Weta Workshop Thunderbirds Are Go Guided Tour
Wellington, New Zealand
- Guided tour: No need to worry about missing anything – your guide is a studio employee who answers questions and explains the meaning of every miniature landscape, wireframe, and storyboard during the 45-minute tour.
- Film sets: See models and miniatures used in filming scenes at the Tracy mansion HQ, plus the space ships, rocket planes, and submarines used by the Thunderbirds to defend the world from evil.
- Storyboards and art: Every global conflict and heroic resolution from the show begins as detailed concept illustrations of the action. See the real boards used by production teams and learn how they're used.
About This Wellington Tour
Can you really save the world with chess pieces and parts from a Dyson vacuum?
Apparently, yes. At Weta Workshop's Thunderbirds Are Go Experience, you'll find out how masterful graphic designers, sculptors, and illustrators take their inspiration from everyday objects, including shaving blades, egg cartons, and vacuum hoses.
The items themselves are mundane, but what they inspire is anything but. Weta's effects experts take great pride in their work, from the fabric pattern used on the miniature sofas at headquarters to the color of the leaves in the island forests outside.
There you get to do more than observe. This experience is guided the whole way, meaning you'll get in-depth insights about the importance of each piece. Ever wonder how they create the inside of the Thunderbird 1 space ship? Curious about the sand used on the exotic islands and deserts where the show's heroes fight diabolical villains? Then you need to take this behind-the-scenes tour. You might not be saving the world with a vacuum hose any time soon, but at least you'll know how.
When designing a set gives you lemons...
Serious fans of the original 1965-66 Thunderbirds series will remember a classic Easter egg in the Thunderbird 1 hangar – a lemon squeezer on the wall, blending in with various other machine components. The team at Weta Workshop knew they had to continue the tradition for the show's reboot, but couldn't find the right squeezer – so they custom-made a large, fully functioning lemon juicer for the hangar wall.
Please make your way to Corner Camperdown Rd & Weka St, Miramar, Wellington to begin your adventure.
This tour offers independent exploration, giving you maximum flexibility to GoBe whatever and wherever you like and for the amount of time you wish to spend.
Tour involves minimal walking over various surfaces of grass, pavement, concrete, and loose metal. Tour is not suitable for travelers with mobility concerns.
Scenic, Family Friendly, Theme Park
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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