Dinosaur invasion

16:00, Jan 13 2014
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TOOTHY TERROR: A tyrannosaurus rex towers over visitors to Butterfly Creek.
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LINE UP: Velociraptors wait in a storage shed ahead of Dinosaur Kingdom’s grand opening weekend.
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EYE SPY: The fibreglass models display realistic facial features, scales and feathers.
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FEARSOME MATCH: A moving tyrannosaurus rex and a triceratops face off.
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TRANQUIL SCENE: Herbivores graze in the ‘‘wetlands’’ area of the dinosaur enclosure.

A terrifying treat awaits visitors to Butterfly Creek.

The wildlife park at Auckland airport is about to open 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.

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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.

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 Friday to Sunday, 9am till 5.30pm at 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport.

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