The Weta Cave Opens to Fans and Visitors
June 18, 2008

On Friday 6 June 2008 at 11am, Weta opened the doors to the hotly anticipated Weta Cave in Miramar, Wellington.

 For the very first time, an area of Wellington’s visual effects facility will be opened up to fans and visitors.

 “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to do this”, says Weta creative director and co-owner Richard Taylor. “Tania and I have had this dream for years and we are incredibly pleased that we’ve managed to realize it.”

 “We know a lot of people have wanted to see what we’re all about!”, Richard continues. “It’s one thing to see it on the big screen, but this way we can give Wellingtonians and visitors a much closer view of Weta.”

 The Weta Cave is of course no ordinary shop. Apart from being designed in typically fun and artistic Weta fashion, it’s actually three experiences in one: A mini museum, a theatre and a shop.

 Visitors will be given a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at Weta via a brand new and unique 20-minute film which will be shown in the Weta Cave screening room. It features interviews with Weta co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk and gives you exclusive insight into the creativity and imagination that goes into crafting the art of Weta.

 You will come face to face with some of the characters, props and displays selected from the more than 20 years Weta has been serving the local and international movie industry. Read the stories of how they were brought to life, and about the artists who created them.

And finally, so that you don’t have to leave the Weta Cave empty-handed, the shop features a wide range of movie related merchandise and memorabilia:


·         Premium, limited edition sculptures, hand-crafted by the artists at Weta

·         All new, unique Weta designed clothing, jewelery and mementoes

·         Doctor Grordbort’s range of amazing Rayguns – a Weta original

·         Books, DVDs, magazines, posters and art from the world of movies

·         PLUS, a superb selection of pop culture collectibles and graphic novels sourced from around the world, including famous brands like Star Wars, Alien, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Halo, etc


Getting there:

Address:               Corner of Camperdown Rd and Weka St, Miramar, Wellington (see map…)

Bus:                        Route 2 towards Miramar from central Wellington. Get off at Camperdown Rd

Hours:                    Tuesday to Friday 11am – 6pm.

Saturday 10am – 4pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays

Phone:                   +64 (0)4 380 9361



Groups:                 Please call in advance to make bookings 


About Weta:

Weta is a multi Academy Award-winning company based in Wellington, New Zealand, that rose to prominence with the creation of Middle-Earth for The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Since then, the art of Weta has been seen in a number of films such as King Kong, The Last Samurai and The Chronicles of Narnia. The Weta artists also create a range of high end collectibles, with connections to movies, games and television.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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