Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki, New Plymouth: Hours, Address, Puke Ariki Reviews: 4.5/5

Visitor Centers • Natural History Museums • Science Museums • Children's Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to Puke Ariki - an integrated knowledge hub comprising museum, library, research centre, museum store and i-SITE for a visitor experience that is like no other. Puke Ariki is a place where people come together and where there is a place for everyone. Sited in New Plymouth, between the majestic Mount Taranaki and the wild Tasman Sea, Puke Ariki is a place of wonder, of excitement, of discovery and adventure. "Te hiringa ā rangi, te hiringa ā nuku, te hiringa o Puke Ariki, kia tupu te toiora, kia tupu te toi auaha o te tangata, pupū mai ai i a Taranaki o mua ki Taranaki o nāianei, honohono ake te hunga kāinga, te motu me te ao ki ngā aronga hou, ki ngā ara huhua o tikanga kē, o iwi kē." "At Puke Ariki we aim to inspire creativity and enrich lives by promoting the heritage of Taranaki and connecting local people and visitors to new ideas and other cultures from around the world."
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Tess041
Tauranga, New Zealand205 contributions
Great Museum!
Oct 2021 • Family
This is a really well thought out museum, with heaps of displays and information. The National Geographic Photography Display was also being shown and it was excellent. Interesting enough for both kids and adults. Well done New Plymouth!
Written October 11, 2021
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ElsaMiro
260 contributions
Ensure you go here - one of the BEST museums in NZ
Oct 2021
Layout, displays, excellent, the setting superb, vibrant, and user friendly.
Very informative and a great way to learn about the history of New Plymouth, also history of NZ, very clever way it is set out.
Upstairs the animal exhibits great as well.
Were very fortunate to be able to see the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographic exhibition...MAGNIFICENT.
Went on a wet day and spent over an hour or so there, highly recommend, and not too big so you can see everything
Written October 10, 2021
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moonlotus18
Hamilton, New Zealand1,666 contributions
Great way to spend the day
Apr 2021
Modern art building with interesting museum exhibits showcasing Taranaki's past, and, present. Loved the pioneers and Maori sections of the museum- very informative, interactive and well done. We spent a whole afternoon here and it wasn't quite enough. Best of all, its free!
The public library is linked to the building just across the internal bridge.
Highly recommended.
Written August 19, 2021
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Mike Hunt
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er f
Dec 2020
A wonderful excursion for all ages

If you're looking for an awesome museum then this is the place to come. The staff is very helpful and kind, and every exhibit truly showed the beauty of Taranaki tounga and history. Another amazing The new Maori exhibition is amazing and truly wonderful because of all of the Maori tounga spread around the room. The entry room is spacious, welcoming, and there are giant sculptures and statues all over the walls and ceiling. If you
Written July 1, 2021
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MrsGNZ
South Island, New Zealand300 contributions
Worth it
Jun 2021
It's the best display of Maori art (paintings) and walking down memory lane, historical significance
Written June 5, 2021
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Latimers
Auckland, New Zealand68 contributions
Well Worth a Visit
May 2021
Vey interesting exhibits. Well organized and pleasant to visit. Located in central city and easy to get to.
Written May 24, 2021
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Hayley M
Palmerston North, New Zealand18 contributions
Great Entertainment
Apr 2021 • Family
The kids loved it! So many things to see and do. Some really cool interactive experiences. Definitely worth a visit plus it's FREE
Written April 25, 2021
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Rebecca
Auckland, New Zealand48 contributions
Small town doesn't mean small history - fascinating
Apr 2021 • Friends
Being a small town museum the history is obviously localized to the area but it is still a fascinating way to spend a rainy morning in New Plymouth. Definitely glad I went
Written April 15, 2021
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Sarah B
Wellington, New Zealand49 contributions
Great museum in central NP
Apr 2021 • Family
Considering this is free (donations encouraged), this museum offers a lot! There are some interesting and interactive exhibits, a nice shop, and good facilities. Housed in a striking building along the waterfront.
Written April 1, 2021
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Judave
Tauranga, New Zealand568 contributions
Good visit
Feb 2021 • Couples
We went here recently and were impressed with the quality of exhibitions, relating to Taranaki area. It is an impressive building and well worth a visit.
Written February 22, 2021
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