Dinosaurs of PatagoniaNgā Taniwha o Rūpapa

Experience the incredible Ngā Taniwha o Rūpapa | Dinosaurs of Patagonia with your students – only in Term 1, 2024.

Learning areas and strands

Science, ANZ Histories, Mātauranga Māori, English, Mathematics

Education type

Education visit


1 Hour. Maximum capacity is 1 class (~30 students) every 30 minutes.

Suitable for

ECE, Years 1-13


$5 per student (Includes guided programme and exhibition entry) + $10.00 booking fee per school. Accompanying teachers and adults (Up to 1:5 ratio, 1:3 for ECE) admitted free of charge

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Join our Te Papa educators to explore fabulous fossil finds in the desert of Patagonia, and journey back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

Discover how the Earth changed across the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and see the effects these changes had on life. Students will explore the scientific process and learn how and why our understanding of dinosaurs has developed over time as new discoveries are made. They will also learn about local connections – how are the dinosaurs of Aotearoa and Patagonia connected?

Highlights include

  • a 30-metre-long cast of Patagotitan, one of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth

  • eleven other precise casts, from tiny Manidens to ferocious Tyrannotitan, which preyed on Patagotitan

  • one of the biggest fossilised bones ever found: Patagotitan’s femur

  • a guided programme in a highly interactive and engaging exhibition with plenty of opportunities for discussion, reflection, and further learning

This programme is also available as a Virtual Explorer programme between 9:15 and 10:00am, availability permitting.

We are delighted to announce that Tranzit have partnered with Te Papa to offer discounted transport to schools who book a Ngā Taniwha o Rūpapa | Dinosaurs of Patagonia learning programme. Discounts vary according to equity index/decile and location. Contact Tranzit to find out what is available for your school at wellington@tranzit.co.nz

Note: Once bookings are confirmed, cancellation with fourteen days or less notice may incur the full cost as these are tickets withdrawn from public sale. Rescheduling is only possible subject to availability and sufficient notice.