Opening Hours


10:00AM – 5:00PM


10:00AM – 5:00PM


10:00AM – 5:00PM


10:00AM – 5:00PM


10:00AM – 5:00PM


10:00AM – 5:00PM


10:00AM – 5:00PM

Public Holidays

The Taranaki Research Centre is closed on public holidays. On Anzac weekend the Taranaki Research Centre is open from 10am - 5pm on Sunday 25 April but is closed on Monday 26 April. 

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.

Archives have to be brought to the reading room for you to look at, so please allow time for us to do this when you visit. We usually get items as soon as you request them but sometimes it can take longer.

If you find an item you would like to look at online, you can phone us on (06) 759 6060 before you visit and we will have it ready for you to look at.

Other Heritage Items  

You will need to make an appointment to view other heritage items. Please contact us to make an appointment.

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 $20 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.