Opening Hours

Mon 20 May

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Tue 21 May

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Wed 22 May

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Thu 23 May

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Fri 24 May

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Sat 25 May

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Sun 26 May

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Public Holidays

Puke Ariki Museum, the i-SITE and the Puke Ariki Store are open every day of the year, except Christmas Day. 

Entry Costs

It is free to enter all parts of Puke Ariki Museum.

Getting Here

Puke Ariki museum is located at 65 St Aubyn Street in the centre of New Plymouth. It is across the road from the walkway and the Len Lye wind wand.


There are two main entrances to Puke Ariki, one is from Ariki Street and the other is from St Aubyn Street. The Ariki Street entrance takes you into the library and St Aubyn Street takes you into the museum. The museum and library are joined by an overbridge that crosses Ariki Street, so it doesn’t matter which entrance you come in through you can get to any part of the building.


There is a paid carpark located underneath the museum. It has space for cars and campervans. There are two mobility carparks.

There is 10 minute parking in front of the museum on St Aubyn Street.

The parking in the paid car park is $3 per hour 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday. It is free to park in New Plymouth District Council car parks on Sunday. You can pay for parking with:

There is more parking throughout the central city. Information on other carparks is available through New Plymouth District Council.


Most New Plymouth bus routes stop near Puke Ariki. Information on routes and timetables is available through Taranaki Regional Council.

Bikes, scooters and skateboards

Bikes, scooters, skateboards and similar transport are not permitted inside the museum. Please ask the Puke Ariki visitor hosts about available options to store these during your visit.


All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available from our foyer desk.

Facilities and Amenities

Eating and Drinking

To protect our treasures please only consume food and drink in the museum foyer. Alcohol is not permitted on the premises. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, or check out our dining options below.

Tours and Experiences

Find out about tours and experiences at Puke Ariki, including guided historic walks and the Puke Ariki Ruru Hunt!

See our tours and experiences here

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To protect our taonga and make sure everyone’s visit is enjoyable, please:

  • Conduct yourself responsibly and be respectful to others.
  • Follow any signage at entrances and inside our galleries/exhibition spaces.
  • Ensure that children under the age of 14 are accompanied and actively supervised by an adult throughout their visit.
  • Note that smoking is not permitted.

School Visits

We provide education sessions at Puke Ariki for school students of all ages.

Information on our programmes and visiting guidelines are available in our schools section.



Puke Ariki Museum Virtual Foyer

Take a virtual tour of Puke Ariki Museum Foyer.

Have a look here

We wish you a safe and enjoyable visit. If you require any assistance please see our Puke Ariki visitor hosts.