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“Fantastic tour and exceptional service”
Review of Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

We did the $65 There and Back tour - our driver, Stan, was exceptional. Great knowledge and amazing service - even dropped us back at our hotel as we were the only ones in the van on the way back! The tour was fantastic and we learnt a lot.

Thank KaylaWard19
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

A good insight into what is done by Weta workshop. Very skilled people and the imagination is amazing. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed it.

Thank rachm1971
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Wasn’t what I expected, was hoping for more of an insight into how things were made and shown through more of the workshop. Saying that the tour was still pretty cool however tbh $45 each was a bit steep. Tour guide Cam ran the tour real well too!

1  Thank Jwdan Awaski S
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

There are 2 Weta workshops/caves. The one we did was in what looked like an office building (not the one with statues outside) and the other was the more obvious tourist one further along. To get the office one you need to book with the studios tours - they have their own LOTR vans. Our booking was via a cruise tour so not sure of the operator.

If you are remotely interested in special effects, props, masks, costume design, etc then you'll love it! Our guides were excellent, really enthusiastic about Weta and we learned a lot of inside stories about how the props/masks, etc were designed and how the industry began in New Zealand. Flabergasted to learn how few extras were used on LOTR... I loved it. An unexpected bonus was to be taken to where some of the early scenes were shot and the reasons behind the location - OK not flashy scenes but really interesting to hear stories from someone who was there. To get to some of the scenes involves a steepish path so some of the group opted out - it wasn't as bad as it looked though.

As I said, make sure you book the right tour and you won't be disappointed.

Thank Di B
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Interesting look at the behind the scenes work carried out by the designers and craftsmen/women who help create the wonder of the movie industry. Weta studios have played a many part in some amazing movie productions, spanning over many many years. Keeping their skills and knowledge local, they can completely outfit an actor withoit ever meeting them for sizing. Such talent. Thunderbird studio visit was awesome. A close up look at various sets and how they were made.

Thank Louise B
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