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Ancient New Zealand: Squawkzilla and The Giants


Fri 21 Feb 2020, 9:00am–5:30pm
Sat 22 Feb 2020, 9:00am–5:30pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020, 9:00am–5:30pm
Mon 24 Feb 2020, 9:00am–5:30pm
Tue 25 Feb 2020, 9:00am–5:30pm

Where: Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Canterbury Museum

Discover the fossils. Meet the monster birds. Explore New Zealand's tropical past.

More than 60 million years ago, shortly after the dinosaurs became extinct, giant penguins swam the warm oceans around the ancient subcontinent of Zealandia.

Fast forward 40 million years and Central Otago was submerged beneath a giant lake, 10 times the size of Lake Taupo. Here strange creatures like crocodiles, turtles, burrowing bats and the world’s largest parrot, nicknamed Squawkzilla by scientists, lived in subtropical forest.

At Squawkzilla and the Giants you can get up close to life-sized models of New Zealand’s lost monsters and learn how scientists are using fossils to uncover this land’s past.

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