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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  • nice tour with one of the crafters, they let you handle some of the artifacts and take back where it happens. If you wonder how they make a human an orc or how a little city boy can wear heavy armor a...  more »
  • The tour is well worth the money paid. Very important that you are engaged, curious and asking questions. That would make the time on tour & viewing all the props much more enriching and worthwhile. N...  more »
  • The last time I visited Weta you could only visit the gift shop, so I was excited this time to have a glimpse into movie making. There are 4 different rooms on the tour and in the last part you can to...  more »
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  • Cool to see some of the models and sets from the various Weta Digital projects! Access is very good in and around the building. It is also on a main bus route so if you do not have a car it is easy to get there. Entry here is free unless you wish to pay to go on one of the other tours.
  • Learned some interesting things, but I thought the tour was pretty short and the area compact. I was hoping to see larger models and a whole bunch of different movie miniatures like from blade runner, but that wasn’t the case. Still interesting but I wish there was more.
  • Since we were on a road trip around New Zealand inspired by the Lord of the Rings, it became clear early on that the Weta Workshop Tour and Weta Cave had to be on our list. Luckily (if you can call it that), the day coincided with our one day of rain in Wellington. The Workshop Tour was great. It was brilliant to see and hold the props, understand the processes, manufacturing, tricks used, etc. Thoroughly enjoyable!
  • Awesome place to visit. We have so much talent here in New Zealand. Check out the Gallipoli display in Te Papa as well. We went two days before Christmas but had no issues with parking. The guides were very knowledgable and had an obvious passion for what they were doing. We had the privilege of having Richard Taylor stop and talk to us for a few minutes
  • If you like film, you'll enjoy the behind the scenes look at how some things are done. The list of movies Weta has been involved in is much bigger than I anticipated, and I have been watching them again with a new appreciation for what is going on to create them. The tour guide was wonderful and knowledgeable, and I even got a solo tour of the miniatures sets. The gift shop was full of great stuff too.

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