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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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Interesting history

We found the exhibits to be very intersting and educational. The Maori history is well done. So many exhibits have no history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We found the exhibits to be very intersting and educational. The Maori history is well done. So many exhibits have no history.

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

With one day to explore New Plymouth we had intended to visit parks and gardens, but went to Puke Ariki instead because my husband had a bad gout attack and couldn't walk. I was able to park immediately under the museum, borrow one of their wheelchairs from the hugely helpful lady at reception, take it out to the car park... More 

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HamiltonNZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I use to live in NP and was looking forward to visiting Puke Ariki. I have found memories of the old museum. But...I actually felt a bit let down. It seemed cluttered and all over the place. But the hosts were lovely and it was good to get out of the rain. A bit embarassing to see my old girls... More 

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Middle Sackville, NS, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We stopped in to this museum, briefly, one afternoon. There was only time to view one level so we chose the middle one to gain some insight into the history of New Plymouth. There were excellent displays and it was free. What's not to love.

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were able to spend some time here and enjoyed the exhibits and what it had to offer on local history. Worth visiting.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A very central iSite where there is free internet, very useful, lovely, friendly staff to help you with any accommodation or travel plans . It is centrally located almost opposite the wind wand with convenient parking at the side of TGO building or across the road.. As with all museums, there is a mass of local history which is fascinating... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Loads of books if you are into reading, huge shark & other animals in the museum side. Culture & history of the area is very interesting, well worth the visit if you have a couple hours to spare

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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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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