Creative Workshop: Intro to Leather Work & Wētā Workshop Experience & Transfer

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Learn techniques employed by Wētā Workshop’s costume crew as you refine, design and dye your very own leather keepsake.

From $109
4hrs 30mins

For over 20 years, Wētā Workshop has crafted beautiful leatherwork for the big screen. Having kitted out countless armies with chain maille and leather-adorned costumes, the Workshop has brought life to many films, such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia and more.


Our hands-on workshop is your chance to create your own movie magic with our crew. Learn techniques used by our costume department and refine, design and dye your very own leather keepsake! It's an intro into leather work and you'll be guided through a process of creativity by our team.

Top off your day with a 90-minute tour of our hero product, the Wētā Workshop Experience, and your guided transfer will take you There and Back Again. Pick up and drop off is from Wellington i-SITE visitor centre.

What To Expect

Guided return transfers

Journey from Wellington to Wētā Workshop in your dedicated shuttle. Your friendly driver will point out iconic landmarks along the way.

Wētā Workshop Experience

Part 1: Explore props, costumes and cool stuff

From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 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.

Part 2: 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!

Creative Workshop - 60 mins

Create your own keepsake: Stamp or emboss your own pattern on genuine leather, then dye and finish your sample.

Craft in small groups: Allowing for one-on-one time with our crew. No creative experience necessary. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm.

Take your creation home!

Explore the Wētā Cave retail store:

A cavern of creativity in its own right! Be greeted by giant trolls on arrival, explore our mini-museum.

Where To Go


Your guided transfers depart from the bus park opposite the Amora Hotel, 145 Wakefield Street. You'll find us just up the road from the Wellington i-SITE bus stop [See Map]

We recommend arriving at the pick-up point 15 minutes before your booked departure time. 


We'll drop you back off at the same spot. 

Additional Info

  • There is a 550m walk between the tour space and hands-on workshop space.
  • Please notify us if you have sensitive skin or known allergies. For more on the products we use, contact us at [email protected]
  • Our tours & workshops frequently sell out, particularly during peak season (Oct-Apr). We strongly recommend booking online in advance.
  • Photography is strictly prohibited whilst in our tour spaces.
  • 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.
  • Wētā Workshop Tours is proud to hold a Silver Award from Be Accessible.

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