Weta Workshop Tours

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Weta Workshop
When it comes to The Lord of The Rings, New Zealand is always famously mentioned for the enchanting beauty of its scenery. From deeply-gouged canyons and ominous volcanoes to lofty, snow-covered peaks, the physical beauty of Middle-earth was arguably the films’ greatest draw. What many moviegoers don’t realize, however, is that the filming locations for The Lord of The Rings were just a fraction of the overall production. Mythical creatures such as orcs and balrogs were needed to prowl those canyons, and professional makeup and creative design were needed to round out the set.

While there are numerous tours to Lord of the Rings filming locations in cities across New Zealand, there’s only one tour where you can visit the place where the magic was all tied together. At Weta Workshop in the suburbs of Wellington, this 65,000 sq. ft. facility is where much of the design, props, makeup, and weaponry were created in the making of the films. This is an experience where you can go far beyond seeing the places where the movies were filmed, and actually gain some fascinating insight into how they were actually created.

In addition to the effects for The Lord of the Rings, Weta Workshop has been used in the making of Avatar, King Kong, and The Hobbit. From the depths of these walls and from the brains of these artists, literal worlds have been conceptualized and built and crafted for your enjoyment on the screen.

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Only five minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from Wellington, Weta Workshop is a fascinating stop where the magic of the movies is literally brought to life and the characters are heroically born.
Address: Weta Workshop, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
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Middle-Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours

Venture to Middle-earth to see where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed. On a half-day or full-day tour, an insider guide escorts you to movie locations in the Wellington area. Stop at landmarks that were featured as the Shire, River Anduin, Helm's Deep, Rivendell and more. Hear behind-the-scenes fun facts as you take in the gorgeous scenery of the North Island. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch (full-day option only) are included on this small-group tour, limited to only six passengers.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

Get a behind-the-scenes look at nine ‘The Lord of the Rings’ locations around Wellington and learn about the filming of movies based on the popular books. On a tour of the New Zealand countryside, see re-created scenes of Middle-earth including the Hutt Valley and the Greenbelt, take a forest walk through Tolkien’s Rivendell, and step into Weta Studios for a movie production tour of digital special effects. Your guide shares insider gossip on how the movies were made and takes you to a themed lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Weta Cave Workshop Tour

Go behind the scenes of ‘The Lord of the Rings' and other blockbusters at Weta Workshop, the world’s leading special effects and prop studio. The informative and entertaining Weta Cave Workshop Tour gives you a glimpse into the film production of your favorite movies including the LOTR trilogy, 'Avatar' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ Your 2.5-hour tour includes convenient round-trip transport by minivan from central Wellington, eliminating the hassle of driving and parking.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

Spend the morning or afternoon visiting Middle-earth on this half-day 'The Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. A guide with insider knowledge entertains Frodo fans on a journey into the scenic New Zealand countryside, plus locales like the Embassy Movie Theatre, site of the world premieres. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at LOTR movie production on a tour of Weta Studios and discover why director Peter Jackson selected this region to film the renowned trilogy along with ‘The Hobbit’ movies.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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There and Back Again: The Full Experience

Wellington’s Weta Workshop is world-famous for its special effects work on movies like The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This tour takes you behind the scenes and see where the magic happens. Go hands-on with the tools Weta artisans use to create creatures and sets and get close up with Weta’s miniatures stage. Get up close and personal with Wellywood's finest.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Spectacular Wellington: Private Sightseeing Tour - Half or Full Day

We make Wellington easy for you. On your private tour you will explore our inner city, historic buildings, our beautiful beaches and hills. Learn about our history, our people & our earthquakes from a passionate local. Enjoy flexibility, informed conversation, individual attention, personal space in our comfortable vehicle and the opportunity to connect with the Wellington that locals love.Why chose a uTours private tour:Your tour will be personalised to reflect your interests, pace & time requirements.You will be met on time at an agreed location, usually your accommodation. We will communicate with you quickly and clearly.You will be driven safely, have fun & be well looked after. For your comfort, groups larger than 6 people will travel in two vehicles.At the end of your tour, you will have a good sense of Wellington.Shore excursion timing will be based on your ship's schedule. uTours – where it's all about Wellington and all about you!
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hours
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Full-Day Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Tick off the top attractions of the Windy City on this private full-day tour of Wellington. Experience the myriad delights of New Zealand’s capital as you take in the views from Mt Victoria, spot seals at Red Rocks, then go behind-the-scenes with a 45-minute tour of the Weta Cave, where the special effects for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were created. After a scrumptious lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café (included), ride the cable car over Wellington and visit landmarks like the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings and the Beehive.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Scenic Shore Excursion of Wellington Highlights Tour

