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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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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
40 helpful votes 40 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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187 reviews 187 reviews
97 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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28 reviews 28 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Rockhampton, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Came here as the friend I was travelling with loved military history, and it didn't disappoint. The building is very austere and unwelcoming on the outside, but on the inside its a different story. The exhibits are first-class, the history is not only of NZ (although that is obviously a large part of it) and while some of the exhibits... More

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Stopped off at the Museum but unfortunately only had an hour. It is worth a longer visit but we managed to get around in the hour. Very interesting and well laid out and informative.

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Southern Coromandel NZ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The children loved this experience which was appreciated more because of the help from the guide. lasting memories for children.

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Palmerston North City, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

From the outside the museum looks a bit formidable ....but inside your in for a treat. The displays are colorful and informative. Its easy to loose track of time. This was my second visit I went especially this time to see the exhibition "Harnessed" New Zealand war horses, it was smaller than I had hoped but there was a lot... More

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