Puke Ariki


New Plymouth District Council


New Plymouth

Completion Date


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Master Planning
  • Urban Design
  • NZIA Regional Award, Public Architecture
  • Property Council of NZ & Rider Hunt Property Awards, Merit Award
  • Registered Master Builders National, Gold Reserve
A place of wonder, of excitement, of discovery and adventure.

Museum, Library and Information Centre

In the early 90’s, with only 5% of its collection on display, the New Plymouth Museum had well and truly run out of space. The $26 million dollar project to expand New Plymouth’s museum and library facilities began in 1997

This project began with a review of contemporary museum facilities in Australia and New Zealand. A study of layers of history relating to the site provided the starting point for the concept. A brief was prepared for a new museum as well as redevelopment of the city library within the existing museum buildings.


+ August 1997, Concept plan

+ February 1998, Developed design and technical solution

+ October 1998, Review of public submissions

+ January 1999, Development options under review

+ September 2000, Working drawings and projected start on site

+ October 2001, Visitor Information Centre incorporated into complex

+ November 2002, Shell completion and hand over for fit-out

+ 14th June 2003, Opened by then Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Helen Clark

Further reading of the Puke Ariki story here>>