Puke Ariki

Top choice Museum

in New Plymouth
Image by Lasting Images / Getty Images
Image by Lasting Images / Getty Images

Translating as ‘Hill of Chiefs’, Puke Ariki was once a (fortified village) site, and is now home to the i-SITE, a fab regional museum, a library, a cafe and Arborio restaurant. The excellent museum has an extensive collection of Māori artefacts, plus colonial, mountain geology and wildlife exhibits. We hope the shark suspended above the lobby isn't to scale.