Fodor's Expert Review Weta Cave & Workshop
In Weta Cave, you get a fascinating "behind the scenes look" at a compact but comprehensive display detailing the characters and equipment used in special effects for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, and other Academy Award–winning films. A wonderfully furnished theater shows continuous clips from them; and memorabilia (think models, limited-edition sculptures, books, posters, and T-shirts) are sold at the on-site shop. Standing alongside the Cave, the Workshop has a larger display of props and costumes; you might even see Weta artists and technicians at work. Daily tours run half hourly from 9:30 to 5; an extended version, departing four times a day from Wellington's i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, takes in filming locations along the way.