Celebrating Middle-earth.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. A Special Screening on the 5th December 2023.

Online price from $109
4 hours
Ages 12+

Strap on your hobbit feet, dust off your elven cloaks, and prepare to journey to the heart of Middle-earth, because Wētā Workshop Unleashed in Auckland is hosting a celebration to rival Gandalf’s fireworks!


Wētā Workshop poured its creative heart and soul into the making of the Middle-earth movies, and a lot of the same skills and practical effect techniques are on display in the props, costumes, creatures, characters, and sets at our own movie-making experience in Auckland. 

This December, in celebration of the 20th anniversary since the epic conclusion of the third and final instalment in the trilogy, "The Return of the King", we are hosting a special screening of the movie with alternative commentary from our esteemed company founders, Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger.

We invite all denizens of Middle-earth to join us for a momentous gathering in our hallowed, award-winning sanctuary, for film and festivities. VIP packages available, find out what is happening below.

What to expect:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Theatrical Screening)

Festivities from 5.00pm. Doors open at 7.00pm - 10.45pm.

An exclusive and unique screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in our award-winning space with alternative commentary of the film from special guests and Wētā Workshop founders, Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger.

Hear behind-the-scenes tales from the epic movie, whilst being surrounded by the fantasy worlds, miniature castles, landscapes, characters, robots, spaceships, and creatures housed in our movie-making experience. A truly unique space to watch the film.

There's also a pre-movie event with themed characters, Special Effect applications, a food and drink bar, photo opportunities, and deals on Wētā Cave items for you to enjoy.

VIP Experience (only a few tickets remaining):

Exclusive Q&A with Richard and Tania.

6.00pm - 6.45pm 

Go one step further and purchase a VIP ticket to enjoy all of the above, and these additional opportunities:

  • Experience an exclusive 45-minute question and answer with Richard and Tania, the brilliant minds who were so integral in the making of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This is an exclusive opportunity to dive deep into the enchanting world of Middle-earth and conversate over untold tales from their extraordinary journey. The cinematic legends are ready to share their most captivating stories, providing you with unprecedented insights into their work on the blockbuster franchise.
  • Once you've soaked up the behind-the-scenes tales and stories, you'll be treated to premium seating for the screening of "The Return of the King" movie, allowing you to watch it with an entirely new perspective.

Where to go:

We will be hosting this long-expected party at Wētā Workshop Unleashed! Located on level 5 at 88 Federal St, Auckland (opposite the SkyTower). 

We are a quick 10-minute walk from Britomart and the Intercity Bus terminal is close by. For public transport options, please refer to the AT website.

Additional info:

We strongly recommend booking online in advance. We cannot guarantee on-the-day availability. This movie is rated 12 and above.

Please see our cancellation policy and terms and conditions before your visit.