Movie magic

From Oscar-winning, movie-making magic at Weta Workshop where delegates can explore their own creative talents, to rubbing shoulders with the movie makers, Wellywood is a film lover’s dream destination.

Weta Workshop Movie Magic

1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington

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Be welcomed by Weta Workshop crew and inspired by the creative journey of how Wellington became known as Wellywood before exploring the workshop and getting captivated into a world of creativity, craftsmanship and movie-making magic.

Step into the art and magic of film-making with Weta Workshop . Learn more about the spirit of our makers by combining guided tours, story-telling  and hands on workshops that bring imaginary worlds to life with activities such as blood making, prosthetics, sculpting, leather work and chainmaille.

Orc statue at Weta Workshop
Lord of the Rings set at Weta Workshop

Lord of the rings tour

145 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Explore Lord of the Rings locations and see where the Fellowship voyaged down the Great River Anduin towards Amon Hen. Then the Gardens of Isengard where Gandalf sought advice from Saruman the White about the Ring before Saruman’s orc army destroy the gardens. This is a great day for any Middle-earth fanatic, general film fan or a group looking to see Wellington through a different lens.

Embassy Theatre

10 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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Grand old picture palace Embassy Theatre was originally built in 1926 and was fully refurbished inside and out in 2003 for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Since then, the theatre has hosted the Australasian premieres of Peter Jackson's King Kong and The Lovely Bones, among many of Wellington's finest film and arts festivals. It's also where the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was held on 28 November 2012.

Embassy Theatre
Gallipoli - Scale of our war exhibition
Gallipoli - scale of our war exhibition
Gallipoli Te Papa

Gallipoli: The scale of our war

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Explore New Zealand's involvement in WWI at Te Papa's powerful and moving exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war. Developed by Te Papa with creative direction from Sir Richard Taylor and amazing craftsmanship by Weta Workshop, this immersive exhibition features incredible larger-than-life 3D models of eight ordinary New Zealanders and tells their personal experience of the horrors they faced during the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Entry to this exhibition is free-of-charge.

Fear Factory Wellington

2/120 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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This interactive dark maze offers you an evening of fun and frights! Praised with glowing reviews from their attraction in Queenstown, Fear Factory's second branch here on Wellington's quirky Cuba Street offers those brave enough a sensory experience like no other! Get your team together and see if you have what it takes to survive...

Fear Factory Wellington v3
Roxy Cinema

The Roxy Cinema

5 Park Rd, Miramar, Wellington

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Located in the heart of Wellywood, The Roxy is a must-do for an oh-so Wellington evening at the movies. The building was originally home to Capitol Court which opened in 1928 to screen silent movies. On reopening in 2011, the cinema hosted a star-studded opening party with the cast of The Hobbit.

The cinema has its own oh-so classy bar and restaurant, Coco at the Roxy, where head chef Nic Spicer, creates exceptional international cuisine and award-winning bartender Ray Letoa serves up some of the best cocktails in Wellington.

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