Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

Children’s Museum · Natural History Museum
Visit Puke Ariki, an innovative combined museum, library, and information center featuring exciting exhibits. Learn about Taranaki's history at the museum's four permanent exhibits, check out visiting events, and get engaged with multimedia displays. You can also explore the library and visitor center for more information, or relax at the onsite cafe. Located between Mount Taranaki and Tasman Sea, this place of discovery won Creative New Zealand's "Creative Places Award" in 2003. Put Puke Ariki on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our New Plymouth trip builder app.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • It's the best display of Maori art (paintings) and walking down memory lane, historical significance  more »
  • Good place with lots of things to do. If you are in the area I would recommend you visit.
  • Dinosaur exhibition was brilliant. Was a hit all round. I totally enjoyed and so did my grandchildren. I think seriously though I had more fun. I'd give it a "10"
  • Our library in my beautiful home town of New Plymouth is a place that has changed with the times in a very positive way. However, I wish there was better parking available! An underground carpark would be ideal if it's a viable option & yes, there's Centre City parking nearby but it costs money that some people can't afford - just like other parks around the Puke Ariki area which are unfortunately normally taken. On a positive note, I really love the huge photo inside the main entrance showing the opening of the library back in the 1950s. It looks like the entire population of our city at that time came along to witness a very important moment in our history - not at all surprising though! I feel really proud & relieved that the library continues to live on, & with the later addition of the educational & exceptional museum. 📚📖📓📕🏢☺️☺️
  • We originally intended to just go into the Visitors Center, but the exhibition of "One The Beach" looked interesting so we went downstairs to check out the swimsuits. We then decided to head up to the main attractions and walked into the Taranaki-focused Maori history exhibition. It was quite moving and education. Overall, I was strangely surprised by the quality and quantity to artifacts shown at the museum. I would certainly recommend it to any tourist / visitor to the region. This free museum is a credit to the curator and regional ratepayers.
  • There is so much to do at Puke Ariki. You can easily spend most of a day here, especially with kids. The museum is fantastic. Not too large, not too small, just right. My son always begs to come and see the shark when we drive past ! The special exhibits are always top notch. Everything is free, so that’s always a good deal ! The location is amazing, right on the waterfront, amazing views, and quick access to the coastal walkway. It’s a good place to start your touristing in New Plymouth. Can’t recommend this place highly enough.

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