Museum sights in Taranaki
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Translating as ‘Hill of Chiefs’, Puke Ariki is home to the i-SITE, a museum, library, a cafe and the fabulous Arborio restaurant. The excellent museum has an extensive collection of Maori artefacts, plus colonial and wildlife exhibits (...we hope the shark suspended above the lobby isn't life-size). The regular ‘Taranaki Experience’ show tells the history of the province while the audience sits in podlike seats that rumble and glow.
Around 9.5km south of New Plymouth is this roadside museum, with ramshackle displays of old planes, trains, automobiles and general household miscellany. Ask to see the stuff made by the amazing bee guy (hexagons ahoy!).