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“Too busy, too small!”
Review of The Weta Cave

The Weta Cave
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Weta Cave Workshop 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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“Too busy, too small!”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Unfortunately we picked a really bad time to visit the Weta Cave. I'm sure under different circumstances it might have been better. However we went just after Christmas, on a rainy day, when not much else was open. And it was horrendously packed, to the point you could barely get in the door. With so many people you could barely move, let alone get to the glass cabinets to see anything. There was only one staff member on the desk. If you wanted to stay and watch the documentary you had to wait inside the display area, which only added to the already over crowded area. The museum area was also quite disappointing and really small! To make things worse for us we also had a small pushchair and people just kept trying to push it away or even walk over it!

All in all a very poor experience. You would think that with the size of the building that they have, that they could have opened up the front area a little more, to make a more enjoyable viewing area for visitors. Even free it wasn't worth the drive out.

Visited December 2013
Thank KirstyR_NZ
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“Not as spectacular as you'd hope”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

The Weta Cave is very average, but the Window Into Workshop tour is a bit better. You are taken around by one of the artists who works there, and have the chance to meet people as they work. You get to see some very neat artifacts from the wide array of movies Weta has worked on, and learn about the amazing people and techniques they use to make them. The tour is a bit rushed though, especially because there are information plaques AND a guide, but you don't have time to read or hear it all. A really interesting place, but really needs to put more effort into the tourism side of things.

Visited December 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Small and can be avoided”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Cave is probably wrong name given to the place. It has 2 rooms given ambience of cave and have Lord of rings sculptures on display. The visit is free and can also watch the video. The workshop is payable.

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting, but too small and too crowded.”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Given the immense interest in Peter Jackson's movies, and the relative lack of indoor tourist attractions in Wellington, don't be surprised to find this little gift shop at the Weta studios absolutely crowded with fans - particularly if you visit at the same time as one of the Wellington movie tour bus groups. It really is a pity that the Weta Cave isn't twice the size it is. It is popular enough to warrant it.
The Weta Cave is really just the gift shop for Weta. It is small - a couple of rooms only, but it is packed with lots of cool memorabilia from movies that both Peter Jackson and Weta have worked on, ranging from early movies such as Braindead, Meet the Feebles, and Bad Taste, through to movies such as the LOTR trilogy, The Hobbit, Avatar, King Kong, Devil's Rock, District 9, Wind in the Willows, the WotWots and more. Among the cabinets of display memorabilia and items for sale for sale, weapons, books, models etc, are a few large props good for photo opportunities (Gollum, Stone Trolls, the orc Lurtz, etc.)
There is also a very small and well decorated theaterette that shows a 25 minute movie of Weta behind the scenes. Unfortunately the theaterette only seats about 20, and if there is a tour group visiting, you will be very lucky to get a seat.
The Weta Cave is free to visit however - although short backstage tours of parts of the Weta facility are also available.

Visited December 2013
Thank Brett M
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“Pretty much just a souvenir shop”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Not sure what the appeal of the Weta Cave is. It just seems to be a place to buy LOTR souvenirs and watch a short video. Not really worth the drive out.

Visited September 2013
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