Weta welcomes Stray to Wellywood

This following is a special report from our Boss of Buses Jimmy, aka “Spoon.”

I’ve got to say I was pretty excited to get an invite from Weta Workshop to meet up and bounce around some new tour ideas for Stray. I jumped straight on a plane and headed down to New Zealand’s capital of Wellington to check it out.

My guide for the day was Jake, the head honcho of tourism for Weta. You know you are in for something special when you need to sign a disclaimer before getting access to the super-secret behind the scenes area where Weta’s innermost secrets are kept. Aside from this very public blog, I can never again speak of the weird and wonderful things I saw for fear of being hunted down by a pack of feral Uruk-hai.

Weta's Uruk-hai bouncers - not to be messed with
Weta’s Uruk-hai bouncers – not to be messed with

I must admit I was a little star struck when we bumped into Sir Richard Taylor, the creative Director and founder of Weta. This guy is big deal in the global film industry, yet regardless of his fame factor he was such a great down to earth guy who I instantly felt comfortable talking to. I even got the opportunity to hold one of their many Oscars, which was just a fish in the ocean amongst their vast awards cabinet.

Sir Richard Taylor – seems like our kind of guy

Jake showed me around the amazing new space that had been built specifically for this brand new Stray exclusive activity and I got the chance to experience it for myself.

The best was yet to come. From here Jake gave me the grand tour of an amazing new space that has been specifically built for a brand new Stray exclusive activity, “Hands on with Weta.”

This incredible experience involves a unique look at the various departments that make up the world famous Weta Workshop. The group will first take a tour, where a Weta technician will tell the story of how they make the props and costumes for films such as District 9, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, King Kong and many more. Guests will also have the opportunity to see actual props and costumes from these films.

The guide then becomes the group’s blood making teacher for a hands on workshop in the art of making fake blood. Although phones and cameras must be switched off during the tour itself, photos are allowed to be taken during the blood class and there will be an opportunity to hold and take photos with replica prop weapons.


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