After hotel pickup in Wellington, head to the Mount Victoria for views over Wellington and the harbor, then drive to the Green Belt, where you may recognize settings for Middle-earth scenes such as “Race to the Ferry” and “Shortcut to Mushrooms.”
Next up, take a guided tour of Weta Workshop, located in the center of Wellington’s movie industry (aka Wellywood). Explore the production facilities at the Weta Cave, where crews created the extraordinary props and makeup for LOTR and other films, including The Hobbit, District 9, and Avatar. Learn more about filmmaking here at the Windows into Workshop exhibition, and watch a short film about special effects.
Enjoy some free time in the studio’s mini-museum and souvenir shop before your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.