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Wellington: Wētā Workshop Experience and Guided Tour

1. Wellington: Wētā Workshop Experience and Guided Tour

Visit Wellington's Wētā Workshop and step into a world of magical creativity. Learn about how special effects and props and designed and made for film and TV on a guided tour of the Wētā Cave. Meet your guide at the Wētā Cave store to begin your journey through the world of Wētā Workshop, one of the film industry’s premier special effects companies, located in the heart of Wellington’s Miramar peninsula. From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 9, learn about props, costumes, and creatures were created for your favorite films. Check out cool stuff from the creative departments and catch an artist at work on the tour stage.

Wellington: Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop Full-Day Tour

2. Wellington: Lord of the Rings & Weta Workshop Full-Day Tour

After pickup from the Cruise Terminal or one of several easy Wellington City locations, you will start your journey with one of our knowledgeable guides who have decades of experience between them. See the Embassy Cinema and learn about the amazing World Premieres held here. Then, ascend to the Mt Victoria lookout, where you will enjoy a stunning view of the city and harbour. Then descend into the forested slopes of the nearby Outer Shire to follow in the footsteps of Frodo and the Hobbits as they began their quest to destroy the One Ring. See where they encountered mushrooms and Black Riders before they "get off the road" and flee to the Buckleberry Ferry. You can recreate some of the most famous scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring and make your social media streams go crazy! Next is the famous Weta Workshop to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour in a specially designed, top secret tour space. A Weta artist will share the secrets behind filmmaking and explain how the props, costumes and weapons were created. Snap photos with some iconic characters from middle-Earth and pick up a souvenir or two, if desired. After this, you venture towards the River Anduin where the Fellowship travelled to the Falls of Rauros after leaving Lothlorien. Then, you will enjoy a delicious hobbit-themed lunch where you can feast on some traditional hobbit fare to refresh your stamina for the journey ahead. All dietary requirements can be catered for, but please advise when booking. After lunch, you will drive to Kaitoke Regional Park - a stunning temperate rain forest and setting for Rivendell. Immerse yourself in the magical location and learn how the area was transformed into Elrond's house, Frodo's bedroom and more. Reenact a famous Legolas image and then recreate the scene where Frodo leads the newly formed Fellowship towards Mordor by posing in front of the Rivendell gate tower which is the only LOTR replica structure in the whole country outside of Hobbiton. You also see a scene from the start of The Two Towers and have a chance to cross a swing bridge and visit a giant 800-year-old native Rimu tree and learn about NZ's flora and fauna. Finally, you will visit the Gardens of Isengard and see where Gandalf rode to meet Saruman after discovering Frodo had the One Ring and where the wizards walked through the beautiful gardens before they were destroyed. This is also the location where the Orcs began felling Fangorn Forest. On the journey home, we pass by Dry Creek Quarry, that was used for Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith. This is now a working quarry so we are not allowed access, but your guide will share stories and photos as you see it from the road. You will then be returned to your pickup location full of information and stories that will make your friends and family jealous. This tour is a must-do for any fan and those who want to enjoy some of the most beautiful places in the Wellington region. Book today and join us on this unforgettable journey!

Wellington: Cave to Coast Highlights Guided Tour

3. Wellington: Cave to Coast Highlights Guided Tour

Explore Wellington's highlights on a 5-hour fully-guided tour. After pick-up at a meeting point your hotel, head along the Wellington Waterfront and up to the Mt. Victoria Lookout. Marvel at stunning 360-degree views of Wellington city and it's picturesque harbour. Journey along the coastal drive around Oriental Bay and Evans Bay Parades. Stop briefly at the iconic windy Wellington sign. Arrive at the famous Weta Cave Shop, the hub of Weta Studio Tours in Wellington. It's not just a retail store: it's a cavern of creativity. At the Weta Cave, snap a selfie with the life-sized sculptures, wander through the mini-museum, and watch the exclusive documentary.  Continue along to scenic Shelly Bay and around the Miramar Peninsula. Break for lunch at a seaside cafe or restaurant. Pause for a moment of remembrance at the Wahine Memorial Park. Explore the south Wellington coast, Taputarenga Marine Reserve, and Te Kopahou Reserve Visitors Centre. As the tour returns to the city, benefit from optional stops available at central city locations including the Cable Car, National War Memorial, Brooklyn Wind Turbine or Old St Paul’s Cathedral before the final drop off at Wellington I-SITE.

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I booked the tour last minute and I am really glad I did! Grant, our guide was super knowledgeable about everything LotR and much more. He told us about the city, we saw the original forest and he explained some very interesting things and we visited many filming locations with a lot of opportunities to take pictures. Of course, the Weta workshop visit was also a highlight, super cool and inspiring! One of my favourite day tours I've done this trip!

It was a tremendously fun day out with some great locations and so much interesting information from our guide. about the films, the creators and New Zealand itself. Would definitely recommend.

Amazing day Knowledgeable guide who really knows what he is talking about with loads of stories from the actual set. Good transport, great lunch, and loads to see and listen to ! I recommend

Guide was awesome, all members of the group were made to feel welcome and part of the magic. Well worth doing. Wish we had done this years ago.

Super good guide who could tell many good stories. Good restaurant for lunch.