Wellington

New Zealand: Ghost in the ShellWellington

Location

Although much of Ghost in the Shell was filmed in Peter Jackson's Stone Street Studios, there is one major location in the CBD: Victoria Street. There is really nothing exciting about this street, it's just the usual shops and office buildings.

But with a little bit of set dressing, we're transported to downtown Hong Kong.

In the finished movie, the location is barely recognisable.

Wellington's Victoria Street features in the scenes in which Major Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) and her partner Batou are fighting cyber terrorists in the streets.

Counter-terrorism operative Major Mira Killian is a superhuman enhanced through cybernetics.

Counter-terrorism operative Major Mira Killian is a superhuman enhanced through cybernetics.

While you're in downtown Wellington be sure to check out the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa which doubles as the headquarters of the anti-terrorist unit. We see Te Papa briefly from the above, as Major Killian's helicopter approaches to land on the roof.

Te Papa translates as Our Place in Te Reo Māori, a fitting name for the country's national museum. 

Te Papa translates as Our Place in Te Reo Māori, a fitting name for the country's national museum. 

Special effects company Weta Workshop made various props for the movie, including the masks for the robotic geisha that murders a hostage and is taken down by Major Killian.

The killer geisha.

The killer geisha.

The geisha's mask is on exhibition in the Weta Cave, which is part mini museum and part merchandise shop.

The Weta Cave is also the assembly point for the Weta Workshop Tours that showcase props from movies such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong or District 9.

The Weta Cave is also the assembly point for the Weta Workshop Tours that showcase props from movies such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong or District 9.

Another useful source of information for planning your visit:

  • Wellington has a great website for travel inspiration and what to do while you're in the city.

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About the Story:

In the near future, Major, the first cyber-human, must stop the growing cyber-terrorism. After discovering a secret of her identity, she sets out to learn more about her obscured past.

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Travel Tips

Don't miss the opportunity to stroll along the city's beautiful waterfront which is dotted with various sculptures.

This iconic sculpture bears the title Solace in the Wind. Locals just call it The Naked Man.

This iconic sculpture bears the title Solace in the Wind. Locals just call it The Naked Man.

Scale one of the city's many hills and enjoy some breathtaking views over the world's coolest little capital.

And...the Nightlife! Cuba Street is the best spot for a drink with its laid-back bars and cafes.

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