming were intriguing; the creativity of the artists and set designers was phenomenal - attention to detail remarkable. Our tour guide, Jesse was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
    Written 3 February 2023
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