Engage with real life soldiers’ stories, discover New Zealand’s military history, learn the campaigns of the New Zealand Army, and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.
Join friendly staff through guided tours for booked groups. Undertake one of their educational programmes or just browse their Research Centre — library and archives. Enjoy your lunch at the Rations café, then purchase a memento of your stay at the museum gift shop.
With car parking, whatever the reason for your visit they can assure you it will be a memorable one.
Just a few points not to miss during your visit are:
• Rich displays that chart the history of New Zealand’s Army.
• Realistic dioramas bringing the history and personal stories of the soldiers to life.
• Tears on Greenstone Memorial.
• Iconic military vehicles.
• Place where families can seek out and relate to family connections.
• Unique memorabilia.
• Comprehensive weapons collection.
• Extensive medal collection with outstanding Victoria Cross & NZ Cross collection.
The Museum functions as a memorial. It acquires, preserves and displays aspects of New Zealand’s military history, and serves as a research and teaching facility.
The National Army Museum is situated as part of a living Army environment next to the Waiouru Army Base, a unique fortress-like building which resembles a castle with a moat, in the middle of central North Island and gateway to Tongariro National Park.
Operating Hours & Admission
The National Army Museum is open daily year round with the except of Christmas Day. Normal operating hours are 9am to 4:30pm and the average visitor tends to spend around 1.5 at the museum.
Tours at National Army Museum
To help you navigate the museum visitors with smartphones can download a behind the scenes tour! Ask staff for more details during your visit or download the STQRY phone application form Google Play or the Apple Store prior to arrival.
Open daily from 9am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day) Home Fires Café offers a relaxed and family friendly dining setting with a selection of meal and snack options. The menu includes sandwiches, scones, muffins, savouries, sweet and more.
The National Army Museum houses a collection of temporary and permanent military exhibitions that include collections of New Zealand military equipment, photographs and memorabilia. Check out the website to see what’s on during your stay.
The National Army Museum is located on State Highway One &, Hassett Dr, Waiouru. Less than an hour drive from you accommodation staying at Skotel Alpine Resort.
For more information visit the National Army Museum Waiouru website.
Book your Accommodation with us here at Skotel Alpine Resort, New Zealand’s highest hotel. Offering guests a variety of room types, from backpacker rooms, to view rooms of the Park and the volcanic mountain peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu.