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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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Fabulous Little Museum, Not to be missed..

We had been to Te Papa earlier and were skeptical about a visit to this Museum. But it did hold its ground and we were really happy that we did make a trip down here. Wonderful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had been to Te Papa earlier and were skeptical about a visit to this Museum. But it did hold its ground and we were really happy that we did make a trip down here. Wonderful relics and artefacts. Highlight- Whaling and the destruction it has brought about in the ocean.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Travelled all over North and South Islands stopping in many museums along the way. This was definitely 3rd best after only Wellington and Auckland. Maori exhibit is great as is the geology exhibits about the area. Loved the surfing exhibit in 2014 that highlighted the Kiwi sense of adventure and ingenuity.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Many of the projects here change frequently so never boring to go. Great to learn about the local area & history. Awesome for all ages!!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is an absorbing museum in the modern style. There is a little bit of everything in the various display areas. iI loved the mMaori treasures and the unique presentation style. You certainly get an excellent insight into the region and its history. The Volcano exhibits are pretty interesting as well.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I can tell you, that if you need to, you can visit this place really quickly.... I really think that this is a must visit when in town.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We had a couple of hours free and wandered into Puke Ariki. I was surprised it was free and it was certainly better than the majority of provincial NZ museums. It had plenty to look at and a hands on exhibition too. Interesting history & insight into past & present in the Taranaki region.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This museum is interesting and gave me a good overview of Taranaki. To its credit it has resisted the Te Papa theme park approach yet remains engaging. The bistro downstairs is excellent and can give you a break. The city information centre is also there, though I found its visual information service cumbersome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Great layout and very informative. Good learning opportunity for children. Also next door to Tourism information.

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A must see...great history on the area. Well laid out. Some interesting interactive things for children.

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Orange, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

for a public museum, this is an amazing place, well done New Plymouth council, we always come back to view new things, and old favourites..

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