Puke Ariki: Library, Museum, Visitor Information

Puke Ariki Exterior

Puke Ariki is an integrated knowledge hub. The central New Plymouth site combines a museum, library, research centre and i-SITE. Puke Ariki also has five branch libraries and a mobile library.

Alert Level 2 Update:

The museum will reopen from 10am Friday 10 September.

Visitors to our museum must scan or sign in, wear a mask and keep 2 metres social distancing.

We’ll manage visitor numbers so we can stick to the social distancing rules.

Thanks in advance for being patient and respecting our staff who are doing their best to keep everyone safe.

Education programmes are available.

Events will not be taking place during alert level 2.

Some of the interactives and high touch areas will be temporarily decommissioned.


Puke Ariki Museum and Store

Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Puke Ariki Museum, i-SITE and Store are open every day except for Christmas Day

Explore Puke Ariki’s three permanent galleries showcasing life in Taranaki, its unique geology, flora and fauna, and the museum’s Māori taonga. Two temporary galleries house a wide range of changing exhibitions.

Find out more about our exhibitions and visiting the museum.


Puke Ariki Library

Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9am - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Puke Ariki Library is closed on public holidays.

All Taranaki residents are eligible for library membership. Puke Ariki library members can access a great selection of adults’ and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, ebooks, DVDs, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines. Regular events and community programmes run in all the libraries and free wifi is available.  


Taranaki Research Centre

Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Taranaki Research Centre is closed on public holidays.

Taranaki Research Centre/Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki holds an excellent collection of reference books, images and archives that relate to the history of Taranaki. It is located on the second floor of Puke Ariki Library. Discover the tales of Taranaki through Te Rangi Aoao Nunui our online historical and cultural stories database.

Find out more about research and heritage at Puke Ariki.




Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm
The i-SITE is open every day except for Christmas Day

The i-SITE Visitor Centre should be your first stop if you need travel advice and bookings for tours, activities, events and accommodation in New Plymouth.
Pick up a selection of maps and brochures or chat to our friendly team of local and impartial experts about making the most of your visit.
We are agents for Tranz Scenic Trains, Interislander and Blue Bridge ferries as well as Intercity. And better still, our service is free.

Conveniently located within the Puke Ariki building on St Aubyn Street and open every day of the week, the New Plymouth i-SITE is a valuable source of information about New Plymouth District, Taranaki and New Zealand.


Richmond Cottage

2-6 Ariki Street

Richmond Cottage is temporarily closed.

Opening hours: 11am - 3:30pm weekends and holidays (except Christmas Day)

Explore this 1850s settler cottage that has been preserved in its original condition. See what it was like for the first European settlers to New Plymouth.  

Community Libraries

Puke Ariki includes five community libraries and a mobile library. The libraries in Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara are also NPDC Service Centres, where you can pay bills,  register your dog and much more.

All of the community libraries are closed on public holidays. For more information see Visiting our Libraries.




Bell Block Library and Service Centre

188 Parklands Avenue,
Bell Block
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am - 5pm
Tues, Thurs: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - midday

Inglewood Library and Service Centre

46 Rata Street,
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9am - 5pm
Wed, Fri: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - midday

Ōākura Library

16 Donnelly Street,
Mon, Wed, Fri: 11am -5pm
Tues, Thurs, Sat: 9am - 1pm

Urenui Library

Takiroa Street
Tues: 9am - 2pm
Friday: midday - 4pm


Waitara Library and Service Centre

15a Queen Street,
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am - 5pm
Tues, Thurs: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - midday

Mobile Library

The mobile library does a rural route and an urban route around the New Plymouth district. It visits schools as far north as Tongaporutu and as far south as Ratapiko.

If you live in urban New Plymouth it will stop near your place every two weeks.