Dinosaurs make appearance

16:00, Jan 16 2014
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CUTTING EDGE: The dinosaur exhibit is the only one of its type in the country, Butterfly Creek general manager John Dowsett says.

A terrifying treat awaits visitors to Butterfly Creek.

The wildlife park at Auckland Airport has opened its latest attraction - a dinosaur enclosure that will take people on a journey into the prehistoric world.

Lifelike dinosaurs, some up to 23 metres in length, will be on display alongside skeleton and fossil replicas.

The exhibit is the only one of its type in the country, Butterfly Creek general manager John Dowsett says.

It includes a lumbering diplodocus, a feathered archaeopteryx and a number of hungry tyrannosaurus rex.

Motors housed inside many of the dinosaurs' bodies mean they can breathe, roar, move their jaws and thrash their tails.

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Mr Dowsett says education is a key feature of the exhibit.

Children can touch many of the displays or get their photo taken inside a velociraptor cage or a giant egg.

Dinosaur Kingdom's grand opening will be held this weekend and there'll be a barbecue, giveaway and free face painting.

The opening runs from today until Sunday, 9am till 5.30pm at 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport.

Eastern Courier