Puke Ariki Update on Services

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 at Ministry of Health website   

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



Puke Ariki includes a museum, libraries, an i-SITE and a research centre. Select the part you would like to visit for information on location, parking, hours and facilities.


Covid-19 Information

Following the Government’s announcements on public gatherings, we have decided to temporarily close Puke Ariki. This includes the Museum, Library, Taranaki Research Centre, Puke Ariki Store and New Plymouth i-SITE.

The Inglewood, Bell Block and Ōākura Libraries will remain open, Waitara Library is currently closed as a precaution.

The well-being of our staff and visitors is important to us.

We have developed some guidelines for visiting us in line with the Ministry of Health. 

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Opening Hours

Puke Ariki Museum, Library, the i-Site and the Taranaki Research Centre are all open Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm. The Library is also open from 9am - 9pm on Wednesdays.

Hours vary for the community libraries.

To find out when we are open check out our Opening Hours.

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Building Map

Our building map can help you find your way around our central New Plymouth site. You can see where to find:

  • building entrances
  • toilets
  • ramps
  • car parking  and more.

Building Map

Venue Hire

Looking for a venue for your special occasion? You can hire the Puke Ariki Museum foyer or a selection of other rooms both at our central New Plymouth site and at some of our community libraries.

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