This December, in celebration of the 20th anniversary since the epic conclusion of the third and final instalment in the trilogy, "The Return of the King", Wētā Workshop Unleashed are hosting a special screening of the movie with alternative commentary from their esteemed company founders, Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger.

Wētā Workshop invites all denizens of Middle-earth to join them for a momentous gathering in their hallowed, award-winning sanctuary, for film and festivities. 

What to expect: An exclusive and unique screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in Wētā's award-winning space with alternative commentary of the film from special guests and Wētā Workshop founders, Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger.

Hear behind-the-scenes tales from the epic movie, whilst being surrounded by the fantasy worlds, miniature castles, landscapes, characters, robots, spaceships, and creatures housed in the movie-making experience. A truly unique space to watch the film. There's also a pre-movie event with themed characters, Special Effect applications, a food and drink bar, photo opportunities, and deals on Wētā Cave items for you to enjoy.

Festivities from 5.00pm. Doors open at 7.00pm-10.45pm.

Special Lord of the Rings screening at Weta
Special Lord of the Rings screening at Weta
Special Lord of the Rings screening at Weta

VIP Experience (only 52 tickets available): Exclusive Q&A with Richard and Tania | 6.00pm - 6.45pm 

Go one step further and purchase a VIP ticket to enjoy all of the above, and these additional opportunities: Experience an exclusive 45-minute question and answer with Richard and Tania, the brilliant minds who were so integral in the making of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This is an exclusive opportunity to dive deep into the enchanting world of Middle-earth and conversate over untold tales from their extraordinary journey. The cinematic legends are ready to share their most captivating stories, providing you with unprecedented insights into their work on the blockbuster franchise.

Once you've soaked up the behind-the-scenes tales and stories, you'll be treated to premium seating for the screening of "The Return of the King" movie, allowing you to watch it with an entirely new perspective.

Where to go: We will be hosting this long-expected party at Wētā Workshop Unleashed! Located on level 5 at 88 Federal St, Auckland (opposite the SkyTower).  Wētā Workshop are a quick 10-minute walk from Britomart and the Intercity Bus terminal is close by. For public transport options, please refer to the AT website.

Additional info:
It is strongly recommended to book online in advance as on-the-day availability cannot be guaranteed. This movie is rated 12 and above. Please see the cancellation policy and terms and conditions before your visit.

$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: 29 October 2023