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National Army Museum

State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
06 387 6911
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Waiouru
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,... more » 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. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth the stop in. We took a group of Scouts and they all found something that interested them. Very informative, moving and well presented sets. Clipboards with questions for the kids to find the answers kept them all engaged.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We come here at least once a year, when we are staying at nearby Ohakune. The kids love playing on the tanks outside and are kept busy inside easily enough. The staff can cater with all ages with treasure hunts and other activities. The dress-up room is always a hit. I'm impressed that there are always changes and new additions.... More

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Hamilton
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Visited principally because I am researching my father’s war service. He was an escaped POW in Italy, and I wanted to see what information may be available at the museum. Apart from being given a contact name and email address, we were blown away by the amount of war service that NZ servicemen and women have been engaged in over... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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88 reviews 88 reviews
43 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We came here just after Anzac Day so things military had been in the news the whole week. This is a well curated and sensitive museum with a good range of permanent and temporary exhibitions covering all New Zealand's military conflicts from the Land Wars of the 19th century to recent UN (and other) engagements including East Timor and Afghanistan.... More

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Cornwall
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33 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Thought i would visit this place on my drive up from Wellingtion to Napier on state highway one. Not on the most direct route to Napier but wanted to look around this place. Plenty of parking out front in the large car park. There was a cafe inside to get refreshments etc. The places outside were like most garrison towns... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Doesn't look inviting but don't let the exterior put you off. Inside are some wonderful themed exhibitions, helpful staff and good cafe. There is no doubt the NZ Army had some very tough times in both world wars and as a Brit I salute them. Their loyalty and determination to not let the side down is evident for all to... More

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Waiouru, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Museum should have something for everyone as it covers the history of plus contemporary Army deployments. There is an interactive area for the kids, commentary available in a number of languages plus custodians on the look out for people to help. The medal display is extremly well set out and features an excellent range of medals. Start your tour... More

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We always stop here for a meal when we are passing through. The view of Mt Ruapehu from the dining area is great and it is always open and always very clean. We really like the food - fresh and very good value. The museum display was a delight for our elderly parents and changes regularly.

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