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

Quite bright and modern, interesting exhibition downstairs but great display of history upstairs. Well worth the visit especially if you need the loo.cafe available and knowledgeable people to help with information.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MikeC801
Reviewed 1 week ago

WE went twice in 2 days as the museum is so good, it's nice to take time to study the exhibitions. The history of New Plymouth is fascinating and the interactive displays make it all come alive. Do visit the maori exhibition is is wonderful.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank wendy1811027
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my two teenagers and none of us are normally that keen on Museums, but we all enjoyed this one. Recommend.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DebbieK831
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has many aspects. There is a space for special exhibitions, a display space showing the history of the Taranaki region since European settlement, an outstanding section on Maori history and the final section on Natural history. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MHH0855
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Puke Ariki continues to deliver a really enjoyable experience for children and adults alike Recent visit keep my children occupied or some hours discovering exciting corners and new elements each visit. Top work PA team

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Museum with several sections covering topics like optical illusions, Taranaki region nature, local iwi and local history

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NZ-For-Six-Months
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
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December 14, 2018|
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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