Experience the arrival in New Zealand of the first European settlers coming to start a new life on the other side of the world.

Explore how this felt to those families and what they found when they got here. Interactive features give hands-on experiences in the gallery. New learning can be approached from many angles after seeing this visually appealing exhibit.

This year we will be offering three options for the Taranaki Life Gallery. Only one option will be available per visit.

Junior Students

New entrant to Year 10

Students will learn about what it was like for European children and their families to travel across the world in a small (by today’s standards) ship to the other side of the world to start a new life. Learn about why they came, what they left behind and aspects of the journey.

We will draw many comparisons to life today and the lives of children the same age in the 1800s. The new exhibition shows aspects of the ship and its conditions, and a view of what they found when they arrived in ‘NEW’ Plymouth.

New Zealand Curriculum links:

  • Social Sciences: This topic covers many elements of Social Studies Levels 1-5
  • Technology: The Nature of Technology: This topic covers elements of Characteristics of Technology, Levels 1-5

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Please read our visiting guidelines before making a booking enquiry.

Contact us on 06-759 6710 or edpukeariki@npdc.govt.nz for further information or to discuss your requirements with us directly.

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