Scotty the T.rex goes on holiday!

Scotty the T.rex goes on holiday!

Have you heard the roars yet? We’ve had an overwhelming response to our visiting T.rex puppet Scotty!

 Scotty T.rex

We are really lucky that Scotty has been able to visit us to help promote our forthcoming exhibition, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, which opens at Te Papa on September 27!

We’re hoping that many of you will get to meet Scotty when he’s out and about over the next week. Today he’s a little tired after a busy few days so is having a rest. He doesn’t like the rain much either, so we’re keeping an eye on the weather forecast before we decide exactly where he’ll go next.

Scotty has got his plane ticket booked and will be traveling back to Australia on September 22, but luckily before then we have some dates scheduled so you can plan your visit. Of course, you’ll also be able to come to Te Papa and discover lots more about the Tyrannosaur family in our extraordinary exhibition from September 27!

All appearances are weather-dependent and subject to change.


Saturday September 13: Mitre 10 MEGA Petone, 11-11.30am & 12-12.30pm

Sunday September 14: Harbourside Market next to Te Papa, 9-9.30am & 10.30-11am (Wet weather option: Te Papa)

Palmerston North

Thursday 18 September: DinoDig at Te Manawa Museum, 10.30-11am

Thursday 18 September: The Square, 12- 12.30pm


Thursday 18 September: Majestic Square, 3-3.30pm

Friday 19 September: Majestic Square, 10-10.30am

New Plymouth

Friday 19 September: The Tasman Prospect, 2-2.30pm

Friday 19 September: Puke Ariki Landing Site, 3.30-4pm


Saturday 20 September: Taupo Riverside Market, 11-11.30am

Saturday 20 September: Heuheu St, by Coin Save, 12.30-1pm

Saturday 20 September: Taupo Hole in One, 2.30-3pm

Hawkes Bay

Sunday 21 September: Hastings Farmers market (A & P Showgrounds), 9-9.30am

Sunday 21 September: Marine Parade, Napier, 10.30-11am

Sunday 21 September: Aruhiri Playground (near Cool Cat/Hot Chick Café), Napier, 12pm -12.30pm

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  1. we met Scotty at Napier, made my daughter’s day as she dreams of training dragons/dinosaurs so tried her skills on Scotty! I have photos to share if you have email address for Te Papa? Thanks again.

  2. hi there am really gutted we missed u in Napier as my daughter is doing a study at bledisloe school in taradale Napier and she would of LOVED to see you 🙁 is there any chance that u mite be coming back to Napier???? PLEASE

    1. Author

      Hi Jim, thanks for your interest in Scotty. We were really lucky to have him visit for two weeks to help us promote Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family. Unfortunately Scotty had his plane ticket booked and has now returned to Australia. He’s been in hot demand across the Tasman, but if you and your daughter would like to learn more about the Tyrannosaur family, you can check out some cool dinosaur facts here:

  3. Wish he was coming to Blenheim! Lots of little T Rex fans here…

  4. has he his own Passport? Pity not coming to Aratoi at Masterton!

    1. Author

      Hi Adele, thanks for your comment. Scotty’s always accompanied by a human handler so doesn’t need his own passport – but he is kept very comfortable on his way through quarantine! Thanks for your interest in Scotty – we’ll be working hard to share his experiences on our blog, Facebook and Twitter while he’s in New Zealand.

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