From your hotel or i-Site, we will make our way up to the Mount Victoria Lookout to see spectacular views of Wellington’s city and harbour. Have your cameras ready!
On the way we drive up Courtenay Place, past the Embassy Picture Theatre which held two world premieres; The last LOTR installment The Return of the King (2003), and the first Hobbit movie An Unexpected Journey (2012).
From the Lookout, we make our way down Mount Victoria to the Hobbiton Woods where the filming of his epic trilogy began. This is the home of the Shortcut to Mushrooms scene; Sam & Frodo’s Second Breakfast; the location where the Hobbits hid from the Black Rider (“Get off the road!”); the Race to the Buckleberry Ferry scene; and King Théoden’s Dunharrow Encampment.
Now we are off to the Weta Workshop in Miramar. Here you watch a short behind-the-scenes documentary that details the history of the Weta Workshop company, followed by an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour where you see how props plus weaponry are made and probably meet artists at work making props.(*)
At the Weta Cave you will be given the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and have photos with Gollum, Lurtz the Uruk-hai, Bilbo’s three Trolls, and characters from other movies that Weta has been involved in. We will arrange for you to act and pose (photoshoot) with the trolls and other props. This is fun and enjoyed by everyone.
The tour concludes with a drive around the bays where you will enjoy the delights of a ‘Rivendell Ripple’ to cap off your memorable tour.
(*) Subject to Weta Workshop’s format. Weta Workshop may change details without notice but will be approximately the same as described here.