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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 magnificent chronicle of the history of the New Zealand Army and the role it has played around the world over the past 150 years.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Matt P
Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A magnificent chronicle of the history of the New Zealand Army and the role it has played around the world over the past 150 years.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The last time I was at this museum was back in the mid 1980's so I was keen to go back for another look. It is a great museum with a great array of weapons and displays. Well worth visiting when passing through Waiouru.

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Katikati, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Army Museum is a great stop off while driving either North or South. on the Main State Highway.. It is of great historical significance to New Zealanders and of course to the NZ Army part of which is based at Waiouru. Without going into it, you will be blown away and it is worthy of a stop, and... More 

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falmouth, maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i'm a WWII buff and a fan of NZ. I grew up outside NYC and of course figured if your town didn't have the Metropolitan museum of Art, or MOMA, or museum of Natural history - come on - who were you kidding. Rednecks.... Well, you seen one massive museum, you've seen 'em all...and I have done OK...Prado, Deutsches, Field,... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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 July 23, 2016 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 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 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 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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.

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