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Puke Ariki

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Address: 1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
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A Museum of character.

A must-see for visitors. It's a new but friendly way of orientations yourself to what happened around here in the past- from volcanoes to fashion. It's got a great library... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Caro B
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must-see for visitors. It's a new but friendly way of orientations yourself to what happened around here in the past- from volcanoes to fashion. It's got a great library attached. If you have small children and an hour or two,to spare I recommend the children's library downstairs. Have a go at surfing on dry land and find out how... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well set out, nice building, plenty of staff on. Something for all ages. Location is good. Nice views out of the windows including art on other buildings.

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Waitara, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a great job Puke Ariki has done in making things so interesting for Adults and children. Took both sets of mokopuna too their latest display Insects, spiders and all things crawly as far as I could see. Our Grandees loved the exhibition and did not want to leave. Thanks Puke Ariki it cost nothing but a quick donation and... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took my teenage daughter and niece for a day out and spent a very happy 4 hours at the museum. The variety of displays are great to keep everyone interested, from live bugs to local history to geological anomalies, we had a ball. There were plenty of interactive displays, as well as the more traditional museum exhibits. The best... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very interesting museum, lots of local history as well as an exhibition on bugs of various sorts which I found fascinating. This was my second visit, the last several years ago but this was just as enjoyable.

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Taranaki Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pukekura Park is an amazing park and from mid December until early February the park is lit up with awesome lighting display. This year the "poet's bridge" looks spectacular. The lighting display at the park is on at the same time every year and it is well worth a visit. Outdoor entertainment on the Hatchery lawn in the park each... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great regional museum, centrally located alongside an iSite information centre. Excellent curated collections of regional and Maori culture as well as revolving exhibits. There is usually a child friendly element to the scheduled exhibition, but there is also children based activities in the curated collection. Well worth checking out. Skip dinning at the adjacent restaurants, they've been habitually disappointing.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Puke Ariki centre has interesting information on Maori life in the Mt Taranaki area and also includes an i-Site (tourist information) and a library. The design is also fascinating. Well worth a visit!

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Thank Billton
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this museum and spent a few hours here on a windy day. The bugs exhibition was excellent and interactive. We also enjoyed learning about the history of the Taranaki region.

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Thank traceyp675
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids were inside exploring the various things to do while I sat outside in the sun enjoying a coffee...later we all had breakfast together at the café...very recommendable!

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