• Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 49.16 View price calendar

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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.


  • 2.5-hour Weta Cave Workshop guided tour and shuttle transfer, from central Wellington
  • Enjoy convenient transport from the city center
  • Meet people from the creative teams that make the magic happen for movies such as Avatar and The Lord of the Rings
  • Hear about the award-winning work that has garnered several Oscars and many other film industry awards
  • Learn some of the secrets behind the movie magic from your guide

What You Can Expect

Weta Cave Workshop Tour

Weta Workshop

The Weta Workshop, co-founded by director Peter Jackson, is renowned for manufacturing the sets, props, armor, creatures and miniatures of feature films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. You’ll learn about the making of the series and other movies, such as Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin, during your tour of the Weta Cave exhibition space.

Meet in downtown Wellington for a 20-minute shuttle transfer to the Weta Workshop, located in the nearby suburb of Miramar. During the ride, watch a short video and listen to your driver share information about Wellington’s role in producing some of the world’s most popular films.

On arrival, embark on a guided tour of the Weta Cave Workshop Tour for a behind-the-scenes glimpse with your tour guide, starting with a documentary screening. Appreciate the magic behind the movies as members of the Weta team show off models, costumes and weaponry. If you're lucky, you might even catch the design and production teams at work on special effects operations.

After about two hours, snap up one-of-a-kind merchandise such as prop replicas and LOTR art prints at the on-site gift shop before the return trip to downtown Wellington.

Customer Reviews

Karen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was wonderful have waited ages to be able to get to see the amazing things that are happening here, thoroughly enjoyed our day.

Lynnette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great experience, very informative bus trip to and from the workshop. Weta itself was extremely interesting...would definitely recommend this tour.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great experience interesting and well worth the tour. The trip to and from Weta workshop was als very informative and good scenery.
Thank you my guests enjoyed the tour.

Cathrine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent tour. Wish we had had more time in Wellington to do the longer tour. Weta guide was passionate re his craft and the amazing team that is Weta. Shuttle guide equally as passionate re Wellington and how Weta has positively impacted the area.

Monica M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Although I didn’t take the extensive tour, this was one of the highlights of my trip to Wellington. The studios are amazing, and being able to observe up close the artistry behind Peter Jackson’s blockbuster films was both fun and interesting. This tour is a good compliment to the Museum Te Papa.

Julie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Can not rate this highly enough!!!!! So much fun


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was great. You get great information about the city and the film industry in Wellington. The Weta Cave tour was great especially if you are a movie fan or just interested on how creative the people behind the scenes are.

Michelle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Amazing tour. Ray our driver was great. He was very knowledgeable and gave us running commentary on route. The weta cave and workshop experience was well above our expectations. Would defo recommend. Thanks

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great to learn more about how movies are made. The commentary about Wellington from the tour bus driver was fabulous too.

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