Thursday, November 17, 2011

WETA Cave, Botanical Gardens and Cable Car Museum

 In Miramar located outside Wellington is a place called WETA Cave.  According to the internet WETA is the multi Academy Award Winning company whose artists and craftsmen helped bring The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District 9, King Kong and the Chronicles of Narnia to life.  The facility is over 100,000 square feet.

 We didn't see where they actually work but they have props that we saw from the different movies and also a movie about the process of making a film.  Avatar took about 7 years to make.  We have two men from our ward that came from Utah to work in the animation department for WETA.

 This is a playground located in the middle of the Botanical Gardens.  It has slides and also a zip line.
 At the top of the Botanical Gardens they have a red cable car that takes people down to Lambton Quay in the center of town.  There is also at the top of the gardens a Cable Car Museum.

 Wellington Botanical Gardens is located in the hills just west of us.  A pamphlet that we picked up says that the Garden was established in 1868 and is managed by the New Zealand Institute.  The Garden today covers 25 hectares and is a unique landscape of protected native forest, exotic trees including conifer plantings, plant collections and stunning and seasonal floral bedding displays.

October 29, 2011

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