Wellington is home to a hub of world-class production and special effects facilities, as well as a number of talented filmmakers.
Film capital of New Zealand
Miramar, a seaside suburb of Wellington, is home to a neighbourhood of world-class movie-making talent and technologies.
The dual companies of Wētā Workshop and Wētā Digital have helped create some of the world’s most creative and cutting-edge films and television series with leading international film studios. Legendary Hollywood director James Cameron chose Wellington to make the Oscar-winning film Avatar because he was determined to make a “ground-breaking” movie. Other Hollywood blockbusters Wētā have worked on include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Avengers, and Ghost in the Shell.
Park Road Production
A premier post-production facility created by filmmakers for filmmakers, Park Road is home to a huge number of resources to help filmmakers concentrate on the creative process. Only taking on a few projects every year, Park Road has worked on blockbusters like The Adventures of Tintin, District 9, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Last Samurai.
Stone Street Studios
Offering a range of production facilities including two massive purpose-built sound stages, a wet stage and four adapter warehouse stages, Stone Street Studios is another world-class resource for filmmakers.
“Wellywood”, as Wellington is affectionately known, offers a number of ways for visitors to experience the city’s film industry.
Expert tour operators such as Wellington Movie Tours will take you to specific filming locations, showing and explaining what scenes were filmed there – you might even find yourself guided by an extra from one of the films! Many of these tours will visit the Wētā Cave, a mini-museum featuring movie props, collectables, artwork and behind-the scenes footage.
Activities for movie-buffs in Wellington
Wētā Studio Tours - Your gateway to immersive filmmaking experiences in Wellington, New Zealand. Explore 20 years of creativity with the Wētā Studio Tour(opens in new window) and Miniature Effects Tour(opens in new window): Thunderbirds Are Go, both packed full of props, weapons, models and costumes from film and television. Wētā Studio Tours is also home to the famous Wētā Cave shop where you can browse incredible collectibles and see an exclusive, free behind-the-scenes documentary. Click here(opens in new window) for a taste of what you can expect at Wētā Studio Tours!
Embassy Theatre - This historic theatre was built in 1926 and hosted the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Check out the name plates with the actors and characters’ names by the leather seats.
Roxy Cinema - Owned by Wētā co-founders Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk, the beautifully revamped Roxy Cinema combines the style of the Art Deco era with the modern technology of 21st century cinema watching. Enjoy delicious local cuisine at the cinema’s restaurant, CoCo at the Roxy, and the stunning Wētā Workshop artwork that features throughout the building.
Mount Victoria - The very first day of shooting for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy took place on Mount Victoria’s city belt, where the Hobbiton Woods was filmed. Mount Victoria also has fantastic views of Wellington City and harbour.