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National Army Museum

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Address: State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06 387 6911
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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a great venue to visit

we stopped in for a quick visit between the mountain and napier. What a great place to send a couple of hours walking amongst New Zealand's army history

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Napier, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

we stopped in for a quick visit between the mountain and napier. What a great place to send a couple of hours walking amongst New Zealand's army history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This year my boy turned 6 and again he asked to go to the National Army Museum. We left from Cambridge mid morning and drove down stopping at Taupo for lunch. It's a lovely drive especially past lake Taupo and the Desert road. The museum is well set up with a lot to see. We generally check out the tanks... More 

Thank Markwsters1974
Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have driven past without stopping this trip our 6yr old is right into guns, army, and war so we allocated a travel stop to incorporate the museum. My wife and I were super impressed with the presentation and representation of the museum and our son was in heaven. They provided him with a treasure hunting map to find and record... More 

Thank David M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow Fantastic installations worthy of any art gallery and so very, very impressive. With a well equipped cafe and shop it's a one stop has all. What I found most exciting was how they used the space allocated to the museum, while it was compact the space was well utilised. I would highly recommend a visit to this museum, you... More 

Thank Marlaina C
New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A real credit to the New Zealand Army. Steeped in history and so educational for old and young alike. From the moment you drive up to every step you take you only see professionalism. Never seen a museum quite like it and will definitely be returning. Not the warmest place outside in the world but inside is stunningly inviting. The... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is very well put together and the displays are really good. They are varied and viewed from all aspects of different nations. There are interactive displays around the museum as well as small and large ordinance and detailed descriptions. Also cheap as chips $10 entry for seniors.

Thank Bernard R
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Love this place, the staff in the gift shop are wonderful and helpful. had real fun looking at all the little displays...and I'm a kiwi you think I would have seen all of these things in a gift shop before!! took allot of pictures around the tank and gun outside, was very enjoyable!

Thank Ang3ls
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent museum and full of stuff. The kids even got a treasure hunt to complete on the way round which slows them down helping the adults absorb the massive amount of information and display items.

Thank DaveDogNZ
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

We only had 40 mins before closing to view the museum so they gave us a pass to use within the next 12 months to comeback. Was great to revisit the exhibits and read the stories of the soldiers. Well worth a visit.

Thank Janne N
Gladstone, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Moving south from Taupo New Zealand we came upon this gem in not far south of the mountains. We spent a good 3 hours here. I had never heard of the NZ war museum before, and so glad we went in. Coming from Australia it made me proud to be part of our collective ANZAC heritage. Well worth the visit.

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