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“Soooooo Cool!”
Review of The Weta Cave

The Weta Cave
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Weta Cave Workshop Tour
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$133.07*
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Middle-Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours
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$72.24*
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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Qualmark endorsed Weta Cave is your gateway to two immersive film-making experiences on the Miramar Peninsula: Our Weta Cave Workshop Tour provides a unique peek behind-the-scenes through windows into our Workshop. Our story of film-making creativity is told by members of our crew on a tour full of authentic props, models and weapons from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogies, and more. They may even reveal a few of the secrets behind the movie magic! Step onto a live shooting stage for our guided Thunderbirds Are Go Behind-The-Scenes Experience. This journey into our latest handcrafted world, reveals the authentic set pieces, props, and models that bring to life this contemporary retelling of the beloved TV classic. FAB. A cavern of creativity, the Weta Cave shop also boasts sculptures made by the filmmakers at Weta Workshop, prop replicas, apparel, jewellery, books and more. While you’re here, take a seat for a free film about the history of film-making on the Miramar Peninsula. It screens throughout the day. Ticket prices for either the Weta Cave Workshop Tour or Thunderbirds Behind the Scenes Tour: Adults: $25, Children 6-12 years: $12, Infants (5 and under): FREE, Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children) $60
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“Soooooo Cool!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We visited the Weta Cave today. It was very very cool. The kids really enjoyed it. The detail up close us amazing. It is worth a look

Visited August 2013
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AnnaAbernethy, Manager at The Weta Cave, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Great to here you enjoyed your visit!
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“Window into the Workshop made a good experience great!”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Weta Cave is ,of course, a mandatory stopover in your LOTR/Hobbit pilgrimage, but the attraction (attraction, because it is so much more than a shop) is fun for everybody who is remotely interested in movie magic. The shop itself looks awesome. For example, the three huge trolls that feature in the new Hobbit film stand guard outside in the garden (don't worry: they have been petrified by Gandalf for your convenience. Don't forget to take some photos!), Gandalf himself watches over the cabinet with LOTR miniatures. Pose with him and snap a picture, but be careful not to offend him; he carries his staff ("I told you to take the wizard's staff"!) and he has a big Uruk-Hai to back him up in case of trouble.

The shop sells loads of merchandise from the LOTR/Hobbit universe, but stuff from other movies can also be admired (and bought). Items range from swords, laserguns (District 9), miniatures, clothing, books, dvd's and small memorabilia such as magnets, keychains etc. It is also possible to watch a short film in which the activities that Weta has been involved in are shown. This film is shown in a small cinema which can be accessed via the main shop. The shop in itself is pretty awesome. It actually really looks like a cave from the inside! It is free of charge (unless you buy something which is almost a given seeing as that there are so many great items for sale), but in the end it is just a shop. A great shop, but just a shop none the less. What made me refer to this shop as an "attraction" (first sentence of this review) you may wonder? The 'Window into the Workshop' of course! Takes lots of photos in the area of the shop itself, because this is prohibited during the workshop tour.

The hour long 'Window into the Workshop' tour really takes the cake. It allows you to enter the Weta workshop for a great behind the scenes tour. The knowledgeable and friendly tour guide (nobody in our group questioned him... although that might have had something to do with the samurai sword he was carrying - the sword that was used by Tom Cruise in 'The Last Samurai' no less!-) enlightened us about the the Wonderful World of Weta. The workshop was divided into several areas. Our small group (about 16 people) where led from one stop to the next. At each stop the guide explained something about that particular aspect of Weta. We were shown how the props for various movies were made (they used a laser gun from District 9 as an example but the same prionciple applied to every other prop ), what the material was made of, which projects Weta has been involved in (there is an amazing, larger than life, working Halo Humvee and let us not forget the armour of Sauron from LOTR) and what is done with props after the movie has been shot. For me as a LOTR afficionado it was particularly awesome to be allowed to touch and compare the different types of "chainmail" (in reality made from a special type of plastic to facilitate the actors' movements) and to see the different pieces of armour, shields and weapons that have been worn by the famous actors during filming of the LOTR trilogy. The tour takes about an hour and is really interactive. You can ask loads of questions from the guide and people who are currently working on projects also popped in for a quick chat during my tour. I thought that my money was well spent on this informative sojourn in the magic world of Weta.

Additional comment:

Special thanks go out to the staff member that manned the cashier in the shop. He showed real flexibility when I turned up a tad late for the start of the tour (parking issues...). After I left the tour I realised that this is what makes Weta so special. It is staffed by fun, caring guys who think out of the box. I think this is reflected in the work they deliver.

Visited July 2013
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AnnaAbernethy, Manager at The Weta Cave, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Hi there,

Thanks for the fantastic feedback on the shop staff - we hope to see you again soon.
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Harwich, United Kingdom
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“Read this review if you are thinking of going here!”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We went out to the Weta Cave with our 18 year daughter. She wanted to do the tour, it seemed busy in there but we booked and just had a twenty minute wait. During the 20 minutes we wandered around the small shop which took just a few minutes as we are not geeky about the films etc. We then went on the tour and OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS SOOO GOOD. We had a young fella called Matt Hopkins (I think it was) and he was amazing, explaining everything in an interesting way and his passion for his job and what goes on was so obvious and infectious., He was also funny and entertaining and we were able to ask ad hoc questions. He included everyone and made sure that we all had such a good experience. DONT JUST STOP AT THE SHOP, THE TOUR IS WORTH EVERY DOLLAR. It actually wasn't that expensive for what you could take away from it. well done to all concerned, so relieved we did this and didn't just walk away after seeing round the shop.

Visited July 2013
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AnnaAbernethy, Manager at The Weta Cave, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
HI there,

Thanks for your feedback, great to hear such wonderful feedback on our guides, we look forward to seeing you again soon
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Happiest place on Earth”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is genuinely one of the coolest places you will ever go. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings or any other Peter Jackson/Weta Digital collaboration, this is a must visit.
Definitely book yourself in for the tour as well. Very cheap and very worthwhile.
Forget DisneyLand. This is the happiest place on Earth

Visited July 2013
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AnnaAbernethy, Manager at The Weta Cave, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thanks for your feedback, great to hear that you enjoyed your tour
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Breda, The Netherlands
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“Mixed feelings”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Well, of course the props were awesome but the staff was so incredibly rude that it made the whole experience unenjoyable. Also, if you think you might buy some souvenirs here: forget it! I think the cheapest thing was a $15 magnet. Also, make sure to arrive exactly at the tour departure time because if you are even a few seconds late they will make you wait around for 30 mins in the gift store for the next tour... for NO reason. Can you tell I'm still a bit bitter?

Visited June 2013
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AnnaAbernethy, Manager at The Weta Cave, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Hi there,

Thanks for your feedback, I will pass it on to the team.
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