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National Army Museum

State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
+64 6-387 6911
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Step into history

My husband and I spent hours enjoying the displays and learning the history of the New Zealand... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cherylne
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Ingleburn, Australia
Below standard

Hadn't been here for 20 or so years. Displays well done but let down by poor food at the cafe and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
keriman
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Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
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State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
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+64 6-387 6911
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I spent hours enjoying the displays and learning the history of the New Zealand army. Displays were well kept and informative. Loved the fact that I was able to search for family members who had served New Zealand, the tears on Greenstone...More

Thank Cherylne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't been here for 20 or so years. Displays well done but let down by poor food at the cafe and generally disinterested staff.

Thank keriman
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The wife and I stopped here during a freak blizzard as we were driving south. Was a great stop with lots of history to see. Worth the visit and doesn't take too long to see it all. If your in the area it's worth stopping...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

We had such a great time here. The kids absolutely loved dressing up in the kids HQ. Impressive displays and friendly staff!

Thank Hayley M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We try and have plenty of activities for the kids to do.

Reviewed 28 April 2017

Had a great day. Needed far more time to read all the incredibly detailed and informative boards. Was great to see an SLR in its broken down form. Great memories for me as it was the same model as I used in marksman competitions. Such...More

Thank keithmegkai1
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for your feedback.

Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Really good museum and it has really good displays and it is very interesting to read. The shop is a great place to find good fiction and nonfiction books on the wars NZ has been in. The only thing s the price, but it is...More

Thank SamuelCase
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed your visit. The Museum is a Registered Charitable Trust and the revenue from admissions is put back into the museum to pay for exhibits, educational programmes and the care of the objects in our collection. We appreciate...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

While The National Army Museum is predominantly showing the European side of New Zealand's Military history there is quite a bit of Māori history I saw in the structure and the way the Army worked, If you can allow 3 or more hours to look...More

Thank Macca M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks for your positive words, it means a lot to the staff who work here.

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Don't order hot food from the cafe , it takes forever to get it. Stop here regularly while traveling and the cafe staff are always slow But the Museum is of a very high standardMore

Thank ScottWetherall
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks for your comments and sorry to hear of your poor Cafe experience. The Cafe is an important part of our museum experience and whilst we outsource this function to a separate company we strive to work hard together to deliver an excellent product and...More

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

I recommend you plan to stop at the National Army Museum in Waiouru on your drive through the centre of the North Island. The exhibits are engaging and it is very sobering to consider the hardship and deprivation that our defence personnel have endured to...More

Thank Kiwitraveller502011
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Thanks for your review.

Reviewed 10 April 2017

The staff were incredible - Knowledgable and friendly. Really good exhibits ranging from the Boer war, to WWI and WWII. Great array of equipment and exhibits to highlight what the brave NZ lads have been up to, throughout the past 100 years. Kiwis have been...More

Thank Zappafan5797
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Thanks for your feedback.

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