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. Add The Weta Cave to your Wellington travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Wellington trip generator.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I wasn't sure what to expect with this and was a bit worried by the price. I was even more worried when I saw the horrendous prices of the souvenirs! However, it turned out to be the best tour I have ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Not a very long tour but it gives a good behind the scene of how people actually work at the WETA workshop and see the passion and enthusiasm of the people there. It makes you think also how amazing i...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It plunges back into the universe of films for which studios Weta worked. Beautiful objects and original pieces are presented, I regret that the visit is too short?
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  • 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.
  • In addition to being a souvenir shop they also hold free public events, like artist and craftspeople signings. I was there for a company birthday celebration hosted by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger, two of the companies founders, with birthday cake for all! A great place to see some props, figurines, and peruse through "the art of" film books. That said, it's worth paying for the workshop tour for a more in depth experience and a cursory look at the prop making process.
  • A real eyeopener to the world and the people behind some of the most memorable films of all-time! Interesting and fun tours with plenty of detail and explanations from fun and friendly guides! A definite must-see for all those who love films as well as those who are looking for fun day out! A trip to Wellington would not be complete without Weta!
  • Thoroughly recommend the paid tour of the workshop, the "cave" is OK for a 30 min peruse but quite small and very busy, some props but mostly souvenirs. Tours are run by staff of the workshop who are very knowledgeable and passionate. Cool range of props, not just from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films, also able to see some of the guys at work. Out of the way from the city centre but easy to get to by bus. Had a fun visit!
  • Enjoyed but kind of expected more. could be better to be honest. No Weta magic shame Could have had green screen etc shown how it's done well as insight anyway.

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