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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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Worth the time taken to get there. A stunning place and retains its honorable history in remembering our heroes. Thank you all.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Angela and Mike R
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Worth the time taken to get there. A stunning place and retains its honorable history in remembering our heroes. Thank you all.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Called by here with my 8 year old grandson, before leaving Waiouru en route to Wellington. Very informative with great displays, & is set out brilliantly. Grandson was equally impressed as there were lots there for kids to enjoy too.

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Very well put together and informative. A big wake up call to all those who have not served their country like these brave boys. My brother who served in the Canadian army was enthralled, especially with Charles Upham, VC and Bar!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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202 reviews 202 reviews
70 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

It is too easy to just drive on through Waiouru and say, "Next time, when the weather is better and we have more time." The problem is that there will never be enough time and it is pointless expecting the weather to be any different! This place is amazing and somewhere every Kiwi should visit, whether you are five or... More 

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

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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