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Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

Children’s Museum · Library
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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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  • Enjoyed our visit here! Very interactive, spotlessly clean & it's free. Well worth a visit when in New Plymouth! 
    Enjoyed our visit here! Very interactive, spotlessly clean & it's free. Well worth a visit when in New Plymouth!  more »
  • Really interesting museum. I have been there twice. The exhibition on the upper level is the same (marine life, maori and a few other things). Detailed and with interactive activities for kids. On... 
    Really interesting museum. I have been there twice. The exhibition on the upper level is the same (marine life, maori and a few other things). Detailed and with interactive activities for kids. On...  more »
  • Spent an hour or so wandering through. Has some good insight into local history as well as some interactive displays. Well set out with some good visual displays. Had school group there day we... 
    Spent an hour or so wandering through. Has some good insight into local history as well as some interactive displays. Well set out with some good visual displays. Had school group there day we...  more »
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  • whether you live in New Plymouth or not Puke Ariki is a great place to visit. the library has an amazing collection of books for kids and they can spend hours reading. there are also a few games that you can borrow and play. the museum has a number of exhibits that that are suitable for all ages. Just don't be overly alarmed about your age if you find the accordion that you used to play listed as one of the historical musical instruments. Age does catch up after all.
  • Amazing assistance! I was shown to the Research area which helped me locate family cemeteries and graves! Wonderful Museum and staff. Easy parking.
  • Beautiful museum dedicated to the Maori people and early European settlers. Everything was displayed, organized and comprehensible. They even had short clips where a group was explaining certain traditions of the Maori. I enjoyed immensely.
  • A unique experience. Who would have though that there was so much history from the outside. Worth the visit.
  • Fantastic space to learn more about this awesome town and it's people both Māori and Non-Māori. Informative, interactive, eye-catching and polished including the people who greet you at the door. Can't finish my comment without highlighting that this is all available free to anyone and everyone!!!! Way to go New Plymouth.

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