Discover imaginary worlds

We imagine. We design. We build.

Wētā Workshop is an award-winning film effects company that services the world’s creative industries. Our crew have worked on many much-loved TV series and films, such as The Lord of the RingsThe HobbitAvatar, King KongDistrict 9 and many more. 

Our attractions in Auckland and Wellington let us share our creativity with the world, offering up-close and personal experiences into the artistry and craftsmanship that happens within our workshop every day.

In Auckland, we invite you to get hands on and immerse yourself in a wacky world of special effects, props and larger than life sets. Explore three film projects from the imagination of our crew, and discover how we bring sci-fi, fantasy and horror movie concepts to life. 

In Wellington, we take guests behind the scenes of the workshop, providing an exclusive glimpse into where all the creative magic happens. You might recognise some of our props, weapons or costumes - especially if you're a fan of Middle-earth. 

Wētā Workshop Unleashed – Auckland

Discover a Sci fi Adventure tile
Imagine a Fantasy World landscape tile

A global award-winning movie-making tour. Explore interactive and immersive make-believe film sets, focusing on the worlds of horror, fantasy and sci-fi. It's your chance to get up-close and hands-on with enchanting environments, resident creatures, one hyper-realistic giant, a galactic robot, and much more.

Wētā Workshop – Wellington

Weta Workshop Experience Peter Lyon
Weta Workshop Experience Group Tour Space Orc

From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to District 9: learn about the making of props, costumes and creatures created for your favourite films. Interact with cool stuff from our creative departments and, if you're lucky, catch an artist at work on our tour stage.

Retail stores

Weta Workshop Experience There and Back Again

Wētā Caves

We also sell a lot of what we make, and in our Wētā Caves, you can purchase all sorts of props, merchandise, collectibles and more. The coolest thing about the items we sell? They are designed and made by the same artists that make the epic stuff you see in the films.

Visit our Stores

We make cool stuff.

Weta Workshop Experience Gandalf
Richard Taylor with Orcs from the Lord of the Rings movies

Wētā Workshop has catapulted onto the world stage, thanks in part, to the creation of sets, costumes, armour, weapons, creatures, miniatures and more for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. From the sweeping landscapes of Middle-earth to the lush forests of Pandora in the movie Avatar, we’ve since gone on to design imaginary worlds for many more blockbuster films and TV shows. But don’t take our word for it, visit us, and experience our magic for yourself.