Weta Workshop 'There & Back' Guided Tour
Wellington, New Zealand
- Shuttle tour: There's free transportation to and from the Wellington i-Site Visitor Center, with your driver pointing out important movie landmarks along the way.
- Weta Cave Guided Workshop Tour: Peek in on working artists, then see a fascinating collection of props, including silicone feet from The Hobbit, life-size trolls from the Lord of the Rings movies, and alien assault rifles used in District 9. Includes priority seating in the documentary about the workshop.
- Gift shop: If you've ever dreamed of owning a bow and arrow like Tauriel the elf's, a hat like Gandalf's, or a life-size statue Gollum, here's your chance to get a souvenir hand-crafted by real film artists and designers.
About This Wellington Tour
Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf hero of The Hobbit who set out on a journey to retake his kingdom from the evil dragon Smaug, needed a weapon suitable to the task. Luckily, he and his company of dwarves, along with Gandalf the Grey and the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, discovered a stellar blade in a troll cave – the Orcrist.
In reality, the Orcrist was created under the watchful eye of craftsmen there at the Weta Workshop. Think of the most epic, large-scale, eye-popping TV or film spectacles you've seen, and it's likely that Weta played a role in developing a set, creating a weapon, or designing an outfit for it.
The specialists there don't just make world-shattering, dragon-slaying swords from their mind's eye. They work as historians and researchers, learning actual processes used by swordsmiths and weapon makers from the eras in which their projects are set. Whether it's the Middle Ages for a Lord of the Rings staff or a dystopian future for Mad Max's famous Pursuit Special muscle car, the finished products look and feel as if they were really borrowed from a cinematic hero.
You'll not only see a huge assortment of hobbit feet, giant killer robots, prosthetic ogre limbs, and rocket ships; you'll see how they are made. As you glimpse into the actual workshop to see special effects wizards designing, sculpting, and modeling, realize that what you're watching is the actual process of turning fantasy into reality – a task no one does better than Weta.
Do not leave Baggins unattended in the precious zone
Weta's work is best known from film and TV, but some of its creations make it to the real world. In 2009, the studio created a bronze sculpture of an orc for the offices of Blizzard, creators of Warcraft. In 2010, Weta founder Richard Taylor supervised the fabrication of a statue of Keith Park, a hero in both World Wars, in the coastal city of Whanganui. And in 2012, the studio placed a massive 42-foot Gollum above Wellington Airport's main terminal.
Please make your way to Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street 6011, Wellington to begin your adventure.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather.
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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