Dinosaur House
Dinosaur House
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Speciality MuseumsNatural History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Dinosaur House is a small museum which is run by dinosaur enthusiasts Ian & Sarah Moore. Opened in September 2019, it contains an amazing collection of dinosaur displays and fossils. Housed in a beautiful 1922 heritage building in the centre of the historic town of Raetihi. It is a traditional museum using the beauty and majesty of more than 100 specimens to show the public the exciting and wonderful world of fossils and dinosaurs. You’ll be transported back to prehistoric times to explore our carefully curated exhibits which will expand your mind.
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Stopticklingmeplease
Whanganui, New Zealand157 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
I absolutely adored this museum! If you’re a big kid or an enthusiastic adult, then this is the place for you! You can see the passion in this place and it’s worth every cent of admission. The animatronic dinosaurs are brilliant and all the Jurassic Park memorabilia is great to see.
Love the door bell!!
Written 26 November 2023
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katnz123
Hamilton, New Zealand11 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
This place is fantastic! I thought I had written a review at the time, but must have forgotten. My two boys were absolutely taken with this place. The little dinosaur lover of the two was so excited for our trip, and he wasn’t disappointed!

The models, memorabilia, moving Dinos, fossils, were all fantastic, but the highlight for my kids was the opportunity to excavate a replica fossil outside. We spent a verrrrry long time there and loved every minute. This place is truly a hidden gem, made even more special by its passionate and enthusiastic Dino-expert owners :)
Written 22 January 2023
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Kaycee8
Wellington, New Zealand78 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
A mix of kitsch, real memorabilia, fossils and models that move - we spent a good hour looking through the various rooms. We learnt a lot and had a lot of fun. Highly recommended for kids and the young at heart.
Written 25 August 2022
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Dave
7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
This museum would suit quite specific tastes. It's an unusual eclectic mix of posters, models, TV screens and other random dinosaur related paraphernalia. We paid $44 for 2 adults and 2 kids and I consider it to be poor value for money. I really can't understand how this has a 5 star average.
Written 24 June 2022
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Oh dear, we're sorry you didn't enjoy our dinosaur house, what do you think we could do to make it better?
Written 23 July 2022
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Jenanne6
Whitianga45 contributions
Feb 2022
What a great place to visit. Definitely worth while. The hosts/owners were so informative, answering any questions we had. Very interesting displays and really enjoyed the short video that they have playing there.
Written 20 March 2022
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Thanks for the 5 stars Jenanne6, we're really glad you enjoyed our dinosaurs! :)
Written 23 July 2022
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Kat M
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Such a great way to spend a few hours - there is always something new here, I’ve been 3 times now and there is always a new attractions, different information videos or other attractions added. The hosts are so friendly and happy to share as much knowledge as you want. Can’t recommend enough
Written 18 March 2022
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Thanks for the 5 stars and great recommendation, much appreciated! :)
Written 23 July 2022
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Lisa L
Palmerston North, New Zealand20 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Such a fun stop off of the beaten track! Very informative, definitely learnt a couple of new things! The models and animatronics also made it fun!
Written 29 January 2022
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Thanks for the 5 stars Camleca, we're really glad you enjoyed your visit! :)
Written 23 July 2022
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izzie m
Taumarunui, New Zealand33 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
This place is amazing...all of us..kids & adults enjoyed this & learnt lots..This is a credit to the family that set this place up..10 out of 10!!!
Written 17 January 2022
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Thanks for the great rating, we're really glad you enjoyed your visit! :)
Written 23 July 2022
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Lewis
1 contribution
Jul 2021
As we drove through Raetihi to get that cheaper petrol, We stumbled upon the greatest thing in the central north island.

legit big dinosaurs in raetihi.

It's so much fun but it makes you question how they got the dinosaurs inside.

Ian was really enthusiastic and really made it an awesome visit. The price is also really good and made me want to pay more after I realized how much love has been put into the Dinosaur House,

Its existence is really something special and ill always go there anytime I'm nearby.
Written 26 August 2021
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What a lovely recommendation, thanks very much Lewis. We're really glad that you enjoyed your visit and thanks for the 5 stars. Much appreciated! :)
Written 23 July 2022
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Zac C
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
Such good price and amazing people! I usually wouldn’t enjoy something like this but I loved it. I thoroughly recommend it to people of all ages!
Written 6 July 2021
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Thanks for the 5 stars zacc776, much appreciated!
Written 7 July 2021
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Dinosaur House is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM