Weta Cave Celebrates 10th Anniversary
On Sunday, Weta Workshop’s world-famous tourism hub, retail store, and mini museum opened its doors to celebrate ten years in business – heralded by the proverbial popping of corks and the very real munching of cake.
Included in the celebrations: appearances from friends and crew of Weta over the years, including Middle-earth calligraphy and signings by senior Weta Workshop artists Daniel Reeve and Daniel Falconer; meticulous metal-work by assistant swordsmith Christopher Menges; and the main event: the cutting of the 10th Anniversary cake by Weta co-founders Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger.
There was plenty to celebrate. Born out of Richard and Tania’s desire to give the carloads of curious Lord of the Rings fans a peek at Weta’s work, the Weta Cave opened its doors in 2008 to footpath-clogging fanfare, quickly becoming an iconic Wellington tourism destination and a fixture of the blossoming Miramar film precinct. In 2012, Weta Studio Tours was born, launching with the flagship Weta Cave Workshop Tour and rapidly expanding its stable of offerings to include Chinese language tours, bespoke events, high-end personal tours, and the Miniatures Stage Tour – showcasing the incredible Weta Workshop-built sets from the hit show Thunderbirds Are Go.
The response from the local and international community has been incredible. The Weta Cave now greets more than 150,000 people through its tours each year, with many more stepping through its doors to check out the Cave’s Weta-crafted retail range; browse the mini museum packed full of artefacts from the movies; and take a seat for a short documentary about the origins of Weta’s movie magic – free to the public. On hand to share the Workshop’s story with the thousands of fans each year: an enthusiastic staff of 35, many of whom celebrated with visitors on Sunday. To cap the event, Richard and Tania sealed a special Weta Cave time capsule for posterity.
From the many locals who popped in, to the cosplayers, international tourists, and the curious, Richard and Tania thank all who attended and made the day so incredibly special. Here's to the next ten years!
10th Anniversary Competition - Answers Revealed
Those hungry for more than just a slice of Weta cake, had something else to look forward to. For a shot at winning a special one-of-a-kind Weta Collecta box full of rare Weta goodies, entrants were invited to walk down memory lane with the Workshop crew. Those who answered all ten of our brain busting questions correctly (or got 10 points overall) went into the draw to win.
We had an overwhelming number of entries! But in the end, there can only be two winners. A huge congratulations to Luke Martin and Sharon Whittaker, our deserving recipients! Luke won the online portion, and Sharon took home the in-store prize. Thanks so much to all who entered - we hope you had fun!
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