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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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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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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Kids 13yrs 11yrs and 9yrs had a ball doing scavenger hunt while I enjoyed coffee great activities things of interest. Very cool gift / i site shop. Good entertainment for all

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Perth, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Really interesting: covers the geology of the Taranaki, good history and natural history sections, interesting Maori culture exhibition, well worth visiting before taking in the coastal walk!

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

For all the family a must. Always full of kids and is a real informative museum showing early Taranaki ,European settlers, Maori artifacts oh it's all there. The economy , oil, dairy, forestry. Small art exhibitions ( Ohura Photos were superb).

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Excellent exhibits about taranaki area and settlement from 1840s onward. Did enjoy the natural world exhibits too. Gaming area interesting.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Interesting exhibits, better than most museums. We were there an hour which is longer than I can usually tolerate museums.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love everything about Puke Ariki. The design of the building for a start is fantastic. That then leads you into all the wonderful resources/complexes that are special. The museum, exhibitions, library etc. the staff are lovely and it is a wonderful environment with numerous wonderful experiences. Not to mention the wonderful outdoor environment when you exit the premises.

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