Wētā Workshop Experience

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Learn about the making of movie effects and props, from armour to weapons, creatures to costumes, make-up to miniatures.

From $49
2 hours
All ages

You’ll experience a sense of childhood wonder, reaching back to a time when you created your own worlds and let your imagination run wild! We are one of the film industry’s premier special effects companies, located in the heart of Wellington’s Miramar peninsula.


Wellington is home to an entire community of creative Wētā Workshop artisans who’ve brought life to such films as, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, and many others.

Want to experience the many sides of Wētā Workshop’s creativity? The Wētā Workshop Experience showcases the making of movie effects and props, from armour to weapons, creatures to costumes, make-up to miniatures. Meet your guide at the Wētā Cave store to begin your journey through the movie-magic world of Wētā Workshop! 

What to expect

Explore props, costumes, and cool stuff

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

Enter our world of miniatures and modelmaking

Discover the filmmaking technique of miniature effects and learn how they are built for hit TV and film productions. Wander through monumental miniatures from Thunderbirds Are Go and see how we fit an entire island, cityscape and mansion under one roof!

Explore the Wētā Cave retail store

A cavern of creativity in its own right! Explore our retail shop full of collectables, books, swords, games, merchandise and more, and a look through our mini-museum.

Where To Go


Your Wētā Workshop Experience will start at the Wētā Cave store located on the corner of Weka Street and Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington. 

Please allow enough time to find a carpark, as spaces are limited. You'll need to collect your tickets at the Wētā Cave ticketing desk at least 15 minutes before your tour starts.

Note: This option does not include transport from Wellington City, for the same ideal experience but with city pick up and drop off please select the option that features Guided Transfer.

Additional Info

  • Please note: there is a 500m walk between the two tour spaces. If you have mobility issues and are concerned about the walk, please contact our bookings team.
  • Our tours frequently sell out, particularly during peak season (Oct-April). We strongly recommend booking online in advance.
  • Photography is strictly prohibited whilst in our tour spaces.
  • On-street parking is free but can get busy. Please allow ample time to find a park.
  • There is no luggage storage in the Wētā Cave or within our tour spaces.
  • For groups of 20 people or more, please check out our Events & Group Tours.
  • Weta Workshop Tours is proud to hold a Silver Award from Be Accessible.

For our cancellation policy and terms and conditions please see here.

Reviews from TripAdvisor

Absolutely loved the combo tour. Staff were amazing but they also had so much passion and knowledge about the Weta Productions. Loved every second of the tours and would highly recommend if in Wellington and you love movies.

Sally J

We did the combo tour of Weta workshop and Thunderbirds. Both were brilliant. Our guide Isaac was awesome - super knowledgeable, providing a fun and informative behind the scenes experience. So many interesting, fascinating insights and some hands-on experience too with some of the props and costumes. Can't recommend these tours highly enough. Don't miss it!


Interesting, inspiring and fun!
We really loved our visit to the Weta workshop. We did the combo tour, which also covered the Thunderbirds set. Our guide was excellent and interesting, and we were amazed to discover how many artists and specialised artisans and craftsmen are involved.