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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.