National Army Museum, Waiouru

(4.6/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
Be inspired by the bravery of New Zealand's armed forces at National Army Museum, an extensive collection of military exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia. The museum houses traveling exhibits alongside their permanent collection, with detailed information panels teaching you about the lives of soldiers and the history of the country's army. Smartphone and video tours offer further insight into the narrative of conflicts and the technological developments that have changed warfare over the ages. Extensive grounds display a variety of tanks, helicopters, and other military vehicles from different time periods. National Army Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Waiouru Edition.
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TripAdvisor
  • 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 b...  more »
  • This is a great travel through time with the NZ Army, great displays and lots to learn. The new addition of the cafe and store are very nice.  more »
  • Many travellers will pass through Waioru without planning to visit this fascinating museum. It has a clean and well managed cafe as well, so if you are on your travels it is worth dropping in for a fl...  more »
Google
  • Great place to stop. Whilst it's a little tired, the facilities, displays, and information is still off a high standard. Staff are knowledgeable and keen to talk. Thank you!
  • Good place to visit. National pride. Looks great when it snows. Great for a days drive from Wellington.
  • Nice Cafe, great food. Friendly staff A1
  • A good broad coverage of our military history. Plenty of fantastic pieces. Lacking much of the innovation seen at the likes of Te Papa and Auckland museum.
  • Worth having a look but to be honest it's looking a bit tired. After seeing the 2 Gallipoli displays in Wellington that Peter Jackson did and then seeing this you can see that it is in need of some work. That said there is a lot here and interesting.