Puke Ariki Temporary Closure

Tuesday 24 March

NPDC has reviewed Puke Ariki operations following the Government’s announcement on the COVID-19 alert level, all Puke Ariki and Community Library facilities are closed until further notice.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience but we know our customers will understand this is an unprecedented situation and safety comes first.

During this time, we invite you to experience Puke Ariki from home and discover our digital library collections and the museum’s online resources.

You will find more information about protecting yourself, your colleagues, and your whānau on the Ministry of Health website   

If you have questions about our services while we are closed please visit our Latest Information FAQs.

Opening Hours















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 $1 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:

  • Coins
  • Paywave
  • Credit card
  • Paymypark app

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.


Facilities and Amenities

Eating and Drinking

Tours and Experiences

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.