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historic new plymouth comes alive!

Visit the historic buildings and imagine the trials and triumphs experienced by early settlers in this three kilometre guided walk of New Plymouth.



The Puke Ariki Guided Historical Walk takes you through the central city area with an experienced local guide relating events, developments and anecdotes - from the settler's arrival in New Plymouth in 1841 through to the time that a viable community was established some 40 or 50 years later.

On the one hand the early years of settlement involve stories of an initial struggle to survive in conditions of desperate isolation and deprivation followed by a military siege of the new township, warfare and sickness.

On the other hand there are tales of colourful individual characters and successful developments of farming and business enterprises as the community found its feet.

The tour guide’s commentary is backed up with an illustrated booklet containing the main points of interest. This provides you with a memento of your experience as well as a useful bibliography should you wish to undertake further reading.

About the walk

Suitable for children aged over 10 years to senior citizens. Children under the age of 10 years are the responsibility of attending adults.

There is a small hill climb of moderate incline that can be omitted. All bookings are to be made through the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at Puke Ariki.

The walk can be taken as a bus tour with guide provided for those who would prefer not to walk it.

When: 1pm Sundays or by arrangement through the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

Duration: Approximately two hours.


Individual bookings: (All bookings include the purchase of one booklet.) One person = $10, two people =  $15, three or more “family” booking = $20. No charge for school aged young people.

Conference/group bookings: $5 per head plus $5 group charge for one booklet.

Bus/tour groups:
$10 per head for walk tour – includes purchase of booklet.
$10 per head for gallery tour

$15 per head for both walk and one hour gallery tour – includes booklet.
School groups: $1 per head plus $10 per group – includes one booklet. (Can be arranged through education team or independently through VIC.)

Self guided option - CD hire: $30 refundable bond + $15 per machine and CD hire – includes booklet.

Contact: i-SITE (information centre)
Email: info@npdc.govt.nz
Phone: 06-759 6060


ALSO AVAILABLE: 'If Stones Could Talk' explores the use of stones in developing New Plymouth. Purchase the book ($5.00) with information and maps at i-SITE for a self-guided verson or a guide can be booked if required