Opening Hours

Mon 15 Jul

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Tue 16 Jul

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Wed 17 Jul

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Thu 18 Jul

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Fri 19 Jul

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Sat 20 Jul

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Sun 21 Jul

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Public Holidays

The Taranaki Research Centre is closed on public holidays. 

How we can help

The Research Centre holds an excellent collection of books, images and archives about the history of Taranaki.

Our collection is for reference only, so you can use it when you visit but you can not borrow from it.

Our experienced researchers can get you started with your research. 

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We help you investigate lots of topics like researching the history of your street, learning about your whakapapa or gathering information for a school project.   

Not sure where to start or if we can help? 

Contact us to find out.

Visiting Us

We are located on the second floor of Puke Ariki library, next to the overbridge to the museum.

Published Material

Our published material like books and journals are on open shelves in our reading room. You can come in and read them during opening hours. They are listed in the library catalogue.



Our archives are listed on our collection database. You can search it online or at the Research Centre.

If you would like to view archives please book an appointment, listing the items you would like to see. We need at least 24 hours to action your request. If you have questions about this process please phone us on (06) 759 6060.

Other Heritage Items  

You will need to make an appointment with one of our curators to view other heritage items. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Reading Room Rules

  • No food or drink is allowed in our reading room (there are lockers available in the Museum foyer).
  • Please bring a pencil for note taking.
  • You can take digital images of our collection. No flash photography is allowed.

Research Services

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Our experienced research team can investigate our collection for you. Research for iwi claim cases is carried out free of charge.

For all other research the first 15 minutes of research is free, a charge of $25 for every 15 minutes applies thereafter.

We aim to complete research enquiries within 10 working days.

Copying and Reproductions

Photocopying and Scanning

Researchers can photocopy or scan items from our general reference collection for a standard charge (within copyright restrictions).

Archives cannot be photocopied for preservation reasons.

Digital Photography

Researchers can photograph material using their own camera or device for reference purposes only. You can not use a flash for preservation reasons. Please ask staff for assistance.

Ordering Images from the Collection

We can provide high quality digital images of many items from the heritage collection. You can place orders online or in person.

Find out more about image ordering.

Contact a Curator

If you would like to contact one of our curators directly you can find their contact details on the Our Curators page.