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National Army Museum

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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

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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Very informative

Very interesting and informative. Lots of text to read but also good quality exhibits and enough to keep children and adults entertained. A good place to stop on the otherwise... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting and informative. Lots of text to read but also good quality exhibits and enough to keep children and adults entertained. A good place to stop on the otherwise empty road south/north.

Thank ADP29
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see attraction for anyone interested in our military/war history. Excellent displays and a good shop as well!

Thank Kirstin B
Cambridge, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here in the school holidays to do research for my first WW1 Anzac war story & Poetry book. This is where I discovered New Zealands fine military history alongside lifelike displays. The Kippenberger Military Archive and Research library was helpful. They also fave a cafe on site and museum shop where you may purchase books, gifts etc. There... More 

Thank karina f
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being a small town we as a famiy wanted to pass but the stop was worthwhile. As we left a story had been told of where the army was, is and will be. The developments that the army goes are also relative in our lives always improve on what you were yesterday.

Thank Brighton M
Alberta, Canada
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this Museum: very well organized, emotional and a place of great pride for Kiwis.We didn't even know about the National Army Museum; we were driving north from Wellington to Rotorua in torrential rain, a lengthy, dull and boring drive as and when the rains eased off. All of a sudden, as the clouds lifted, the signs to the... More 

Thank amigadelmondo
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many exhibitions that have been meticulously put together and looked after. I learned a lot while walking through the many exhibits. Well worth the $15 entry fee!

Thank m_lfoote
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband wanted to stop here, I was thinking how boring and was pleasantly surprised! Loved it, it was amazing, wonderful displays, history at its best. Proud to be a kiwi :-)

Thank GlowingAdventures
Wellington, New Zealand
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93 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

You will need at least 2 hours to do this museum justice. I have visited Army and War museums the world over and this would have to be one of the best I have visited right here in our own back yard It is incredibly well done and very emotional in some parts and even has a section on the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Bottom line: We planned a visit here long in advance because we knew we'd do the Rotorua-Wellington drive. It is a nice museum, that you could spend a solid hour at, but will not have the level of detail or quality of presentation at the Great War Exhibition or Te Papa in Wellington. Who we are: family of four American... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This is a very well presented and very large museum which gives a detailed history of the NZ army. It contains many different dip lays and costs 15 dollars per adult to visit. We did not really have the time to do it justice and you should allow at least two hours. The car park contains a display of tanks... More 

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