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Puke Ariki

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E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e nga iwi o ngā hau e whā, tēnā koutou
Nau mai haere mai ki Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki stands on what was a great pā site, Puke Ariki (The Hill of the Chief). The complex, which was opened in 2003, is now a knowledge centre for Taranaki history, library and information. Puke Ariki has great significance for Taranaki and its people. It is a place where all people can meet.

Puke Ariki tells the stories of Taranaki through collections, exhibitions, programmes and digital technology. This centre aims to inspire and link our past to the future and to the world for everyone to learn and enjoy.

Puke Ariki’s extensive heritage collection is divided into four main areas: Taonga Māori, Social History, Pictorial and Archives. All of these collections are Taranaki focused and they provide an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in Taranaki’s heritage.

Collection Type
Art, History, Military, Natural History, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconPrivate Bag 2025, New Plymouth
Telephone number icon64-6-759 6060
Web address iconhttp://www.pukeariki.com
Email address iconimages@pukeariki.com

Visitor Information
Physical address icon1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9am – 6pm Wednesday, 9am – 9pm Sat, Sun, 9am – 5pm
Charges iconAdmission is free (some temporary exhibitions are charged).

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Visitor information services/museum brochures/tourist brochures.


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Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosuars

Step back in time 290 million years to when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs. ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 19-Jun-2018, 20-Jun-2018, 21-Jun-2018, 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018 View more sessions

The Golden Age: 20th Century Wood Engravings

The Golden Age brings together examples of this remarkably delicate medium by major British artists alongside their New Zealand contemporaries. The exhibition is divided into four themes that captivated wood ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 19-Jun-2018, 20-Jun-2018, 21-Jun-2018, 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Permian Monsters: Low Sensory Experience

Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition, on the ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 20-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 04-Jul-2018, 11-Jul-2018, 18-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018 View more sessions

AdLib - Puke Ariki Library Festival

Puke Ariki's first ever literary festival celebrates libraries, liberty and literature. Puke Ariki is going all out with a tightly packed festival, super squished with fun. Brighten up on this fat solstice sandwich ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 21-Jun-2018, 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018

Permian Monsters: Palaeontology Experience

This is your chance to wear your best adventurer outfit. Learn more about fossils, palaeontology, and the science behind the discovery of million year old creatures! Spaces are limited and bookings are required, call ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 10-Jul-2018, 11-Jul-2018

CMNZ Presents: The Korekore

Chamber Music New Zealand and Puke Ariki are joining forces to present a Matariki inspired tour that showcases elements of chamber music, video, Māori music and storytelling in unique settings outside the concert ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 16-Jul-2018

Te Korekore: A Performance for Puanga

Puoro Taiwhanga Aotearoa (Chamber Music New Zealand) presents a Puanga inspired show! This multi-disciplinary and multi-genre performance weaves the traditional story of Tinirau and Kae with video art, storytelling, ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 16-Jul-2018

Water and Us: Puke Ariki Talk With Anthony Wilson

Water is an important resource and a highly contested current issue. With recent events here in New Plymouth, events in Havelock North, and the water crisis in South Africa, this is a topic foremost in many people’s ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 25-Jul-2018

Permian Monsters: Paleoartistry With Julius Csotonyi

International paleoartist, Julius Csotonyi, will be visiting Puke Ariki to chat with guests on how his scientific background has impelled him to strive to restore as realistically as possible the curiously alien ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 05-Aug-2018

Storylines Story Tour

Join us for a free seminar evening for adults, parents, teachers, librarians and anyone interested in ensuring young people’s love of reading is encouraged! Keep this night free to hear authors talk about how to ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 08-Aug-2018