Puke Ariki: Whare Pukapuka, Whare Taonga, Mōhiohio Manuhiri

Puke Ariki: Library, Museum, Visitor Information

Puke Ariki is an integrated knowledge hub. The central New Plymouth site combines a museum, library, research centre and i-SITE. Puke Ariki also has five community libraries and a mobile library.

Contact details

Address: 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Phone: 06 759 6060

Opening hours: check each page below for individual opening times.

Admission: free

Puke Ariki

Covid-19 : Alert Level Orange

  • Puke Ariki, all our Community Libraries and customer centres are open.
  • You’ll need to continue scanning in, wearing a mask and physically distancing.
  • To attend the Daily News Café you’ll need to show My Vaccine Pass
  • The hours of operation are the same, although we won’t hold a Wednesday late night at Puke Ariki library, instead closing at 6pm.
  • Our Housebound Service is operating and it may be contactless delivery.
  • Justice of the Peace, Tui Ora and Community Law sessions at the libraries are running.
  • The Mobile Library will operate from 10 January 2022 with restrictions on numbers.
  • Puke Ariki museum education classes are on hold for the remainder of Term 4. We welcome bookings for classes in Term 1, 2022.

Puke Ariki Museum and Store

Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Puke Ariki Museum, i-SITE and Store are open every day except for Christmas Day

Explore Puke Ariki’s three permanent galleries showcasing life in Taranaki, its unique geology, flora and fauna, and the museum’s Māori taonga. Two temporary galleries house a wide range of changing exhibitions.

Find out more about our exhibitions and visiting the museum.

Puke Ariki Library

Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Puke Ariki Library is closed on public holidays.

All Taranaki residents are eligible for library membership. Puke Ariki library members can access a great selection of adults’ and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, ebooks, DVDs, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines. Regular events and community programmes run in all the libraries and free wifi is available.  

Search the collection

Taranaki Research Centre

Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Taranaki Research Centre is closed on public holidays.

Taranaki Research Centre/Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki holds an excellent collection of reference books, images and archives that relate to the history of Taranaki. It is located on the second floor of Puke Ariki Library. Discover the tales of Taranaki through Te Rangi Aoao Nunui our online historical and cultural stories database.

Find out more about research and heritage at Puke Ariki.

Search the heritage collection


Enter from 1 Ariki Street and 65 St Aubyn Street 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm
The i-SITE is open every day except for Christmas Day

The i-SITE Visitor Centre should be your first stop if you need travel advice and bookings for tours, activities, events and accommodation in New Plymouth.
Pick up a selection of maps and brochures or chat to our friendly team of local and impartial experts about making the most of your visit.
We are agents for Tranz Scenic Trains, Interislander and Blue Bridge ferries as well as Intercity. And better still, our service is free.

Conveniently located within the Puke Ariki building on St Aubyn Street and open every day of the week, the New Plymouth i-SITE is a valuable source of information about New Plymouth District, Taranaki and New Zealand.

Richmond Cottage

2-6 Ariki Street

Richmond Cottage is temporarily closed.

Explore this 1850s settler cottage that has been preserved in its original condition. See what it was like for the first European settlers to New Plymouth.

Community Libraries

Puke Ariki includes five community libraries and a mobile library. The libraries in Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara are also NPDC Service Centres, where you can pay bills,  register your dog and much more.

All of the community libraries are closed on public holidays. For more information see Visiting our Libraries.