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Who We Are

Weta Workshop is a five-time Academy Award-winning creative design and practical effects company that services the world’s creative industries.

We’re also a hub of creativity with a diverse and passionate crew who love making cool stuff!

Our tours are our chance for us to share that with you.

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A Little History

Like Weta Workshop itself, our Tourism offering came from humble beginnings. We got our start in 2008, when Weta Workshop co-founders Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger – seeing the vanloads of hopeful Lord of the Rings fans pull up outside the workshop each day – opened the Weta Cave shop. Full of cool stuff to explore, buy, photograph, or simply gawk at, the shop quickly became an iconic landmark in the sleepy suburb of Miramar. But that was just the beginning.

Four years after opening the Weta Cave, in 2012 we transformed the section of the workshop closest to the shop into a fully-fledged tour space. For the first time ever, we were able to bring visitors up close and personal to the artistry and craftsmanship that happens within the four walls of our Workshop every day.

The rest, as they say, is history.

These days, more than 150,000 visitors flock to Weta Workshop, and the Weta Cave, each year to learn about the magic behind the props, costumes, armour, special effects, and more from their favourite movies. And we love to share it with them.

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tour guides at weta cave

Our Crew

Our Weta Workshop tour guides are storytellers first, tour guides second. Sure, it’s our job to get you from A to B – but where’s the fun in that? Our mission is to take you on an epic journey through the imagination. We’ve got all sorts of tools at our disposal: first-hand anecdotes, behind-the-scenes stories, movie effects secrets, tips, tricks, and more. Just as each tour guide is unique, so too is every tour!

More than simply giving you an insight into our creative process, Weta Workshop tours are our opportunity to share our passion and love for what we do, with you. We’re privileged to have you along for the ride.

tour guides at weta cave