Exhibitions - Whakakitenga
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new at Puke ariki
Puke Ariki's journey of change continues as we forge on with our plans to refresh our long-term exhibition galleries. (Find out more about the driving force behind our plans here!)
Check out the whole new area dedicated to our Mounga along with other exciting new displays in the Taranaki Naturally gallery - you may have noticed Meg the shark is swimming in a different direction in readiness!
The Takapou Whāriki gallery has been updated and the amazing Motunui Epa are now on permanent display, and an updated interactive from the Bringing It Home exhibition has been installed in the Taranaki Life gallery to ensure that the stories of the Taranaki men and women who lived through those dark days of war are accessible to all.
Keep coming back to see what's new!
on show

Best In Show

18 July 2015 – 17 April 2016

Taranaki truly loves its dogs! More than 11,000 of them are registered in the New Plymouth district alone. What better way to celebrate our four-legged friends than by proudly displaying Puke Ariki’s canine collections?

Motunui Epa

Five epa (wooden panels) smuggled out of New Zealand 40 years ago have been returned to Taranaki.

The Motunui panels are now on permanent display in the Takapou Whāriki Gallery at Puke Ariki Gallery.


coming soon

Voyage To The Deep

21 May - 16 October 2016

Go 20,00 leagues under the sea without getting wet at Puke Ariki's fun, family exhibition!

Learn fascinating facts about the world under the waves while having a whale of a time!

Someone's Son

23 April - 22 May 2016

This exhibition of photographs provides a look at war through the eyes of well-known Taranaki cricketer, the late Stan Betts MBE. The display also includes a selection of his diary entries and paintings produced by his youngest son Maurice, based on the black and white images his father took.

A Different Angle: Taranaki's Eccentric Bee-Man Edgar Roy Brewster
3 June 2016 - 12 February 2017

Edgar Roy Brewster did not believe in right-angles. This exhibition explores the lengths he went to to a create an environment without them along with other aspects of his life.

One of the main features in the show is the history of the famous Norian (No RIght ANgles) house in Sanders Avenue, New Plymouth and includes some features of the building including a fascinating hexagonal chair and table.