Tourism Operators from around the region gathered at the National Army Museum for a day of ‘behind the scenes’ tours, tracked vehicle rides and an update on the WWI centenary commemorations.
The visitors started off their day with a behind the scenes tour of the Museum’s military vehicle collection which is currently located on the NZ Army base in Waiouru. The visitors were led around the different military cars, trucks, tanks and motorcycles, detailing each ones specific role in various conflicts around the world. Behind the scenes tours of the vehicle collection are very popular and are on offer to groups of 10 or more who book in advance.
One of the highlights of the day was the high adrenaline ride on the M548 Armoured Personnel Carrier. This popular ride is also available for groups and on special event days including the Kidz HQ Family Fun Day. By the end of the ride all of our guests were eager to go home and tell their friends and families about their experience, and bring them back to have a go.
After the buzz of the tracked vehicle ride operators relaxed with a tasty meal and coffee in the Museum’s Home Fires Cafe. Lunch consisted of a buffet lunch of various finger sandwiches, sauteed meatballs, quiches, baked apple pies, brownies, and many other delicious treats. The Home Fires cafe is open daily 9am to 4pm and caters for specific events and requirements upon request.
The day finished with a guided visit of the Museum displays. Anna Brandl from the Taumarunui iSITE said, “I was most impressed with the tour by Ian, he had such a wealth of knowledge and was really neat to listen to”. Guided tours are available not only to booked groups but also the general public during the week at 11am and 2pm, and add great value to a visit.
Jordan Versaggi who organised the activity day said, “it was great to get to know some of our regional operators and let them experience some of the different products we have to offer. The Museum has so much on at the moment with the 100 year anniversary of WWI which continues until 2018 and already we have had a lot of interest from groups and individuals wanting to visit as a result. The Ruapehu region is lucky to have such a wide range of attractions and activities and we want to see more visitors staying in the region to make the most of what’s on offer.”