Review | Wētā Workshop Unleashed

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The global award-winning movie-making tour, Wētā Workshop Unleashed, has landed in Auckland. We asked Kellee and her family to visit and see what it’s all about. Come along with us as they unleash on a journey through the wacky world of movie-making!

At Wētā Workshop Unleashed, you can explore interactive and immersive make-believe film sets, focusing on the worlds of horror, fantasy and sci-fi. It’s your chance to get up close and hands-on with enchanting environments, resident creatures, one hyper-realistic giant, a galactic robot, and much more.

The reviewers

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Meet Kellee, her partner and her two children aged 14 and 5. They travelled up from Hamilton on a Sunday to visit Wētā Workshop Unleashed – and fair to say, they were pretty excited to do so!

Check out their review.

A 90-minute movie-making tour

We were lucky enough to be able to go on the 90-minute movie-making tour at Wētā Workshop Unleashed which is located in the heart of Auckland inside SkyCity.

Wētā Workshop Unleashed is in a great easy-to-find location with easy parking available in the SkyCity parking building, which can be validated at the gift hub after your tour.

First up, we had a browse of the gift shop which itself was so interesting with hobbit statues and a few superheroes too, then we met Matt, our tour guide, and off we went.

As you first walk in you are asked to pose for a photo and our tour guide gave us a card with a QR code. Keep it safe as this gives you 3 different photos of yourself in the actual movie posters to download which is awesome and it’s all included in your entry fee. You also have the option to purchase the physical copies printed out at the gift hub too.

There are three parts to the tour – Horror, Fantasy and Sci-fi.

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Part 1 – Horror

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Part 2 – Fantasy

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Part 3 – Sci-Fi

The Horror area features Animatronics and Prosthetics departments working on the horror film Fauna.

In the Fantasy part, you visit an Artist’s shed where the beautiful and clever fantasy world in the epic movie Age of the Ever-Clan was dreamt up.

In the Sci-fi area, you go into a film set of the science-fiction adventure movie Origins and you’re treated to an amazing light display accompanied by a soundtrack and the appearance of a gigantic robot and epic spaceship!

Their thoughts

Each different area we entered was a new world of wonder from tiny villages to spaceships. It was amazing to see real movie props and seeing what happens behind the scenes and how they are made.

This tour is not only informative but interactive with awesome activities for kids and adults to do along the way, like using levers to actually move creatures and hearing what your monster scream sounds like!

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With the awesome tour guide Matt

Our tour guide Matt was just fabulous and truly made the experience. The kids had so many laughs and he really interacted with everyone on our tour. We had some hilarious moments, a few frights, and learnt so much along the way too! We had an amazing time and this was the best family activity we have done in a long time!

This is one activity in Auckland that I highly recommend everyone to do. We had a magical time and it sparked creativity in the kids and also us adults too.

For the older kids and adults, you can enter into the slaughterhouse [in the Horror area] which was awesome. For the faint of heart, you can bypass it so myself and Mr 5 headed into the lovely fairy village instead and waited for the rest of the party.

Mr 5 is really into scary stuff and monsters etc but there is an element of horror in that part of the tour so may not be appropriate for younger children or ones who are nervous of monsters and blood. But don’t let that put you off as that’s only one small part of the tour and you can easily bypass that.

The details

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Personalised Fauna Movie Poster

Wētā Workshop Unleashed is located on level 5 at 88 Federal St, Auckland (opposite the Sky Tower) and is just a quick 10 minute walk from Britomart. Parking is available at SkyCity Main Site – check at Wētā Cave because you might be eligible for parking validation which will give you a discount on the parking cost.

And don’t forget to get your own special movie poster memorabilia.

Book online now and you can save up to 15% on a Family Pass!


Reviewers were provided with family pass to Wētā Workshop Unleashed for the purposes of the review. Views are those of the reviewers.

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