Gandalf’s Eagles at Wellington Airport are stunning and SO exciting to see. Celebrating the success of the Lord of the Rings films doesn’t get better than this.

Wellington Airport Gandalf Eagles

Gandalf’s Eagles Are They Safe Up There?

They soar above the arrivals and departures at the airport and only the grumpiest of travellers could dislike the drama and sweeping sense of majesty as Gandalf flies with them into action. It is so cool to be able to sit and sip a latte underneath those sweeping wings and pretend you are in mythical Middle-Earth.

The breathtaking sight has been designed and created by Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor and Workshop Supervisor Rob Gillies, and they compliment the huge Gollum already well established in the airport lounge. Here are some details about the Eagles.

  • Weta created 1,000 feathers for the two flying eagles
  • The longest of the feathers measure 2.6 yards or 2.4 metres
  • Each bird has a wingspan of 15 metres or 16 yards
  • The whole installation weighs nearly 2 tonnes
  • Each bird is situated in the Main Terminal, suspended by 8 cables.

Drama for Gandalf’s Eagles

As many of our regular Twitter followers will know, Wellington and the North Island suffered a major quake of 6.3 on Monday the 20th of January at 4 p.m. It was a shallow quake and aftershocks are expected although we didn’t feel any up until now.  Mostly, it means things fell of shelves and walls have cracks in – nothing horrible! However………

The quake was strong enough to bring down one of the birds as these dramatic pictures show! Thankfully no-one was hurt by the falling feathers and claws but it must have been close!!

Gandalf's Eagles fall

Check out our visit to Weta Cave here and catch the Weta Cave Trolls here!

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  1. Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

    January 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Poor Eagle. Our Mom would so like to arrive at that airport and see the Eagles first hand. She would love to visit New Zealand.
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  2. boris kitty

    January 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

    OMC so glad nobuddy wuz hurted. Poor Eagle.
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  3. Glogirly & Katie

    January 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    How scary!!!
    Glogirly was in the *big* one in California back in 1971. Yeah, she’s THAT old.

    Sure glad no one was hurt and the eagles are ok. Guess it gives new meaning to “the eagle has landed.”
    ; ) Katie
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  4. Derby and Ducky

    January 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    We saw this on our news. We are glad you are safe.
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  5. jansfunnyfarm

    January 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    That must be magnificent to see. Hope the bird wasn’t damaged very much when it came down. Glad everyone is safe.
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  6. Brian Frum

    January 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I sure am glad you are okay and that those big birds didn’t attack anyone!
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  7. Kitties Blue

    January 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    We didn’t hear about the quake. So super glad no one was hurt. Those eagles are amazing. It was impossible to tell their size just from the photos. Thanks for including the measurements. Hope the one that came down wasn’t damaged too badly. Have a great week. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
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  8. Sparkle

    January 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I saw those photos on the news online – wow! It is lucky no one got hurt.
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  9. Nerissa's Life

    January 21, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I don’t know… I always thought of eagles as bein’ kind of scary.

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