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1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
+64 6-759 6060
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All reviews local history great museum regional museum interesting displays information centre te papa maori section small museum taranaki region same building rainy day nz history gift shop all ages worth a visit new zealand couple of hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very interesting, but not too big that there is too much to see. Display of illusionism very good. Place to spend time whenever in the area

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank p_ratts202
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great to learn some of the history about Taranaki. Awesome illusion exhibit. Kept us and our 3 year old entertained for about an hour. Make sure you take the underground route to the windwand :)

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mandys466
Reviewed 5 days ago

Located close to the waterfront - containing the i-site info centre and store, interactive displays depicting the history and heritage of the area, special exhibitions and walkway connecting to the Library. As well as a lovely cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. What a brilliant...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank glenlaurie2015
Reviewed 5 days ago

Superb small museum that kept our lively and critical teens engaged and happy. It’s all here from the wonderful Maori exhibits to the European settler stories, from volcanos to natural history. Never boring.....and it’s free! Downstairs there is currently a fascinating exhibition from Dublin’s Trinity...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Katieclem46
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came away from here knowing a lot more about Taranaki and New Plymouth history. From the Maori history to the ground breaking pioneer arrivals and settlement through to the Taranaki of today. A huge asset of the City and well worth the visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really you must come in adequate shoes - this is not for very small children or elderly as the last part is really steep. But good fun and worth it! Fantastic view of New Plymouth, Mount Taranaki and Back Beach! You should go - I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 627monas
Reviewed 5 days ago

We really like Puke Arike, it's great. The museum is great, lots to see & Badge hunt's for the kids. There's usually something to see in the Exhibition area downstairs. I really enjoyed the National Geographic photography exhibition. We're going to the Illusion Exhibition this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stuarto29
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here to grab some info from the Info Centre, however there are several galleries and they are all free to visit. This was amazing and would be really beneficial for visitors from overseas wanting to get an understanding of the Taranaki region.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank p_pebbles
Reviewed 1 week ago

Puke Ariki is a wonderful collection of memorabilia from the Taranaki region - showcasing some of the unique history the region has to offer. There are plenty of interactive exhibits for kids (and adults alike). There are three main floors - a floor containing artefacts...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 883karlab
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really interesting local history and displays for art work. It was only a gold coin entry which was outstanding if your on a budget with your family and need to find something to do

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 14, 2018|
Response from Helen S | Reviewed this property |
Attending Puke Ariki is free
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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
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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