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  • Address: 1 Weta Street
  • Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and ANZAC Day (April 25).
  • Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for children (6-12). Children 5 and under free. Prices increase October 2014.
The hit Lord of the Rings movies have ensured New Zealand’s spot on the map as one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. After all, there aren’t many places where the scenery is so surreal people are unsure if it really exists. While the country’s alpine vistas and rock-strewn plains are, in fact, real locations, there is an entire side of the epic films that was manufactured by man in a studio.

At Wellington’s famous Weta Cave—the Academy Award-winning production venue that produced The Hobbit, Avatar, and Lord of the Rings—visitors can learn about the movie magic that brings the films to life. How did Gandalf’s beard look so real and the hobbits appear so short? And what technology is used to make the Avatar characters so blue? Learn the answers to these questions and more on a self-guided tour of the cave, or schedule a tour of the behind-the-scenes areas where all of the magic took place. From the mind-boggling technology of the special effects to the impeccable detail of the costumes, Weta Cave is a fascinating window into the work that goes into a film.

Practical Info

Weta Cave is located in the center of Miramar, Wellington. It is open to tours daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and ANZAC Day. Entry costs $20 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children 5 and under enter free. Prices are set to increase (to $24 and $12) in October 2014.

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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

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Explore Middle-earth on this 'Lord of the Rings' location tour. Re-create scenes from 'The Lord of the Rings' book and movies, and see how Middle-earth was ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on a half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. See where Middle-earth was created in New Zealand’s ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.74

Weta Cave Workshop Tour

Tour an exhibition hall of the world’s leading special effects studios at Weta Workshops, a must-see destination for 'The Lord of the Rings' fans visiting New ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.82

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