Dinosaurs and Fossils Did dinosaurs once live in New Zealand? Join us as junior palaeontologists on a discovery mission to learn about the prehistoric past. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Students Years 1-3, maximum 30 students Cost $5 per student for a one-hour session Availability Term 4, Mon to Fri, 2016 Terms 1 - 4, Mon to Fri, 2017 VenueWeird & Wonderful, Origins gallery New Zealand Curriculum Levels 1 and 2 - Science (Nature of Science: Living World) Related galleries and exhibitions Origins gallery ENQUIRE NOW Investigate New Zealand's pre-historic past Through a fun and interactive approach, learners are led on a mission to become palaeontologists to discover and learn about various dinosaurs and their identifying characteristics. We highlight well-known carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs, find out what a palaeontologist does and get to know some of the Museum's palaeontology collections, curators and scientists. The programme aims to: describe the role of a palaeontologist investigate the different types of dinosaurs that existed in New Zealand inspire audiences with the story of Joan Wiffen, the amateur palaeontologist who helped discover that dinosaurs once lived in New Zealand encourage learners to engage with the handling collections help children share and relate their own understanding of the topic of dinosaurs and fossils observe and identify the differentiating features of a variety of dinosaurs.