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Weta Workshop Tours

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Weta Workshop
From fantastical costumes and prosthetics to large-scale props and weaponry, 3D models, and animatronics, New Zealand’s Weta Workshop is a one-stop-shop for movie special effects. Most famous for their Academy Award-winning work on the Lord of the Rings films, the studio has also worked on films including Godzilla, Avatar, and Spiderman.
 
The Basics
Movie fans can experience the Weta Workshop on a range of guided tours. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Weta Cave, and discover the studios and techniques used to create props and costumes for films such as King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia; then head to the Miniature Stage to see how TV shows like Thunderbirds Are Go are made. Hands-on workshops are also available, giving creative types a chance to try out special-effects makeup, make leather and chainmail, or sculpt a 3D character. A popular choice for Lord of the Rings fans is to combine a Weta Workshop visit with a tour of LOTR filming locations around Wellington. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A tour of the Weta Workshop is a must for fans of Lord of the Rings and those interested in special effects.
  • Entrance to the Weta Cave shop is free, and fans can pose with movie character sculptures and watch a documentary about the Weta Workshop.
  • Tours typically take around 45 minutes. The half-day Full Experience combination tour includes the two most popular Weta Workshop tours, plus round-trip transfers from Wellington.
  • Film fanatics won’t want to miss the Weta Cave shop, where you can buy movie merchandise and collectibles.
  • Most areas of the workshop are wheelchair-accessible. 

How to Get There
The Weta Workshop is located in Miramar, 5 miles (8 kilometers) southeast of downtown Wellington, about a 15-minute drive or taxi ride. Some tours include transfers, and bus 18e from downtown stops nearby. There is free parking on-site.

When to Get There
The Weta Workshop is open daily all year round from morning to late afternoon. The summer months of December and January are typically busiest, when it’s essential to book in advance; advance booking is recommended all year round. If you’re driving, it’s best to get there early on weekends or during busy periods as parking spaces are limited.

The Lord of The Rings
The Weta Workshop became a household name thanks to its work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, winning three British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards, four Oscars, and numerous other awards for its work. More than 48,000 items were created for the trilogy, including ground-breaking innovations such as a lightweight chainmail designed for use on film sets; thousands of hand-made swords and customized armor; incredible costumes such as that of the Dark Lord, Sauron; and mythical creatures such as Gollum, created using motion capture. Lord of the Rings fans can pose for photos with characters such as Gollum, Azog, and Uruk-Hai, Lurtz, at the Weta Cave. 
Address: Weta Workshop, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
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12 Tours and Activities to Experience Weta Workshop

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Weta Cave Workshop Tour & Miniature Effects Tour with Transport

Weta Cave Workshop Tour & Miniature Effects Tour with Transport

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Wellington’s Weta Workshop is world-famous for its special effects work on movies like The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This tour takes you behind the scenes and see where the magic happens. Go hands-on with the tools Weta artisans use to create creatures and sets and get close up with Weta’s miniatures stage. Get up close and personal with Wellywood's finest.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.25
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Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)

Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)

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Spend the morning or afternoon visiting Middle-earth on this half-day 'The Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. A guide with insider knowledge entertains Frodo fans on a journey into the scenic New Zealand countryside. Get a behind-the-scenes look at LOTR movie production on a tour of Weta Studios and discover why director Peter Jackson selected this region to film the renowned trilogy along with ‘The Hobbit’ movies.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.64
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Wellington's Full Day Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

Wellington's Full Day Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at nine ‘The Lord of the Rings’ locations around Wellington and learn about the filming of movies based on the popular books. On a tour of the New Zealand countryside, see re-created scenes of Middle-earth including the Hutt Valley and the Greenbelt, take a forest walk through Tolkien’s Rivendell, and step into Weta Studios for a movie production tour of digital special effects. Your guide shares insider gossip on how the movies were made and takes you to a themed lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.59
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Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour with Small Group

Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour with Small Group

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Combine a tour of Wellington and the Lord of the Rings locations during this half-day excursion from Wellington port. Follow your guide, a LOTR specialist, to locations including the Weta Workshop, the LOTR filming and post-production facilities, and Mt. Victoria. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Wellington port provided. This small-group tour, limited to 15 people or fewer, ensures an intimate experience.
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  • 4 hours
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$83.51
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Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day

Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day

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Venture to Middle-earth to see where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed. On a half-day or full-day tour, an insider guide escorts you to movie locations in the Wellington area. Stop at landmarks that were featured as the Shire, River Anduin, Helm's Deep, Rivendell and more. Hear behind-the-scenes fun facts as you take in the gorgeous scenery of the North Island. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch (full-day option only) are included on this small-group tour, limited to only six passengers.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$267.94
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Private Wellington Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Private Wellington Full Day Sightseeing Tour

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Tick off the top attractions of the Windy City on this private full-day tour of Wellington. Experience the myriad delights of New Zealand’s capital as you take in the views from Mt Victoria, spot seals at Red Rocks, then go behind-the-scenes with a 45-minute tour of the Weta Cave, where the special effects for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were created. After a scrumptious lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café (included), ride the cable car over Wellington and visit landmarks like the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings and the Beehive.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.39
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Spectacular Wellington: Private Sightseeing Tour - Full Day

Spectacular Wellington: Private Sightseeing Tour - Full Day

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There are plenty of tours that take visitors around Wellington’s many highlights, but there aren’t many that can be customized down to the stop. On this private sightseeing tour, though, choose between a half-day and a full-day tour and see the side of Wellington that most excites you. Personalize your schedule with the help of your private guide and visit attractions like the New Zealand Parliament, the Wellington Cable Car and the Weta Workshop Weta Cave.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.25
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Spectacular Wellington - Private Sightseeing Tour - Half Day

Spectacular Wellington - Private Sightseeing Tour - Half Day

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We make Wellington easy for you. On your private tour you will explore our inner city, historic buildings, our beautiful beaches and hills. Learn about our history, our people & our earthquakes from a passionate local. Enjoy flexibility, informed conversation, individual attention, personal space in our comfortable vehicle and the opportunity to connect with the Wellington that locals love. Why chose a uTours private tour: Travel only with your friends (maximum 6). Your tour will be personalised to reflect your interests, pace & time requirements. Your vehicle is cleaned thoroughly between tours. You will be met on time at an agreed location, usually your accommodation. We will communicate with you quickly and clearly. You will be driven safely, have fun & be well looked after. At the end of your tour, you will have a good sense of Wellington. Available as a shore excursion, based on your ship's schedule. uTours – where it's all about Wellington and all about you!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.66
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Wellington High Tea Tour

Wellington High Tea Tour

Aaron your local guide is Born and raised in Island bay and Brooklyn and is intimately acquainted with Wellington serving as a qualified guide for 23 years.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.64
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Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Make easy work of Wellington’s hills and devise your own itinerary on this self-guided electric bike tour. Opt for a 1 or 2-day bike rental and zip between sights like the Weta Workshop, Te Papa Museum, or Zealandia Sanctuary; glide along the Wellington Waterfront; or escape the city to cycle the Rimutaka Rail Trail or take in the views from Mt Victoria.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.20
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Wellington and Martinborough Overnight Combo Tour

Wellington and Martinborough Overnight Combo Tour

A combination of our two most popular tours plus accommodation makes this the best option for seeing Wellington and it's surroundings over an enjoyable two day tour!
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.70
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Wellington Full Day Tour

Wellington Full Day Tour

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Discover the top attractions of Wellington on this all-day guided tour. The itinerary includes a drive up to the top of Mount Victoria for the views, a visit to Weta Studios on the Miramar Peninsula to see where "Lord of the Rings" was filmed (if option selected), a ride on the Wellington Cable Car, plus stops at the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Old St. Paul’s Cathedral.
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  • 6 hours 27 minutes to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.95
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