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1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
+64 6-759 6060
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I prefer to go to one specific place to purchase farewell gifts, and this isite is well stocked with local iconic gifts. There is also parking under the building for a small fee, or free 10min parking on main road. It also stocks some great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bjandco
Reviewed 5 days ago

So many things to experience especially for kids. You need at least a couple of hours to have a good look of the museum

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank meenu279
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please to visit during visit to New Plymouth. Very well maintained and organised. The information display is good.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rajendra62
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best museums in NZ just in terms of the exhibits and they way they've been presented. It's not huge so compared to Auckland or Te Papa the visit is much shorter but it makes up for it in the creative and content...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SamrNZ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a museum you do not want to miss if you want to learn about Maori culture. Very informative and the exhibits are very well done. We originally went to the museum to see the 50 best photographs from the National Geographic magazine. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank f16addict
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of our stay in New Plymouth. This is a must see attraction. They had several specific events which are worth seeing. They had Optical illusions, walking with dinosaurs, natural history and local history and of course a wonderful area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brian M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Puke Ariki is for everyone from the very young to the elderly. Fantastic exhibitions like the Illusion exhibition currently on display are worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 543barbaras
Reviewed October 27, 2018

We were lucky enough to visit when the 50 worlds greatest photos were on display, unfortunately photos of the display were not permitted. This was a real treat, as far as the rest of the museum it is very much another museum, still worth a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MartyandAmy
Reviewed October 18, 2018

I was very lucky to have visited Puke Ariki during the time they had the Top 50 Photographs from National Geographic - what a truly wonderful experience and a sight to behold. I also very much enjoyed the local history that Puke Ariki had to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lori O
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

A great way to spend a few hours and it’s free. You have to pay for parking but the exhibitions inside are truly breathtaking. We really enjoyed our visit and can’t wait to see future events that will be here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jessisaw
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Two days in New Plymouth (3 Replies)
I am going to spend two whole days in New Plymouth nest March and intend visiting the Pukekura Park, Puke Ariki, doing the Coastal Walkway and one whole day touring the Tarakani National Park. Do you think there is something I am missing? I will have no car, so it has to be something reachable by public transport or not too far away for a taxi ride I love taking pictures: nature, views, landmarks.... Thank you Jose
October 30, 2009|
Response fromJOSEANTONIO|
Thank you Oskar, quite a good advice. By the way, whichs means "Puke" which is repeated in several ways in Taranaki information Jose
Matthew M
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Finalizing NI plans for November with 2yo (12 Replies)
This forum is awesome and full of great advice! I can't help but feel like I'm missing something, and certain parts of my itinerary are either open or incomplete (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) so advice and recommendations are much appreciated. My daughter will be a few weeks shy of 2yo, so long hikes are out of the question. We are renting a Toyota Corolla-Touring type from GoRentals, so if anything on our itinerary can't handle that please let me know. I assume sealed roads are...More
September 14, 2018|
Response fromSwimFan2012|
Matthew, You can see I answered your questions about night sky viewing in the other thread where you posed a question. Your itinerary is ambitious. For the sake of the small child do include the following: 1) Short walk in a fern forest 2) bubbling volcanic mud (child will like to see the mud pop up) and Māori performances 3) Agrodome Farm Show - sheep shearing a real hoot even for adults 4) stop along the country side to admire the sheep along the rolling hills 5) Rainbow springs...More