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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
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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From the beginning to the end this was an excellent attraction. The poppies that have been made were very moving, and the greenstone weeping wall brings a lump to your throat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

From the beginning to the end this was an excellent attraction. The poppies that have been made were very moving, and the greenstone weeping wall brings a lump to your throat. Watched several of the films, and wound our way round the museum. We had a wheelchair with us, which means you need to go back on yourself a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Was a little unsure as the brochure was understate, but this was very interesting and well worth a look. Some good stories to read off. Actual tanks and military vehicles inside and out. Kids would enjoy.

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

It looks from the outside like the NZ nuclear bunker, lol, but don't be put off, because inside is an amazing museum dedicated to the NZ military efforts in both world wars and other wars. Staff are helpful and pleasant and there are tanks outside for kids to climb and fall off of! What more could you ask for?

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Diss, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

It being a horrible windy and rainy morning, our hosts recommended a visit to the Museum. It was memorable - we had no idea of the detail and scope of New Zealand military history. It was good to see a couple of well behaved school trips there and it was obvious they were equally enthralled. Whatever the weather, this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A must see destination on your journey South. You will need to spend a good couple of hours at the museum, but the investment in the time is well worth it. Thought provoking displays of the development of the NZ army through the years, highlighting key events in our history.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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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34 helpful votes 34 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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71 attraction reviews
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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