Puke Ariki

Monday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth Central, New Plymouth

06 759 6060

Spend any time in New Plymouth and you’ll see the signposts for Puke Ariki, a dedicated hub that comprises a museum, library and research centre that shares the region’s rich history, taonga and natural world.

Stepping into Puke Ariki, the first thing that strikes you is the enormous replica shark suspended from the ceiling, a reminder of the rich marine life that exists in this part of Aotearoa. The museum is spread over a couple of floors and exhibits three permanent collections; Te Takapou Whāriki, an exploration of how tangata whenua started life in Taranaki, featuring a stunning collection of carvings recovered from Waitara wetlands. Next is Taranaki Naturally, an insightful romp through the environmental history of Taranaki and a deep dive into the geological, as well as cultural, phenomenon of Taranaki Maunga. Finally, Taranaki Life is a fascinating journey through some of the colourful and inventive residents of the fine west coast city. Who knew Swanndri actually originated from a New Plymouth tailor called William Henry Broome? Throughout the year, the museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions that are equally diverse and interesting.  

On the ground floor, you’ll find a well-stocked gift shop with adjoining i-SITE. Dedicated personnel are on hand to answer questions about tourism in the region, and if you’re looking for ideas and itineraries, it’s likely they’ll have some handy information for you. 

Puke Ariki is free to all visitors, so grab some friends or the kids and discover something new about Taranaki.

Words by Kelly Tapper & Photography by Anna Briggs

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Location

1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth Central, New Plymouth

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