Put a few hours aside to explore the museum galleries at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth's ground-breaking cultural centre.
Puke Ariki is a museum, library, heritage site 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 enjoyable and educational.
There are five gallery spaces to explore - Reef Live!, Te Takapou Whariki o Taranaki, Taranaki Naturally, Taranaki Life, and the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. Collectively, the galleries celebrate the uniqueness of Taranaki from 30 million years ago to today.
Highlights include the interactive boat experience of Reef Life!, a walk-in replica pioneering hut from the early 1900s, 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.