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A cave located in Wellington which houses the various exhibits of fantasy movies and series.
Uncover the Fantasy Realm Manufacturing in The Weta Cave
The Workshop tour offers the unique view of behind-the-scenes of Weta Workshop machinery to develop the properties of worldwide movies and series, though not to the inside of the Workshop itself. Even so, the visitors are still able to get close to the craft of properties as well as listen to the creative process told by the crew member of Weta Workshop who acted as your guide during the trip. You will realize how meaningful these properties are meant to be after getting the insight of its manufacturing process.
Fans or not, you will be amazed when you come to the set of Thunderbirds Are Go series as the huge miniatures is coming to the real life which are specifically made by the Weta Workshop in association with ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures as the series' production houses. Don't worry of getting lost in the mesmerizing shooting set as the experienced crew will guide you to explore the site, check out the authentic storyboards and the show's concept art, and learn to build the imaginary world by using simple household objects as the visual aid and tiny bit of creativity as the idea booster which eventually will get better in no time when you keep improve in honing the made-up aspect that leads to the established invention of different yet somehow familiar universe.
In Weta's Studio Tour: There and Back Again, the visitors are able to get a look at behind-the-scenes of Weta Workshop world. Begin and ends at the Wellington i-SITE, Weta's Studio tour features journey from central Wellington to the Weta Cave by using the specialized shuttle, as well as the shop of Weta Cave where you can take a picture with various kind of sculpture and observe the items of worldwide fantasy series The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Lastly, you are able to enjoy the effusive 4-hour tour between the Wellington CBD and Weta Studio Tour in the evening with Weta and Coco. The extended tour includes amazing tales of famous series such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, District 9, and many more, as well as get closer to their props, weapons, armur, and vehicles used for the stories. In addition, the visitors are able to enjoy the delicious three-course meal in the Grand Lobby which then concluded by the night drive to the center of Wellington. Don't forget about the documentary broadcast of Weta Group's history which is prioritized for the visitors who book this tour. As the departure time of Weta and Coco tour limited only on Thursday and Sunday at 4.30 pm, you are advised to book in advance.
How to Get Tickets?
The entrance fee for the shop and documentary screening is free. However, you have to book the tour and pay when you want to explore the cave. The ticket category varied based on the age range and type of tour. Adults have to pay $ 28 respectively for Workshop tour and Miniature stage tour, $ 65 for Studio tour, and $ 145 for An Evening With Weta and Coco tour, whereas children are charged $ 13 respectively for Workshop tour and Miniature stage tour, $ 40 for Studio tour, and $ 75 for An Evening With Weta and Coco tour. In addition, there is a specal package for a small family consists of parents and two kids which is charged $ 72 for respectively the Workshop tour and Miniature Stage tour.
How To Get Around?
The visitors are able to roam around while listening to the tourist guide. Unfortunately, the photography is strictly prohibited to each of The Weta Cave's tour so keep in mind to put attention to any information related to the tour.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as shirt, cardigan, and pants along with sneakers or sandals because the site has a lot of fissure. Don't bring lots of stuff as there is no luggage storage at both the Weta Cave and tour spaces. You are also advised to wear two or three layers of clothes when you come to The Weta Cave as the weather would be freezing.
Best Time to Visit
The Weta Cave is open everyday except on Christmas day from 9 am to 5.30 pm. It is best to come to the place during off season because the visitors are not really crowded compared to the high season / holiday season on October until April. The visitors are advised to book the tour on the Weta Caves's official website.
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Will I Need a Guide?
Yes, you definitely need a guide to explore The Weta Cave. If you book the tour, the tourist guide is included in the package so you don't need to worry about finding the guide by yourself.
How To Get There?
You can reach The Weta Cave by taking bus number 2 from the city to Miramar and getting off at Camperdown Road or taking a taxi (cab) and telling the driver to go to Weta Cave. You also can drive you own car to Miramar by following the signs at the shops in Miramar along to Camperdown Road until Weka Street.