Getting around all of Wellington’s landmarks and attractions by yourself can be a grind: making sense of bus schedules, working out where the best spots are, finding the time to eat in between activities. This scenic tour offers a chance to visit all the must-see locations highlighted in the travel brochures - the sprawling harbour views of Mount Victoria, the props and memorabilia at Weta Workshop’s Weta Cave, the marine life of Te Kopahou Reserve – without having to worry about micromanaging your itinerary.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Weta Workshop Evening Tour including Dinner at Coco at the Roxy

Take an evening tour of the Weta Workshop, a leading special effects and prop studio co-founded by director Peter Jackson, where you’ll learn about Wellington’s movie-making history. Discover the creative film production process from skilled technicians at the Weta Cave. You may recognize blockbusters such as ‘Avatar,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and — of course — ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Finish with a 3-course dinner at CoCo at the Roxy in the heart of Miramar. Round-trip transport from the Wellington CBD included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Shore Excursion - There and Back Again: The Full Experience

Go behind the scenes at Weta Workshop to see the creative studio behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and other top films. The crew member-led ‘There and Back Again’ tour gets you access to the Weta Cave Shop, props and costumes from Weta Workshop projects, and priority seating at a documentary screening, along with a round-trip shuttle from central Wellington that saves you the hassle of coordinating separate transit.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Weta Workshop Shore Excursion Evening with Dinner

Discover the creative space and minds behind the ‘Lord of the Rings’ on a four-hour tour of Wellington’s Weta Workshop, where you’ll learn from crew members who design props, models, and weapons. See behind-the-scenes footage, then enjoy a three-course dinner at CoCo at the Roxy, a creative eatery decked with vintage movie posters. This four-hour Weta Workshop tour includes dinner, as well as round-trip transport from a central location in Wellington.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Craft with Weta Workshop Crew

The Weta Workshop is one of the world’s leading special effects and prop companies and famous for its work on the Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and Avatar. On this tour, peek behind-the-scenes of Weta, then take part in an unforgettable hands-on workshop. Under the guidance of a Weta crew member, learn to make LOTR-style chainmaille, mix up your own fake blood, and discover the real-life tricks behind the on-screen movie magic.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Mandarin Capital Combo

The Capital Combo is an entertaining guided tour by Weta Studio Tours and New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. You will have a Chinese-speaking guide for every stage of the journey. Included in the tour: return transport from central Wellington Weta Studio Tours; Weta’s exclusive documentary with Mandarin subtitles; a 45-minute Weta Cave Workshop Tour where you will see the special effects made for films like The Lord of the Rings; a 60-minute tour of Te Papa, where you will see New Zealand cultural treasures; and a fine New Zealand lunch at Te Papa before you return to the i-SITE.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Group Tour: The Weta Workshop Experience Tour

HIGHLIGHTS • Private guided tour inside our exclusive off-premises tour space – just a five-minute walk from the Weta Cave. • Learn how props, weapons, and armour are designed and manufactured for The Lord of the Rings, District 9, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia and more. • Unique photo opportunities with life-size statues crafted by the technicians of Weta Workshop. Enjoy your private tour one-on-one, or bring along your friends and family to share an unforgettable encounter in Miramar’s filmmaking precinct.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Sculpting Scars and Scrapes Workshop

Weta Workshop is opening its doors to give you the chance to make movie magic with our crew! No humans are harmed in the making of this workshop! With the guidance of our crew, learn to create convincing wounds using silicone gels.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Private Tour: Behind the Scenes Weta Workshop Tour

Get an insider’s look at New Zealand’s film industry during this 2.5-hour tour of Wellington’s Weta Workshop. See where the magic happens for blockbuster films like ‘Warcraft,’ ‘District 9,’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ as you take a behind-the-scenes look at their Oscar® award-winning work, designing props and costumes.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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