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Puke Ariki

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Address: 1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
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+64 6-759 6060
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The museum and i-site are both under one roof. The museum is very interesting and gives you more information on the history of the people in New Plymouth. The i-site staff are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Shauna B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum and i-site are both under one roof. The museum is very interesting and gives you more information on the history of the people in New Plymouth. The i-site staff are very helpful and friendly, especially when it comes to providing information for Mt Taranaki.

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Thank Shauna B
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to the bugs exhibition as a family and thoroughly enjoyed it! The staff are very friendly and the exhibition interesting although a little creepy! Would definitely recommend!

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Thank Lois M
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with my son and some friends and had a great time. We enjoyed the bugs exhibit and also the one of the Maori culture. The place is sized so that you can get to see it all within a few leisurely hours. We also dined at the restaurant, Arborio, which was delicious.

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Thank toriper
England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to learn about Taranaki and the local area and culture. Really interactive and informative and to top things off it was nice to sit afterwards and have a glass of wine.

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Thank StacksnTressels
new plymouth
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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take all out of town people there. Has an excellent information centre too, great staff. Something New Plymouth should be proud of

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Thank chitake
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great initiative combining regional museum, library and i-site, all in a stunning position on the ocean front. The building is beautiful and links its parts well both internally and externally. Wonderful exhibits of local and regional history, especially the tawdry story of the colonial wars and bad behaviour by the invaders and land-grabbers. Unlike our history the toilets are spotless.... More 

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Thank samandhenry
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the grand kids on 2 occasions and both lots loved it. Well worth the visit and an easy, cheap way to entertain the young ones (and yourself) for an hour or two. A must do for visitors to the Naki.

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Thank donnyboy141
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited just recently after 5 or 6 years since our last visit. The museum still continues to be an interesting place to spend some time getting acquainted with local history both Maori and European. Centrally located pretty much adjacent to the coastal walkway it is a real credit that this site remains free to visit. There... More 

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Thank Allan O
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to visit for a bit of New Plymouth history of both Maori and European. There was also an excellent exhibition of bugs which had "hands on" activities for children.

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Thank K C
Hawera, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ducked into Puke Ariki about 20 minutes before closing, but it gave us enough time to have a wander around the Taranaki life exhibition. I hadn't been in the museum since it first opened, and was wonderfully surprised by its development since then. It is always fun to peer into the past of your home province - wondering what... More 

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