Miniature Effects Tour

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How do you film an island, mansion and city all under one roof? The answer; miniature effects. Learn how miniatures are crafted and view actual shooting stages.

From $28
45 minutes
All ages


Discover the technique of miniature effects and learn why and how miniatures are constructed for popular TV series and blockbusters films. Join your guide and view real miniature shooting stages from the TV series Thunderbirds Are Go as the theme for your tour.

Thunderbirds Are Go is created in association with ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures.

What To Expect

45-minute Miniature Effects Tour: 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 Weta Cave retail store: A cavern of creativity in its own right! Be greeted by giant trolls on arrival, explore our mini-museum and watch a documentary on the history of Weta Workshop’s creativity.


“My life-long fascination with model-making and practical film effects was born of shows like Thunderbirds, so it has been terrific to have been involved in the design and manufacture of what you’ll see inside.”

Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop (5-time Academy Award Winner)

Miniature Effects Tour

Where To Go

Departure: Your Weta Workshop experience will start at the Weta 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 Weta Cave ticketing desk at least 15 minutes before your tour starts.

Additional Info

  • 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 Weta 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.