Lord of the Rings Locations & the Weta Cave

  • Port

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3½ hours

  • Meals Included


Join a Lord of the Rings expert guide to learn how the magic of the rings was created and visit locations featured in the film trilogy. Begin with an overview of Wellington -- New Zealand's creative capital and the southernmost capital city in the world. Wellington's best look-out is atop Mt Victoria, offering 360° views of the city and its keyhole harbor.

Then, drive to where the filming of The Lord of the Rings first started. Take a gentle stroll through the picturesque forest of the Outer Shire, where Frodo and the Hobbits began their journey. Many scenes were filmed here, including the 'Race to the Ferry' and the famous 'Get off the Road' scene. Your guide shares information about how the films were made right in the heart of Wellington City (the movie sets are no longer in place -- these are locations only).

Traveling to Miramar, you'll have the exclusive opportunity to visit Weta Studios: The Weta Workshop. This experience offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the magic of Weta, the creativity of Peter Jackson and his crew, and the many films they have worked on. Visitors gain an insight into the movies for which Weta is best known as well as the innovative thinking that goes on within the walls of this custom-built facility. The story of the creative process is told and you are guided by a member of the talented Weta Workshop crew from the workshop floor, using the authentic props, models and weapons they have made for various movies. Some of the secrets behind the movie magic are quite fascinating.

Video clips and descriptive boards describe the process used for different disciplines, such as Armour & Costumes, Weapons & Props, Creatures & Make-Up FX, Miniatures & Models, Conceptual Art, and Merchandise. The exhibition space also reveals the history of Weta Workshop and what they have been involved in over the past 20 years. Enjoy a private screening of a 25-minute behind-the-scenes movie that tells the story and history of the film industry in Wellington and features interviews with Weta Workshop co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.

Return to the cruise terminal via Evans Bay and Oriental Bay for stunning views of Wellington City and Harbour.


Due to legal and conservationi requirements, no film sets remain on location. Photography is not allowed inside the Weta Workshop facility.