National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

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The Great Waiouru Community Bake Off


Great Bake Off - onlineWe want to create a signature dish for the Museum’s Home Fires Café and we need your help. The dish must have an ANZAC or Kiwiana theme and should be a cake, slice, or biscuit that can be served with tea or coffee. Download a flyer with event details and conditions here.

10am – 2pm

Friday, 28 April – Home Fires Café





April School Holiday Programme


1u0a0382Drop in these April School Holidays for an action-packed adventure at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa in Waiouru. Fun, hands-on activities will be offered to children and families in our educational and interactive Kidz HQ space during the holiday period.

Visitors to the Museum’s galleries can seek out artefacts in our Mystery Objects treasure hunt and those keen for a challenge can discover the amazing creatures who’ve helped our soldiers at war with the Animals at War Activity Trail. 

Additional Activities and Events:

17th – 28th April

9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday

Click to view full holiday programme

Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War 


After touring through 25 destinations around New Zealand in 2015 – 2016, our travelling exhibition Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War has made its way back to Waiouru. This outdoor exhibition, built in containers, tells the stories of ordinary New Zealanders in WWI. The stories of the Heartlanders are survivors’ tales and those who fell and never returned home to New Zealand. Original film footage sourced from New Zealand and overseas, period music and battle sounds together with original artefacts from the museum’s own collection accompany the tales of the Heartlanders. This exhibition will be on display on ANZAC Day.

8am – 2pm

25 April

Free admission


Going Underground: Tunnellers in WWI 

Featuring Kiwis Underground by Brett Killington & Tunnel Technology 


Self Portrait Arras Tunnels 2015 Brett Killington (2)

Self Portrait, Arras Tunnels – 2015

This photographic exhibition by Brett Killington explores the tunnels under Arras in France, shedding light on the lives of the Kiwi tunnellers who laboured and fought there during WWI. Killington has worked closely with the French government to gain access to many of the quarries and tunnels not seen by the general public and his photographs reveal a subterranean ‘New Zealand’ in the form of street and place names, graffiti and objects left behind by the New Zealand tunnellers. The exhibition will be complemented by artefacts from our own collection.

Open in the Freyberg Gallery


ANZAC Day 2017


Anzac Day 4ANZAC Day will be commemorated at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa with two public services on Tuesday 25 April 2017. The first service will be held at dawn beginning at 6am, while the later service will be held at 11am. The ceremonies will be supported by military personnel from the nearby Waiouru Military Training Facility. At the conclusion of the dawn service, the Museum and Home Fires Cafe will open to the public at the special time of 7am and will remain open until our normal closing time of 4.30pm. Services provided within the Museum building are free however admission prices to the Museum’s galleries will still apply.

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Dawn Service – 6am

Day Service – 11am

Museum Opening Hours: 7am – 4.30pm