The Weta Cave, Wellington

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Specialty Museum
Film buffs love The Weta Cave, a museum dedicated to the Oscar-winning special effects company that worked on hits like the "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Adventures of Tintin." A short tour provides a look at just how they do it--workshops offer a chance to learn something about the art of prop making. Add The Weta Cave to your Wellington travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Wellington trip generator.
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  • Went as we're big weta fans and enjoyed the displays and shop. There's a free documentary video that's interesting too. Good if you want to shop weta.  more »
  • If you are any kind of movie fan at all, you will love this place. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit series, you'll go bonkers. Thank you to the WETA team for recognizing the value o...  more »
  • we did a combined tour of this and the thunderbird miniatures. very knowledgeable guide and they had made an effort to make it value for money  more »
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  • What an awesome tour GUIDE - he certainly has passion for what he does, and great knowledge of every movie made at Weta! I Loved the unique and unassuming setting of the Weta studio, the workshop and the cave. A highly recommended and very impressive tour - great for all creatives and Sci-fi lovers out there.
  • Another must see venue for visitors. I love the shop and video tour (sometimes need to book if busy). The kids love it too (although the Orcs and Trolls are so life like that the little ones are taken aback). I am looking forward to booking on a Weta Tour around the studios. Haven't done it yet, but friends rave about it, plus the holiday programme for kids looks great too.
  • It's everything most people would imagine. Loved how unassuming the surroundings were, it's brilliant to see where they started and still build from. Mind blowing that so much can come from this place and just how much Weta has had their hand in that you don't realise. Check out the extended tour for the background. Our guide certainly had a sense of humour, and you get the feeling that they all do.
  • Considering this mainly a working workshop for film production, and not a major tourist attraction, I think they have done quite a reasonable job. Obviously the had limited space for both the cave and had to be careful in the workshop as projects are in production, hence the no recording of any kind. It was a good brief insight into the development of the props used in film & television. I especially liked that the guide was not a guide but someone who actually worked in the workshop and answered questions that a "normal" guide may not have the knowledge to answer, only what is on the script. As for the cave, it was bigger than some gift shops in museums and attractions. Also you got to see more props for actual films rather than just a selection of goods to buy as Souvenirs. The film again was quite informative on the history and projects that Weta have been involved with. For me, it was worth travelling out to Miramar, besides where else can you have a selfie with a 5M troll !!!!
  • My first time there with my family and we were in awe of the place. The tour we did was awesome seeing all the props and listening to how things were made for the movies and a couple of funny stories thrown in as well. Our guide she was lovely. Its a shame but understandable why you can't take pics. My one flaw though is the Weta Cave shop its self. Its way to small. You would think after all these years they would make extensions on the shop to really showcase more products. Have seperate area for waiting for the tours etc.. but thank you Weta now my daughter is inspired to pursue her videography/cinematography as she gets older.