Got questions about our tours? You've come to the right place.
Wētā Workshop is stoked to operate two visitor attractions in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Wētā Workshop Tours was established in 2008 at the heart of our design and manufacturing facility in Wellington, where we make cool stuff! Our tours house props, costumes, miniatures and models from your favourite films and TV shows. Discover how practical effects were created for The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Thunderbirds Are Go and more!
Wētā Workshop Unleashed blasted open its doors in Auckland at the tail end of 2020. This fantastical film effects facility is inspired by our workshop in Wellington. This time though, you’ve got an all-access pass. Explore our reimagined workrooms, chock-full of eye-popping practical effects from three original films, and be inspired to make your own cool stuff with a creative tip or two.
Is this a temporary or permanent attraction?
Wētā Workshop Unleashed is a permanent attraction in Auckland. We’re here to stay for as long as friends and fans continue to visit and enjoy the work we've created.
What’s the difference between Wētā Workshop Unleashed and your tours in Wellington?
Wellington is the home of Wētā Workshop, where we design and manufacture practical effects for your favourite films and exhibitions. Wētā Workshop Unleashed invites you to explore a fantastical version of this Workshop. Complete with creatures, castles and cool stuff from three original films: a horror feature, sci-fi adventure and fantasy epic. These have been dreamt up by our own team of story-tellers.
Does Unleashed include anything from The Lord of the Rings?
Wētā Workshop Unleashed is chock-full of practical effects from three original films. These characters and stories will be new to our guests. However, some recognizable characters and collectibles from Middle-earth will be on display in our Auckland-based Wētā Cave.
Do you offer discounts for students, Gold Card holders, caregivers or groups?
Exploring fantastical worlds is better when you're together - which is why we offer special discounts for groups of 15 guests or more. Enquire with our bookings team at [email protected]
Can I take photos?
Yup! Go snap-happy inside the entire experience! If you do share on social media, please #Unleashed or tag us @WētāWorkshopUnleashed. We’d love to see your photos.
Is there a carpark available?
Carparking is available at the SkyCity Main Site. This is Auckland's biggest car park, boasting 1,960 parks accessible from three entries, full-time security and surveillance, and well-lit maintained facilities.
Note: We offer SkyCity parking validation in the Wētā Cave for anyone who goes on our Wētā Workshop Unleashed experience, undertakes one of our workshops or spends over $49 on retail in the Wētā Cave.
*The validation discounts the parking fee. *The validation discount only applies for the first 12 hours of parking, before switching over to the usual SkyCity rates.
What should I bring to Wētā Workshop Unleashed?
Your curiosity, camera and comfortable shoes. We do not have any luggage storage on site. However, there are storage lockers nearby. Check out radical storage for options.
Is Wētā Workshop Unleashed wheelchair accessible?
Yes, we can accommodate a range of accessibility requirements. During the experience there are slight inclines and declines in flooring, it is recommended that wheelchairs have brakes. Elevator access to level 5 is available via Federal Street and Albert Street. We do have a small part of the horror section at Wētā Workshop Unleashed in Auckland that isn't wheelchair accessible, but it's skippable and our tour guides will take guests through an alternative route.
We are continually improving and enhancing our experiences to ensure we can cater for as wide an audience as possible. This includes visual and hearing-impaired visitors. If you have special requirements, please contact us to chat with our crew.
Can I skip the Horror Section of the experience?
A third of the experience is horror themed, and parental guidance is advisory. The scariest part (the horror house) is able to be bypassed but the horror section in general is not. The suitability really depends on the sensitivity levels of each individual child, some children love it but others do not.
Any further questions?
Please contact us via [email protected] or phone +64 (0)4 909 4035.