Coming Soon – Events and Exhibitions
April School Holiday Programme
Drop 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.
- Have a go at making paper mache poppy seed bombs
- Unleash your creativity on the Animals at War stencil art wall
- Take part in the ‘NAM Rocks’ project and try your hand at rock painting
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:
- ANZAC Day – Tuesday 25 April, featuring dawn service at 6am, civilian service at 11am, military vehicle display and poppy air balloon display.
- Free outdoor exhibition Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War
- Latest exhibitions Food Glorious Food: An Army Marches on its Stomach and Going Underground: Tunnellers in WWI (opens mid-April
17th – 28th April
9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday
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 during the Term 1 School Holidays excluding weekends and the Easter break.
10am – 2pm
18 April – 28 April (excluding weekends and Easter)
Going Underground: Tunnellers in WWI
Featuring Kiwis Underground by Brett Killington & Tunnel Technology
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.
Opening 21 April 2017 – Freyberg Gallery
ANZAC Day 2017
ANZAC 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