Creative Workshop: Intro to Leather Work & Wētā Workshop Experience

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

Online price from $90
2hrs 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.

What To Expect

Wētā Workshop Experience

Explore props, costumes and cool stuff

From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 9, learn about the making of props, costumes and creatures created for your favourite films. Interact with cool stuff from our creative departments and, if you're lucky, catch an artist at work.

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

Departure: 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Wētā Workshop Tours is proud to hold a Silver Award from Be Accessible.
  • For our cancellation policy and terms and conditions please see here.