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Puke Ariki

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Address: 1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 (6) 759 6060
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Museum inn Puke Ariki

Historical and natural history museums for FREE! Beautiful building, good explanations. Lots of historical objects, like the Smithsonian American History museum in Washington... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Judi819
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Torrance, California
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Torrance, California
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Historical and natural history museums for FREE! Beautiful building, good explanations. Lots of historical objects, like the Smithsonian American History museum in Washington, DC.

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Thank Judi819
New Delhi, Delhi, India
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This deserves a place on your to do list in New Plymouth!! It's got heaps of interesting things available and the people there are very friendly and helpful!!

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Thank debashreeh
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Puke Ariki is extremely interesting and with all the different set ups they do during the year, there is so much to explore and learn and the info shop is amazing and the museum is fantastic and the Maori expedition is beautiful and the restaurant is a bonus. Just a must do place to visit!

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Thank 809Annette
Rotorua
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30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This very comprehensive museum is a must. Packed with history that could take hours to absorb. An excellent children's interactive centre was obviously being enjoyed by many children.

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Thank serendipityrotorua
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A well set out museum with some interactive displays. Went through the history of the last century with clothing and other exhibits from this time. In a previous visit 10 years ago we were intrigued by the oil and gas exploration display. There was a solar kids display downstairs that we did not visit.

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Thank Nonstop_Kiwi
Waipukurau, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oh what a great place. We spent 5hrs here. I really liked the Maori display and learnt a lot and saw things I have not seen before. I would definitely revisit if I get back to New Plymouth.

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Thank Sandrabelgrove
te awanga
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63 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting. Friendly, helpful staff. Great interactive exhibitions and just so interesting. I could go daily and always find something else to do

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Thank kiwibear
Hamilton, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seems to be even more on display now. Great exhibits - very interesting. Lovely building and very good location. Easy to find.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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205 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Includes visitor information, museum and a restaurant. I would have liked to see a short video on Taranaki history but they dont show any. For such an historical region of NZ I would have thought this was a given. Bit disappointing.

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Thank Ah62
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Well laid out with an emphasis on local stories and history. We visited because it was a wet (really wet) day, but we will return regardless of the weather.

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