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Movie magic in Wellington

Head to Wellington for a visit to the city’s iconic Weta Cave, a mini-museum full of props and trinkets from Peter Jackson’s films.

Weta Cave, Wellington

Film-making is such an ingrained part of Wellington's culture, thanks to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, amongst others that have been filmed in the city.

If you want to get a true taste of the city, you need to experience some of this movie magic for yourself. One of the best ways to do this is with a visit to the Weta Cave.

This is a mini-museum, which provides an insight into the history and work of the Weta Workshop, the team responsible for the props, costumes and many other aspects of Peter Jackson's films.

Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the key figures of Weta, such as Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor.

Then there are the collections of costumes, props and memorabilia from various films. If you're a big fan, you might want to purchase your own painting, sculpture, book, DVD – or even a replica of the One Ring itself!

For an even more in-depth look into the workings of Weta, take the 'Window into Workshop' tour. This delves into the operational Weta Workshop itself, where you can see the machines and processes that go into making props, costumes and general arts and crafts for film. If you've seen movies like District 9, King Kong, and Lord of the Rings, you'll definitely recognise some of the figures featured in the films on show throughout the workshop.

Your tour guide will be somebody who works in the workshop, so you have the chance to ask any burning questions you have about how these artists bring the films to life.

Those interested in culture holidays imply shouldn't miss this huge feature of Wellington's heritage. It's just a 20 minute drive from central Wellington in the suburb of Miramar, at the corner of Camperdown Road and Weka Street. It's open seven days a week from 9 am until 5.30 pm, offering you plenty of chances to visit this iconic destination.