Puke Ariki: Library, Museum, Visitor Information

Exterior of Puke Ariki.
Open seven days a week, Puke Ariki is a world-class knowledge centre where library, museum and visitor information are combined. 

1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth

Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri: 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wed:  9.00am - 9.00pm
Sat and Sun: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Taranaki Daily News Cafe: 9:30am - 3.30pm daily
The Library, Research Centre and Taranaki Daily News Cafe are closed on public holidays. Puke Ariki Museum is closed on Christmas Day. 

Puke Ariki is an innovative museum, library and information centre that combines learning, knowledge, resources and heritage objects for a visitor experience that is like no other.

Sited in New Plymouth, Taranaki, between the majestic Mount Taranaki and the wild Tasman Sea, Puke Ariki is a place of wonder, of excitement, of discovery and adventure.

The museum’s long-term galleries explore Taranaki’s past, present and future – telling the stories of the people and the region through displays, technology, multi-media and the people themselves – so there is always something new to learn and amazing to see.

Te Takapou Whāriki o Taranaki (The Sacred Woven Mat of Taranaki) gallery contains a display of the largest and most significant collection of whakairo rākau (wood carvings) from the Taranaki region, including the impressive waka prow associated with  Te Ātiawa paramount chief Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitaake. The gallery holds many other taonga, which are surrounded by stories revealed by tangata whenua themselves – stories that tell of conflict, of belief, of sorrow and of hope for the future.

Taranaki Life brings together a treasure trove of items that tell the stories of the people who came to the region and made it their home. See how their lives evolved from the primitive slab hut the first settlers used to defend themselves from the elements, to the ground-breaking technologies now employed by the gas and oil industries. Marvel at the innovative nature of our farming communities and see how other industries – from flax to beer and furniture to Swandri’s developed in the hands of the people who came from the other side of the world. Come and meet the Taranaki people.

Taranaki Naturally takes you back in time, to meet the monsters who swam in our ocean and see where mountains were born. Meet some of our most iconic animals, and learn about the battles being fought against their enemies. Explore the different environments that exist in the region – most notably the wetlands – and understand their natural and cultural significance.

Ko Taranaki Te Mounga explores the close connections the region and its people has with the mountain that watches over them all.

Regular temporary exhibitions are also on show, bringing opportunities for learning and entertainment on a wide range of subjects. You never know what you may find.

Puke Ariki Library provides an extensive reading and reference collection, a dedicated children’s floor, access to computers and the internet plus a wide range of community and school holiday events.

Te Pua Wānanga O Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre is also housed within the complex, on the second floor of the library, and the i-SITE tourist information centre can be found in the Puke Ariki Museum foyer.

Puke Ariki is a place where people come together and where there is a place for everyone.


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