weta workshop

Wellington

Oh, Wellington.. This place reminds me of being back home, it has a dock, a city, it can be nice and peaceful walking around but also has some civilisation which I like having the option! (As I found that Queenstown was so nice, but it was always busy with backpackers everywhere!).
I was initially going to stay in Wellington for another 2 months to get a job, but then I thought that it was a bit pointless by the time I actually GET a job. I wouldn’t end up earning much, so I have left back to Auckland, ready to move onto Fiji and LA.
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Anyway, back onto Wellington..
I spent most of my time here in Starbucks, chilling out, looking for jobs and trying not to spend any more money! But they have a great range of free things to do, like the Te Papa Museum which is so incredible – especially the Gallipoli Exhibition by Weta Workshop! The exhibition was mindblowingly, great!
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Not to forget the fact that Wellington has it’s own Welsh Bar, I know, that’s right.. A Welsh Bar.
I have never seen one (apart from in Wales, of course..) but never in a different country, it’s always Irish. So I was pretty amazed, there also seemed to be a lot of Welsh people living around that area, as I would see a lot of Welsh flags outside houses..

Wellington also is the home of the All Blacks, at the Westpac Stadium! This is where I went to Comic-Con which was really cheap compared to others, but also not too big, not too small! Great fun for a day out!
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LINKS:
Te Papa Museum
Westpac Stadium

Weta Workshop was incredible!

OH MY. I went to Weta Cave & Workshop on Monday and it blew my mind!
Weta Workshop (in Wellington, NZ) are the incredibly talented people that created most of the props for films such as Lord Of The Rings, Avatar, King Kong, Tintin..
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We got to have a tour around the workshop and see how they make these amazing props, and they showed us the materials that most of them were made out of which was surprising! Most of them are made out of just plastic or foam! Even Sauron’s armour was made out of a rubbery substance, so they had to look very carefully whilst editing to make sure that this wasn’t visible! It was to make production run much smoother, when they were filming for 10-15 hours a day. Nobody wants to be in very, very heavy armour for that amount of time!
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These photos are from Weta Cave (which is the shop) as we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the workshop (probably for confidentiality reasons) but the shop props were still incredible too! And, for purchase!IMG_1475

Here are a few links to Weta Workshop, to see for yourself!
Home Site (where you can purchase some of their designs).
Weta Workshop website (where you can see a more in-depth description and photos).
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