Put a few hours aside to explore the museum galleries at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth's groundbreaking cultural centre.
Puke Ariki is a museum, library and information centre all in one. It also has a restaurant and a cafe. The two wings of the innovative complex are joined by an airbridge. As a visitor to New Plymouth, you'll find the exhibitions at Puke Ariki both entertaining and educational. There are five gallery spaces to explore - Taranaki Naturally, Taranaki Life, the Taranaki Experience, the Te Takapou Whariki o Taranaki and the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. Collectively, the galleries celebrate the uniqueness of Taranaki from 30 million years ago to today. Highlights include a real-life walk-through cow shed, a glass forest displaying the region's plants and animals and a captivating 12-minute multi-media theatre show that celebrates all things Taranaki. Admission is free, although there may be a charge for special exhibitions. The information centre at Puke Ariki provides a full range of brochures, advice and information for visitors. The centre can also handle bookings for accommodation, transportation, events and attractions.