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Weta Cave

Weta Cave

Weta Cave

Weta Cave (1 Weka St, Miramar, Wellington 6022) – here, one can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Weta Workshop and the impressive work created within, on a guided Weta Cave Workshop Tour. Visitors will see some of the props and models they’ve created over the years and learn about the processes they use to make the cool stuff used in Hollywood films!

 

In the Weta Cave, visitors will gain an exclusive insight into the creativity and imagination that goes into crafting the art of Weta. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of Weta including interviews with Weta co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.

 

Come face to face with some of the characters, props and displays from your favourite movies in their mini-museum, and read the stories of how they were brought to life and learn about the artists who created them. Along with the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” series, Hollywood films that have gotten special effects work at Weta include “Avatar”, “District 9”, “Elysium”, “Chronicles of Narnia”, “Godzilla”, “Van Helsing”, “Adventures of Tintin”, “Amazing Spiderman 2”, “Man of Steel (Superman)”, and many others.

 

Tour times: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm (each tour is 2 ½ hours long). Admission: $65 (adult), $40 (children ages 6-12). Visitors are strongly advised to book such tours weeks, of not months in advance – especiall between October and April. Such bookings can be conducted through their website: http://wetaworkshop.com


Wellywood

Wellywood

Wellywood

Wellywood — Sometimes dubbed ‘Wellywood’, the regional city of Wellington (located 7 hours south of Auckland via car) is home to a flourishing handful of movie-making facilities, most of them associated with “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson. These include model and special-effects studios Weta Workshop and Weta Digital (which won an Oscar for best visual effects on the box office hit “Avatar”). The Weta Cave is a museum and shop featuring Jackson’s work. A number of film-related facilities can be found in the Wellington suburb of Miramar. The film industry brings in an estimated $285 million into Wellington.


Waiuku Golf & Squash Club

Waiuku Golf & Squash Club

Waiuku Golf & Squash Club

Waiuku Golf & Squash Club (1 Racecourse Road, Waiuku 2123) – this golf course is only 50 minutes south of Auckland, and is open all year round, seven days a week to all visitors. It has a challenging golf course for all levels of play. Twilight golf is played during the Summer, and the Mid Week Open (played every 2nd Thursday of the month) is in full swing and well-supported. Contact the course at: +64 (09) 235 9489. Email: waiukugolf@xtra.co.nz

Waitomo and Rotorua Geothermal Deluxe Day Tour

Waitomo and Rotorua Geothermal Deluxe Day Tour

Waitomo and Rotorua Geothermal Deluxe Day Tour

Waitomo and Rotorua Geothermal Deluxe Day Tour – travel (via 5-star coach provided by Gray Line) through Waikato, New Zealand’s largest dairy and sheep farming province before arriving at Waitomo. Here take a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation and glow worm cavern. Experience the magic of drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny, sparkling glow worm lights.

 

 

Then travel to Rotorua- Rich in Maori culture and geothermal activity. Enjoy a farm tour at the Agrodome- hand feed the Sheep! Watch a Maori cultural performance, consisting of song and dance at Te Puia Then experience Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Crafts Centre. See the famous Pohutu Geyser and boiling mud pools.

See the Gray Line website for details (including pricing): www.graylinetours.co.nz/tours/waitomo-and-rotorua/waitomo-and-rotorua-deluxe-day-tour/

The Civic

The Civic

The Civic

The Civic (Corner Queen Street & Wellesley Street, Auckland) — The Civic, one of the few remaining Atmospheric Theatres in the world, was built in 1929 and specifically designed as a ‘movie palace’ for talking pictures (‘talkies’), which had just been introduced to New Zealand. The first purpose-built cinema of this type in the country, The Civic (which seats 2,378 spectators) has become a much-loved Auckland landmark and entertainment venue.

