Wētā Workshop Tours & Wētā Cave
Visit the home of movie-making magic in the heart of Wellywood
The Guardian named Wētā Workshop one of the top 10 studio tours in the world
The second half of the tour focuses on miniature effects. Guests are taken on a tour through a real television shooting stage for the contemporary reboot of the Thunderbirds Are Go! TV series. From an entire island to a pretty pink mansion, the detail and scale of the show’s “miniature” models are thrilling. The penny drops when you realise plenty of these models are built from repurposed everyday materials (you’ll never look at a lemon squeezer the same!)
The tour departs from the Wētā Cave retail store: a cavern of creativity in its own right, featuring plenty of photo opportunities! Sneak past the giant trolls who guard the front door and don’t forget to check out the mini-museum where a particularly hairy pair of Hobbit feet are on display.
Warren believes that the magic of Wētā Workshop is transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. “A lot of people coming through Wētā Workshop feel quite changed by the experience… We’re opening up a new world that they never knew existed here .” The Workshop whiz explains that the tour sets out to “ignite your creativity by serving up a huge big soup ladle full of inspiration.” If you want to get stuck in right away, the crew has recently launched a series of hands-on workshops, where you are taught to sculpt a character, craft chainmaille, carry out leatherwork, or create alarmingly convincing fake scrapes, scars and blood. No experience necessary!
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