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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published March 13th 2019
Get behind the scenes of movie making magic
Weta Cave, Wellington, props, cinema, imagination, Hobbit, fantasy
Hobbit feet prosthetics (image JW)

Entry to the mini-museum, shop and viewing of the 'exclusive behind the scenes' documentary is free and many people decide to book a tour once there. Inside the Weta Cave, you are welcome to snap a selfie with Lurtz, Gollum or Alan Tracy from Thunderbirds Are Go!, the documentary screens every half hour. You are welcome to spend as long as you like inspecting the displays of props from their various collaborations as well as shopping for a special "Wellywood" souvenirs such as Elvish jewellery, movie merchandise or collectables.

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Get close to the characters (image JW)

The 45 minute tours are led by passionate knowledgeable guides who love sharing the tricks of the trade and stories about the history of the company and its various productions. Please note due to confidentiality agreements, the workshop tour is to a converted workshop which is more of an exhibition space than where the artists are working on real film projects. The miniatures stage tour requires a short bus transfer to the shooting stage of Thunderbirds Are Go! at Tracy Island.

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Meet the makers (image JW)

For those looking for a more immersive experience, there are longer private tours for groups of up to ten, 2.5hr personal tours for up to four people, workshops involving sculpting, makeup and movie blood, educational tours for school groups and special group experiences.

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A miniatures set (image JW)

The 2 hr combo tour is great value at NZ$45 and gives participants a great overview of the scope of Weta and its associated companies. Although they are suitable for children I feel the tours are more suited to adults as there is a lot of verbal information, hardly any 'hands-on' moments and a few chances to take photographs.

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Why? To see behind the scenes
When: 9am to 5:30 pm every day except Christmas Day (check website for available tour times
Phone: 04 909 4035
Where: Corner of Weka Street and Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington.
Cost: Tours starting from NZ$28, combo tours NZ$45
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