The Weta Cave, Wellington

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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. Use our Wellington travel route planner to visit The Weta Cave on your trip to Wellington, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I live in Wellington and go to the Weta Cave 2-3 times a year. I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson's movies so I find all the memorabilia really cool! I have also made some purchase...  more »
  • Just walking into the Weta Caves gift shop is an experience (and free, except you'll want to buy something). From here there are various behind the scenes tours of varying length and cost. All gets yo...  more »
  • Good place to stop on the way to the airport if you have time. Didn’t do the tour but this would make a separate trip worthwhile.  more »
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  • This place is awesome! You can visit part of the museum completely for free and you can also see a short documentary about how everything started and you can actually see that the people there work so much and the result is magically amazing! I didn't know much about these kind of things but now I totally want to see more! The statues look so real and that's amazing. This place is absolutely a must if you're into The Lord of the Ring!
  • Lovely tours with great hands-on interaction with movie props. Enthusiastic tour guides who actually work in the workshop. Nice gift shop with models, t-shirts and other small things.
  • Weta Cave brings into reality the visions we've seen on the screen. Descriptions were vivid. We were able to view and touch many props. We were able to see three craftsman working on current projects. Staff and craftsmen were knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
  • Geek heaven!!! All the staff there were extremely friendly and informative. A fun tour of the Weta Cave and all the amazing memorabilia you could handle makes this place a must see for any movie fan!
  • The famous Weta Cave. There are certainly some wonderful sights to behold here, and the tour offers a great insight into what is done behind-the-scenes. The tour however, is quite short, and doesn't offer a REAL lot of variety. You're really only going to see about 4 or so rooms/areas, so don't expect a journey through a large workshop. It's more of a display area, the actual workplaces are not accessible. The shop was fairly disappointing. it was small, and offered little variety. Also, I assumed it was going to be over-priced, but my god. be careful here, 90% of the stuff you find here, you'll easily be able to find for a fraction of the price online. Often, for the exact same product. Worth seeing if you're in Wellington for a while, but don't go out of your way on a short stay.

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