Puke Ariki: Library, Museum, Visitor Information

Puke Ariki Hero Image July 2018
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

Puke Ariki Museum, Taranaki Research centre and i-SITE

Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm

Puke Ariki Libraries

Monday, Tuesday, Thrusday and Friday 9am - 6pm

Wednesday 9am - 9pm Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm

Public Holidays

Puke Ariki, community libraries and Taranaki Research Centre/Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki - Closed

Museum and i-SITE 9am - 5pm (closed Christmas Day)

Richmond Cottage

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

Community Libraries

Please find details here

Puke Ariki is an integrated museum, library, and research centre. It is located in central New Plymouth on Ariki St.

The i-SITE tourist information centre is situated in the Puke Ariki Museum foyer.

You can explore Puke Ariki’s three permanent galleries showcasing life in Taranaki, its unique geology, flora and fauna, and the museum’s Māori taonga. There are also two temporary galleries that house a wide range of changing exhibitions. 

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 at the museum, and free wifi is also available.  

Taranaki Research Centre/Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki is on the second floor of Puke Ariki Library, and holds an excellent collection of reference books, images and archives that relate to the history of Taranaki.