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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, a Weta technician

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 for a behind-the-scenes glimpse with a Weta technician, 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Brilliant for film buffs, these guys are incredible. Very good tour, lots of interesting things to see. From the moment you step off the minibus you are transported through a word of creativity and excellence, the level of detail and creativity is mind boggling. If you are a Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan look nowhere else for film memorabilia, having been to several outlets in NZ this has far the best collection and nearly all created here, from amazing live action statues of all the characters to armour and swords all exquisitly detailed. The workshop tour shows how things are made from casting to final finish, it also has examples of film sets created and the level of detail again beggars belief. There is even a lifesize Orc statue to be selfied with, that and the 3 lifesize trolls from the Hobbit out the front of the Giftshop. They also have memorabilia and creations from a raft of other film, warcraft, Avatar to name a couple. They are also introducing outher tours, The Thunderbirds tour was also just being launched.

Wing L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very friendly tour guides! definitely worth for the price

Jennifer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was great everything we were hoping for. Great tour guide and value for money. Thankyou

Patrice D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip to Weta - staff were great and helpful and our tour guides on the bus and behind the scenes were awesome.

Karin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We enjoyed everything, our tour driver was great and the tour guide at the Weta workshop was excellent. A great experience

Erina D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you are even a tiny bit interested in the movies that weta workshop are involved in I highly recommend this tour it was awesome and we loved it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Hard to believe there are such talented people in NZ. Awesome tour ,totally worth going

Patricia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

An amazing experience not to be missed

Keith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was an awsome experiance we were very impressed

Heather J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We enjoyed the video on weta and their other companies also their digital room

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