Weta Workshop, Auckland
It’s not often you get an opportunity to go backstage on a movie set. While Weta Workshop Unleashed isn’t giving you access to a live film, per se, it’s close enough. This immersive experience places visitors smack-bang in the middle of a movie scene as if it’s being shot right now. It’s a creative endeavour from the special effect geniuses that contributed to the Lord of the Rings franchise.
Based on three movie concepts, you’re guided through everything Weta does to produce special effects for fantasy, sci-fi, and horror movies. It’s a great day out for all ages.
While you’re here, visit Auckland Museum, Rangitoto Island, and Kelly Tarltons Aquarium.
Head to Middle Earth, otherwise known as Matamata, home of Hobbiton. Visiting sights from the Lord of the Rings movies is a New Zealand tourism rite of passage, with ‘The Shire’ being the most famous location of them all.
The iconic pint-sized Hobbit holes are still in situ across the undulating farmland where this iconic Kiwi movie was made. During your guided tour, you’ll learn all the spell-binding Hobbiton tales and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill, and the Party Tree. Hobbiton offers a quaint, picture-perfect attraction to wow the family.
While you’re here, visit Rotorua, Raglan, and the Blue Springs.