This was one of the sightseeing events on our recent Wellington visit, courtesy of Te Papa.
I cannot recommend this enough. Even if the LOTR trilogy was the last thing you would possibly drag yourself along to the local Blockbuster to rent, seeing the intricate detail and effort that went into making these films is worth every penny of the entry fee.
As a LOTR fan, both book and films, who owns and has actually watched ALL the extended edition DVDs – including the documentary bits, this was great fun.
I just about choked on how much money someone must be making from the limited edition replica "Sauron gauntlet with One Ring" ornaments on sale, but boy are they and the replica swords the most amazing 'tourist purchases' I've ever seen on offer at an exhibition.
If you are able to get to it, visit Te Papa and take a look at the amazing craftsmanship and detail on each and every piece of clothing, prop, miniature and armoury item.
And enjoy the galleries of conceptual art that influenced the feeling and look of the movies. Much of which would not look out of place on your own walls at home.
And if you are feeling like playing the hobbit, spend the $5 on the forced perspective photograph. It's simple but very cute – just ask the kids who got to be bigger than their Dad !
It really is a piece of important film history in our own country. Enjoy it !