Thursday, February 22, 2024

Weta Workshop Unleashed offers behind-the-scenes look at how movie effects are made with surprises around every corner

Weta Workshop’s fantastical experience Weta Workshop Unleashed will open in Auckland next month, promising locals and visitors alike a journey through the creative process with surprises around every corner.

The new, immersive visitor attraction will be part of SkyCity’s evolving Federal Street entertainment precinct and will be open to the public starting Tuesday December 15.

Inside Weta Workshop Unleashed, fantastical worlds come to life with resident creatures, one hyper realistic giant and a galactic robot.

Weta Workshop Unleashed takes inspiration from its namesake, Weta Workshop. For over 25 years the Workshop has applied its craftsmanship to blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Avatar, Blade Runner 2049, and most recently, Mulan. This Academy Award®- winning design and physical effects facility is also an international tourist destination, producer of consumer products, and creator of immersive location-based experiences.

Weta Workshop Unleashed will complement Weta Workshop’s existing Wellington-based movie effects tours and experiences by showcasing their skills as conceptual designers and storytellers in a brand-new way.

“We are excited to be working on an Auckland-based attraction that will showcase our capabilities to even more New Zealanders and, in coming years, to international tourists,” says Weta Workshop’s Head of Tourism, Jake Downing.

Over the past four years, Weta Workshop’s location-based experience division has enjoyed steady growth and critical acclaim in the industry, most notably for their creative collaborations with Te Papa. The record-breaking Gallipoli: The scale of our war, which has exhibited in the capital since 2015, won a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement—an accolade that recognises the very best themed entertainment and design projects, worldwide.

Opening just in time for the Christmas holidays, fans can now secure tickets to Weta Workshop Unleashed at

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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