In the Footsteps of Lord of the Rings
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: WLG-010
Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy by visiting director Peter Jackson's special-effects studio Weta Cave. Join a LOTR expert guide and visit the suburb of Mirimar, now also known as ‘Wellywood’. This is the heart of the New Zealand film industry with major projects going on at the moment such as ‘The Hobbit’ & “The Adventures of Tintin’
Your tour commences with a picturesque drive along lovely Oriental Bay toward Mount Victoria, which offers a spectacular 360 view of Wellington and its well-protected harbor. The dense forest undergrowth covering Mount Victoria served as one of the locations for "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, which was directed by Wellingtonian Peter Jackson. Take a stroll through the picturesque forest of the ‘Outer Shire’ where Frodo and the Hobbits began their journey. There were many scenes filmed here including the ‘Race to the Ferry’ and the famous ‘Get off the Road’ scene. Learn how the films were made while we visit scenes and locations right in the heart of Wellington City.
Continuing on to Miramar you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to visit “Weta Studios - The Weta Workshop”. This experience offers a peek into the magic of Weta and the many films they have worked on. Visitors are given an insight into the movies Weta is best known for, as well as learning about the processes and the creative and innovative thinking that goes on within the walls of this custom built facility. This movie based visitor experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop.
The story of the creative process is told and guided by a member of the talented Weta Workshop crew from the workshop floor using the props, models and weapons they have helped made for the movies. They may even reveal some of the secrets behind the movie magic!
Exclusive video clips are displayed throughout the tour, as well as descriptive boards describing the process used for different disciplines, such as Armour & Costumes, Weapons & Props, Creatures & Make-up FX, Miniatures & Models, Conceptual Art and Merchandise. The Exhibition space will also reveal the history of Weta Workshop and what they have been busy with over the past 20 years. You will also enjoy a private screening of a 25-minute behind-the-scenes film, which tells the story and history of the film industry in Wellington and features interviews with Weta Workshop co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.
Afterwards, return to the cruise ship pier via Evans Bay & Oriental bay for stunning views of Wellington City and Harbour. A drop-off in the city is available upon request.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing over unpaved and sloping walkways. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking or hiking shoes are recommended. No Photography or filming is permitted in the actual Weta Workshop.