Journey through Middle-earth
Just over twenty years ago, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, played on the silver screen and catapulted New Zealand cinema onto the world stage. Since then, Wētā Workshop has made countless props, costumes, prosthetics, dressed entire armies and more for an illustrious range of films. Now, we want to thank you for the support you’ve shown us over the years.
We’ve dusted off the keys and opened the vault to some of our most precious hero props and armour. From Feb 5, 2022, you can experience first-hand, original pieces that were used on set while filming The Lord of the Rings Trilogies. Find them in various locations while you explore the true home of Middle-earth until July 2022.
Location with costumes
Wētā Workshop Cave
The gateway to Wētā Workshop, Wētā Cave is a must-visit for film buffs. Here you’ll find authentic collectibles, prop replicas, books, jewellery, art prints, gifts, apparel, and movie memorabilia.
On display: Hero props including, Sauron’s mace, daggers of Westernesse, Narsil, Théoden’s sword and more. Costumes include, Ranger, Easterling and Numenorean
This beautiful art deco cinema was brought back to life by a collective of Wellington’s movie makers and hospitality stars and houses several hero artworks and fittings by Wētā Workshop artists.
On display: Uruk Scout and Rohan Soldier
As soon as you land, you know you’ve reached the home of Wētā Workshop’s movie-making empire when you see two of their epic installations, Gandalf and the giant eagles, and Smaug the dragon.
On display until April 30, 2022: Second Age Gondor, Rohan Royal Guard, Uruk, Heavy Orc and Goblin
Discover the stories of Te Whanganui-a- Tara at Wellington Museum, voted one of the top 50 museums in the world by The Times London.
On display: Third Age Gondor
Karaka Café at The Wharewaka
Home to unique Māori cultural experiences, Te Wharewaka is located by Whairepo Lagoon where Te Aro Pā, one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s, was located.
On display: Harad
Every 10 minutes, the iconic Wellington Cable Car departs from Lambton Quay and makes it way up into the Kelburn Summit for spectacular views of the city below.
On display: Third Age Elf
This historic theatre was built in 1926 and lovingly restored to host the world premieres of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, amongst others.
On display: Second Age Elf