 

Alongside recent touring musicals Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Wicked and Annie, The Civic has hosted leading international singers and entertainers such as Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Elaine Page, Katie Melua, The Seekers, UB40, Counting Crows, City and Colour Marcel Marceau, Eric Idle, Hugh Laurie, David Sedaris as well as hosting the annual NZ International Film Festival. Check the Auckland Live website for info on tickets for upcoming events: http://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/buyingtickets.aspx

Tamaki Hikoi / Maori Guided Walks of Auckland

Tamaki Hikoi / Maori Guided Walks of Auckland

Tamaki Hikoi / Maori Guided Walks of Auckland

Tamaki Hikoi / Maori Guided Walks of Auckland — For hundreds of years, Māori of the local Ngāti Whātua tribe have passed down, from generation to generation, tribal history and traditions. Guides from Ngāti Whātua re-tell these ancient stories on the Tāmaki Hīkoi walking tours in Tāmaki (Auckland). Experience the cultural heart of Auckland. During these journeys you will explore Māori culture and heritage and learn why Tāmaki was so fiercely contested, how the tribe co-existed with the land, and the impact of colonization on indigenous people.

Three different tours are provided. Please check the Tamaki website for rates for each of them: www.tamakihikoi.co.nz

Surf Highway 45

Surf Highway 45

Surf Highway 45

Surf Highway 45 (Taranaki coastline – North Island) – Dubbed Surf Highway 45, the coastal road between Hāwera and New Plymouth (located five hours south of Auckland via car) is famed for its surf breaks, which include Stent Road, Spot X and the Kūmara Patch. Taranaki locals have ridden the waves since the 1950s, and some became international champions. The region has also produced a number of surfboard designers.

Soljans Estate Winery & Café

Soljans Estate Winery & Café

Soljans Estate Winery & Café

Soljans Estate Winery & Café (366 State Highway 16, Kumeu, Auckland) — Soljan’s stunning winery is located at the gateway to Kumeu Wine Country – Auckland’s Heritage Wine Region. Only 20 minutes from Auckland CBD, you’ll feel a million miles away at this delightful estate. The fresh, modern and spacious winery offers visitors the opportunity to experience award-winning wines at the cellar door then enjoy exceptional New Zealand cuisine in the highly acclaimed winery cafe.

 

At the cellar door, experienced and friendly staff will guide you through the wines made from the vineyard areas of New Zealand best suited to each varietal. Open 7 days per week, the cafe offers creative and affordable modern New Zealand cuisine. For more information contact the winery or visit the website www.soljans.co.nz

Sky Tower

Sky Tower

Sky Tower

Sky Tower (Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland Central, Auckland) – this hard-to-miss structure is located in the heart of Auckland. Not only can you experience 360 degree spectacular views for up to 80 km. from the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, you can walk around the pergola at SkyWalk or take a controlled free-fall to ground level at SkyJump.

 

Make sure you allow time to experience one of the 20 restaurants, cafes and bars with many well-known New Zealand chefs serving fresh seasonal and local produce. If having a flutter at the Casino (R20) is more your thing, you’ll find over 100 Table Games and 1,600 Gaming Machines, plus entertainment to keep you occupied.

 

Hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm daily (May to September), 8:30 am – 10:30 pm (Sun. – Thurs./October to April), 8:30 am – 11:30 pm (Fri. & Sat./October to April). Admission: $28 (adult), $11 (children ages 6-14 years), $61 (family/2 adults & 2 children). Children under 6 years enter free.

Q Theatre

Q Theatre

Q Theatre

Q Theatre (305 Queen Street, Auckland 1010) – this theater (which hold Broadway-like shows and theater productions, operas and other musical performances) is located in Auckland’s Queen Street and includes Rangitira – a 450 seat flexible format space, the Loft – a 120 seat flat floor space overlooking Queen Street, rehearsal space and large entry lobby with a bar and cafe.

Rangitira, the main auditorium, and its associated load in and back of house facilities occupy a new purpose built building while the public entry, cafe and bar and the Loft performance space occupy a strengthened and reworked 1920’s ‘No Deposit Piano Building”. See its website for upcoming shows: www.qtheatre.co.nz


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