Puke Ariki – Heritage ‘Taranaki Style’

Puke Ariki is an innovative museum, library and information centre that combines learning, knowledge, resources and heritage objects for a visitor experience that is like no other. Situated in New Plymouth between Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea, visitors can connect with the stories of the region’s past, present and future.

It’s also home to a large digital heritage collection, and remote visitors can enjoy the objects, papers, photographs and maps linked to Taranaki’s history.

Puke Ariki has been a valued content partner of DigitalNZ since we first began. In that time the Puke Ariki records available on DigitalNZ have increased over 400 per cent. We recently worked with them to bring in a large update and now there are over 20,000 items available for you to explore and enjoy. The DigitalNZ set 'A day at the Taranaki' with some of the great content from Puke Ariki's heritage collections.shows off some of the amazing content Puke Ariki has to offer.

Mt Taranaki

Mount Taranaki by James Walter Chapman-Taylor 24 June 1878

Milk the backbone of the nation [poster]

The rich volcanic soil has made Taranaki a great place for dairy farming.

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Drilling mast destined for the Maui tower Maui platform, New Plymouth

Taranaki is also known as New Zealand’s energy province.