North Island

About Wellington

Wellington is in many ways the heart of the movie fan's experience, being the home to the Weta Workshop. Named after a native New Zealand species of insect ancient enough to have seen dinosaurs come and go, Weta has been responsible for the remarkable digital and special effects, costuming and weaponry that have helped bring The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit to life. Besides being the base for Weta, Wellington is also New Zealand's capital city with a reputation as the place to go for a culture fix due to its world-class cafés, bars, restaurants, art galleries and New Zealand's National Museum, Te Papa.

The Weta group is made up of a huge number of talented artists including the Weta Cave Workshop where they are responsible for all the Special effects, Motion Capture, costuming and weaponry, its shop front, the Weta Cave and Weta Digital where the digital visual effects wizards are based, the Stone Street Studios and Park Road Post Production. During the production of The Lord of the Rings, the artists turned out thousands of items including 1200 suits of armour and 10,000 arrows among many others. When travelling with Red Carpet Tours, you'll get a taste of these props and the people who made them and their stories on our action-packed Weta Day.

Close to the centre of Wellington, on the forested slopes of Mount Victoria, are the Hobbiton Woods where the Hobbits hid from the menacing Black Rider. On tour, together we will recreate these scenes.

Check out the other The Lord of the Rings film locations:

Matamata | Rotorua | Piopio | Tongariro | Nelson | Christchurch | Twizel | Cromwell | Queenstown

Experience Middle Earth for yourself. View our The Lord of the Rings Tours.

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