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National Army Museum

Address: State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06 387 6911
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Type: Museums
Owner description: The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Had 2 hours here before it closed. When we bought our tickets we were told we could come back on the same ticket anytime over the next year. So we stayed over in our self-contained motorhome and did another hour the next morning, but could have done more if time allowed. What a marvellous history of NZ's part in wars.... More 

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Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

As a natural place to stop when heading either north or south, we stopped twice on our trip up north and back. Unfortunately didn't have time to go through museum, need to make time for this in the future. The food and coffee are fine and is a great place to sit and look at the amazing view before heading... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The leaflet that I picked up for this really doesn't do it justice. I only had a couple of hours to spare for my visit but I could have easily spent a day here. For a small museum the exhibits are fascinating and this a role model for all museums, military or otherwise, should present themselves. I'd say it's more... More 

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Middlesbrough
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104 reviews 104 reviews
48 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Really interesting museum, lots for the whole family to enjoy, the enthusiast could spend all day here, but make no mistake there is something to keep everyone interested. There is also a really good café and shop with lots of easy parking and entrance fees are very reasonable. Oh, and don't forget your camera.

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I called into the Museum during the last school hoilidays and was so glad I did. In addition to the normal outstanding exhibits - on display was a scale model of the Museum's upcoming attraction, a full size Western Front Battle field, complete with trenches, bombed out churches, downed tanks and planes ,. . . . need I go on.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Very informative museum - so pleased we decided to go ahead and make the stop - extremely well set out and just wish we had a little more than the two hours we had to complete it. thoughtful, respectful and informative.

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Townsville, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very interesting museum even if not into military. The medals room was the favourite for my boys. The exhibits are very interesting and bring it all to life. You could spend hours here if you wanted.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

An excellent place to learn some history about our Army and look at all the gifted medals. They have done an excellent job in the refurb (since my last visit when I was 10 years old). The cafe is well worth a stop as well.

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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The National Army Museum at Waiouru is a must do on anyones agenda when traversing the North Island of New Zealand. The exhibits a first class, well laid out and informative. Children are able to do a trivia quiz whilst walking around looking at the exhibits. Make sure to allow yourself a good two hours minimum to get the full... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

$15 per adult. Well worth it. We drove to NAW and wanted to be the first ones in when it opened. Wheelchair to use is available free while in the museum. From 9am to about 2:30pm we went thru every area. Appreciate those that sacrificed their lives for us. They were a brave lot! Perfect for children to learn. Staff... More 

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