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The Wetta tour was fantastic. And to see where some of the Lord of the Rings was filmed was also really amazing. Great for any movie fan, especially for the Lord of the Rings fans.
This was our favorite shore excursion out of three, taken while cruising from Australia to New Zealand last month. Grant was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and informative. He took us on a scenic drive around the area. Wellington is a beautiful town located on the hills with stunning views. We visited Weta Cave where we saw some of the original props for LOTR, Hobbit and other movies. Took pictures with some of the movie characters. Grant also took us to a couple of locations where some of the scenes for the LOTR were filmed. Finally, we stopped on the top of mt Victoria with stunning 360 degree views of the area before returning to the ship. Well worth the money!
Best tour I have been on. If you like the Lord of the Rings it is must. If you love the Lord of the Rings it is the reason to go to New Zealand. You visit a couple of the filming sites, plus get a tour of Wellington. It wasn't only the background and history of the Lord of the Rings, which was AWESOME but the history and background of the people like Peter Jackson and others that made the films possible. Where they found extras to be in the movies, and sound effects who would have guessed 10,000 New Zealand cricket fans sound like 10,000 orcs. You don't see orcs in costume, but you see full size orcs, and trolls around the site. I would take the tour again, to get stuff I might have missed the first time.
We all enjoyed this trip being LOTR fans. Our guide was great as he knew the scenes inside out having been in the film.
Weta was an added bonus pity it was not a bit more hands on but great day
Great half day tour, which took our large group to many movie sites. The explanations and photographs gave us a lot of information about the movie business and Peter Jackson. Dave our driver was amazing and really patient with the 9 young kids in our group. Highly recommend this tour.
Really enjoyed this half-day trip. The guide was very friendly and well-informed, and the experience was that much better because we were a small group of seven. Weta Studios were most interesting. Recommend this tour !
Loved this tour in the rain. I was skeptical that we would enjoy the rainy day tour but we did have a wonderful time. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We began with the half day tour but decided to stay on for the whole day.
Great tour even if you aren't a Lord of the Rings fan as the lookout was great. We had mist covering Wellington the first time we went to the lookout so we went back later when the fog had lifted. Great tour guide and really enjoyed the Weta workshop.
I enjoyed this tour. It was divided up into a trip into the woods behind Wellington with pictures and descriptions of what happened in the Lord of The Rings. The other part was taken by a trip to the animation/film effects studios, I found it a real insight into the cinema industry in New Zealand, but also an eye opener because a lot of work is done internationally on very well known films.
Great tour, fantastic guide who was obviously interested in what he was showing us. Just the right amount of time spent at each location.
Very enjoyable tour with a highly knowledgeable movie-lover tour guide. Thank you
The guide stopped for photos and managed to keep us on schedule and avoid the big crowds. We found the Weta Cave to be very interesting. My husband uses a walking stick and so the walk in the woods was challenging, but there was no problem with us taking a slower pace.
They were fun and engaging hosts- they even gave my mother and I a drop off in the city to visit another site in Wellington!
Awsom, , lots to see and do! We had been there on 2008 and really liked it, but now there is so much more to see-- great experience!
Jack, our driver and leader was courteous, knowledgeable and very obliging
The tour was one of the most enjoyable we have undertaken with Viator
Our guide was Emma and she was very interesting and informative. I very much enjoyed this tour. As we drove through Wellington to get to our first stop, Emma gave us interesting info about the city. We visited the area where the first part of the Lord of the Rings was filmed and Emma talked about how special effects were filmed and created. Very informative. We visited the studios where not only the Lord of the Rings special effects were created, but also where other special effects, props and studios are used for filming. An interesting tour.
fantastic knowledgeable friendly staff, beautiful locations and a great price. Highly recommended!
This was a great tour. Nathan our guide was perfect in every way. I posted a much more detailed review but the site asked me to login again and I lost it so this time I will be brief!
It was awesome! Would love to go back!
Wear appropriate footwear for short trek up Mt. Victoria.
Cameras are not allowed inside the Weta studio itself.
Absolutely loved every minute of this tour. Weta studios was fantastic.
Our guide, Laura, was very knowledgeable and a true LOTR fan. She had lots of inside information about the filming of the movies and has inspiredf me to come back home and watch them all over again so that I can see the places we visited. Thank you for a fabulous day.
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