The Weta Cave
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Unlikely Art: A Face That Made NZ Famous
Many of the beautiful countryside scenes in the film “Lord of the Rings” were shot in the green hills of New Zealand. It is home to Hobbiton, Mount Doom, and the jeweler who made the “one ring to rule them all.” Whether you’re a complete freak fan, or just someone who enjoyed the movies, a visit to the Weta Cave is a great experience. The Weta Workshop is where they designed and conceptualized many of the characters for LOTR. You can see some of the character models such as this one, in the Weta Cave which sits just in front of the workshop. While you can’t go into the actual workshop, you can watch videos about the making of the films and take an audio-visual tour of the studios. The Cave also has many of the props and other movie memorabilia on display. You can see what projects they’re working on next and learn about the other films and characters they’ve created. It’s a really fun way to spend a couple hours in the afternoon. The Weta Cave is about a 20 minute drive from Wellington in an area known as Miramar. You can get directions from any of the information centers in Wellington.
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