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Address: State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06 387 6911
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand...
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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My husband wanted to go to this museum and I planned to spend my time in the coffee shop as I have no interest at all in military history. I soon changed my mind and paid the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Highfields, Australia
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Highfields, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My husband wanted to go to this museum and I planned to spend my time in the coffee shop as I have no interest at all in military history. I soon changed my mind and paid the small admission fee when I saw the displays in the entrance foyer. This museum is interesting, informative and the curator has done a... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Fabulous museum with the most amazing historical items and exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. We spent more hours there than we anticipated, but there was just so much to see and to take in. The only (very minor) negative is that the site is a bit of a maze with surprises around every corner, but if you were short on... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Better than we expected, and we expected much. Very well done, and something for everyone: young, old, male, female. From the guns (big and small) to the history, the vehicles and the uniforms through the years, the dioramas, the nursing and battlefield medicine, the medals and the heroes. A well-balanced reminder of the many who fought and sacrificed. Makes you... More 

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Beenleigh, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Very interesting to hear about NZ's military history. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Bought some things in the gift shop. And we had a nice meal in the cafe. Lots of visitor information was provided too.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you're down this way it is worth visiting. You can get through in about 2 hours if you want to take it in while trying to do it reasonably quickly. It's well laid out with each war being represented in small sections. We had a Great Uncle in the war who we searched up and got information and a... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Not the prettiest buildings but the inside was a treat for anyone wanting to know more about any war and see the conditions endured. We went to see the wall of crafted poppies(having contributed some knitted ones)in honour of men from New Zealand killed in wars.More information in the museum.

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Waikato Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Fantast place to visit with the kids, very clean and tidy, so much to see and do, it took us two hours and that was a rush!! Cafe is very nice too. Prices wernt too bad. We certaintly learnt a lot

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Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A great place to visit! Faculties were very clean. Staff were very helpful. Displays were very well done. The museum also has a nice gift and coffee shop as well. Certainly a great learning experience!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Excellent clearly defined military displays covering WW1 and WWII. Would have liked to have seen more on other wars we have been involved in. Ie, Malaysia, Viet nam, Afghanistan. These were very limited in display format.

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Tauranga
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I have been taking my family here for over 20 years so have had a fair number of visits. I am continually impressed by the layout, the exhibits and amount of information available. It draws you in, encloses you in a time capsule and educates you in a way that connects the past with the present. War and defence is... More 

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