Totally free & 100% fun. Spark your fandom with collectible reveals, deals, hands on FX workshops and a chance to meet some of the makers behind the cool stuff at Wētā Workshop - including Richard Taylor himself.

Adding to the entertainment, and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Lord of The Rings, Wētā Workshop are hosting a very special live panel and Q&A; Join Richard Taylor, Daniel Falconer and a cohort of Wētā Workshop artists as they discuss the concepts, costumes and weaponry that helped bring Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life on the big screen.

Join Wētā Workshop for:

  • Live collectible reveals at 9:00am
  • Artist demonstrations and chats from 10:00am
  • Hands-on FX workshops from 11:00am
  • Open tabletop gaming sessions from 9:30am - 11:30am, Saturday and Sunday
  • Deals on your favourite figurines and more
  • A panel and Q&A, celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Lord of The Rings

Live collectible reveals | 9:00am each day

Head to the Wētā Cave at Unleashed, where the crew will reveal never-before-seen statues, figurines, and prop replicas; it’s your chance to see the collectibles magic up close, and be among the first to place a pre-order.


Artist demonstrations | 10:00am each day

Get a glimpse behind the curtains and chat to the crew as their team of artists showcases their skillsets in sword making, textile design, painting, sculpting and more.


Scars & scrapes FX | 11:00am each day

Create a backstory for your ‘wound’ and experience the feeling of wearing a prosthetic. Wētā will be hosting free ‘scars and scrapes’ sessions in the Wētā Cave at Unleashed – fun for kids and adults alike!


Grab a bargain | All day, every day

Come into the store or visit them online at for deals on your favourite figurines, statues, prop replicas and merch.


Tabletop gaming sessions | 9:30am - 1.30pm, Saturday & Sunday

Bring your favourite game to play, or pick from the Wētā Workshop games available at their open tabletop game sessions. There will be six to eight tables available, so make sure you arrive nice and early.

Weta Unleashed

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Tours & workshops | Book online

Leave the weekend bursting at the seams with creativity and book a combo deal (including a creative workshop and a tour). For the Collectibles Unleashed weekend only, a Wētā Workshop technician will join in on the creative workshop with you!


The Lord of The Rings: 20th Anniversary Panel | 23 July 5pm

Wētā Workshop Creative Director Sir Richard Taylor, and Senior Art Director Daniel Falconer reminisce about their many years of concepting and creating authentic Middle-Earth artifacts for Peter Jackson's Academy Award Winning Trilogy.

Click here to register your interest to attend this free one-hour panel, complete with a Q&A session at the end.

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 03 July 2022