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Address: 1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-759 6060
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Good Local history musuem + bugs

Good museum – extensive Maori history offering of carvings, weapons and interesting local stories, a geological section and the pioneering history from day 1 to just a while ago... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
GDay1044
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Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good museum – extensive Maori history offering of carvings, weapons and interesting local stories, a geological section and the pioneering history from day 1 to just a while ago – lots of displays and informative narrative – as an extra there was a section devoted to bugs with some live exhibits which was fascinating – there is a café, restaurant... More 

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Thames, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The i-site is well staffed and very helpful. The centre is a beautifully crafted design. The linking with the library and resource centre makes it all so user friendly. The Maori exhibition is outstanding. Sadly had run out of time to view the bug show, but could see that it was well enjoyed by others. Well dome New Plymouth planners... More 

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the visit. It looks impressive from the outside but what really encouraged us to look was a recommendation from a local. The 'Bugs' display was amazing. Insects alive and dead. Wonderful for children of all ages and pretty good for adults too. There is a comprehensive section on local history, a well laid out and interesting section on... More 

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Thank Nigel H
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum with heavy emphasis on local early history both Maori and European. Set out so displays are interactive and easy to follow

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Thank 500Chris500
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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526 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

It is one of the good I-Site in NZ to get any information of the locality, friendly staff with a lot of useful information. This Puke Ariki has more than one function, as a Visitor Information, a Museum and also a Library. Located in the city centre, at the opposite site of the Icon of New Plymouth, the famous Wind... More 

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Taranaki, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Taranaki's history is preserved well in the region's main museum. There are other regional museums if you are mobile which are worth a visit

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Thank HON1963
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Love going to the Museum....love looking at the different displays they feature, especially the Under the Sea exhibit which my kids loved recently. Learn about Taranaki and it's history here. Great on any day to visit...for young and old.

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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

When Americarna is on this is the place to be on the Saturday morning.All the rides and attractions are FREE for the children and it doznt get better than that! Great spot for a picnic or sunbath when weather permits!

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Thank Terrance W
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Interestingly designed and easy to access, this museum is a real treasure for the city. Artefacts were informatively displayed using modern practice including touch screens and audio in the Historical and Maori sections. While we did not cover all the museum's exhibits, we certainly appreciated what we covered.

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Thank AnneOrewa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Entering the Museum side of a Puke Ariki your greeted by a LifeSize model of an extinct shark looming down at you from the ceiling. The attractions are not old and stuffy in fact a lot of them are interactive enhancing and encouraging you to absorb the information. This is a great place to visit all year round and the... More 

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