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Puke Ariki

1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
64 (6) 759 6060
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Ranked #7 of 25 Attractions in New Plymouth
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Most recent review
- Sep 2, 2014
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Disley, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

All the displays, activity areas, reading sections and information boards are really excellent. There is so much information here it's difficult to take it all in in one visit. The Maori section is fascinating but to be honest we didn't find a single area or display that wasn't interesting - and we visited three times during our stay in New... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
37 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The museum is not huge but its collections & displays reveal an insight into the geological history & human past of the region. The art gallery displays local talent and there are often interactive events for the children to partake in.

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Thames
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a real amenity for New Plymouth - brilliant inside and out, and we happened to be in town the night the museum hosted a lecture by Michael Corballis about brain research. Everything was free which was another bonus for a family trip; great ad for Taranaki!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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144 reviews 144 reviews
48 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our group of four adults and three children under 8 spent an afternoon at the museum easily absorbed in the displays of history, geology, flora, fauna, and geography of the area around New Plymouth. On arrival we were met by a guide who gave information on the various exhibition halls, and gave the children 'hunt for clues' pages and pencils.... More

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Vicenza, Italy
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

OK, it's not Te Papa, but it was one of the best museums I visited during my trip (and believe me, I visited many). Spacious, well organized and rational, it guides you through Maori heritage as well as flora and fauna of the region. I was particularly impressed by the geological history of Taranaki, detailed and entertaining, and the etnographic... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

as a museum it is well worth the effort to visit. Cost is free. We were greated by a staff member who gave us a great intro to the place and what was in each area. we ran out of time to see it all but will be back to finish it off. if you visit new Plymouth it is... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Well located in the CBD. It is well thought after - though a bit cramped within the town. Bust it has good eateries around and is very clean and well maintaned. A well developed community asset.

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Perth, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Well worth a visit and very informative. We also went into the library part and staff were incredibly nice. Thank you Deb. The staff in the Tourism office though came across at somewhat condescending.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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224 reviews 224 reviews
156 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

This is one place I believe you should include on your bucket list besides the coastal walkway. Parking could be an issue but besides parking puke Ariki has a lot to offer. I like the design of the building. Great food is available. Check it out next time you visit New Plymouth you will be pleasantly surprised

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

As always the food was excellent, the staff efficient and friendly. We had overseas, well travelled friends staying and we thought they would love this restaurant. Compliments from everybody, thanks :)

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