Movie studio tour in Wellington

Weta Workshop

Visit Weta Workshop in Wellington for movie prop and costume tours with special effects exhibits.

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Step into the world of movie magic at Weta Workshop, an essential part of Wellington's film industry, known for creating immersive worlds and iconic characters. This is where creativity is alive, and where the detailed settings of Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were made into reality.

Weta Workshop is more than a studio; it's an informative journey behind the scenes of movie-making. Since its establishment over three decades ago, Weta has been celebrated for its meticulous attention to detail. On the studio tour, you'll see a range of props, weapons, and costumes, each with its own story. Guides with experience in filmmaking lead you through the processes of design and creation, offering insights into the world of special effects.

The workshop is interactive, with chances to touch industry materials. You might see artists shaping a character or adding small paint details to a costume. Here, art and technology come together, using both traditional methods and advanced 3D printing.

For enthusiasts of fantasy and film, the Weta Cave retail store offers a variety of memorabilia. Though the studio tour generally lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, visitors often spend more time in the store.

Booking in advance is necessary as tours can fill up quickly. Adult tickets are about NZD 28 (USD 20), with reduced prices for children. The studio is a short distance from downtown Wellington and can be reached by public transport or car, with free parking available. Tours are offered every day, starting at 9:00 AM, with the last tour at 4:30 PM.

A visit to Weta Workshop will increase your understanding of the skill behind film creations.

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