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Step behind the silver screen and get a unique look at the making of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies on a guided tour of Wellington’s famous Weta Workshop.
Founded in 1987, Weta Workshop has created the unique special effects, costumes, creatures, props and makeup effects for dozens of TV and movie productions, including Sir Peter Jackson’s award-winning Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Set off at midday and travel to the suburb of Miramar where it all began and take a guided tour through a dedicated section of Weta Workshop, where crew members will tell the story of the innovative Weta creative process and show the props and models they have crafted.
During your tour you’ll see Weta artists at work, watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes film featuring movie secrets and interviews with Weta’s founders, and visit the famous Weta Cave shop with its huge range of unique collectibles and movie merchandise.
At the end of your Weta Workshop experience, travel back along the Miramar Peninsula and Wellington harbour to downtown Wellington, arriving at 2.30pm.
Other Weta tour time options
9am Weta Cave Workshop tour
10.30am Weta Cave Workshop tour
1.30pm Weta Cave Workshop tour
Take a trip into movie magic on a guided tour inside the famous Weta Workshop, where movie magic is made.