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

Getting Here

Getting to the National Army Museum By Road

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If you’re looking for Ruapehu activities, accommodation or places to visit in New Zealand, the National Army Museum in Waiouru is an excellent day out.

Our central location makes us easy to get to, situated on the main road between Auckland and Wellington, the Museum’s impressive fortress-like building sits at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, the Desert Road and the southern end of Tongariro National Park. Whether travelling north or south, a more scenic and highly recommended alternative route north can also be taken through Ohakune and the National Park around Mt Ruapehu, and this connects back up to State Highway 1.

Approximate Drive Times

To Waiouru From Kilometres Time
Auckland 423 5hrs
Hamilton 267 3.5hrs


196 2.5hrs
Taupo 114 1.5hrs
Ohakune 30 1/2hr
Palmerston North 135 1.5hrs
Wanganui 127 2hrs
Wellington 264 3.5hrs

Getting to the National Army Museum By Bus

Intercity Coachlines provides a daily service departing both Auckland and Wellington via Waiouru.

For timetable information please contact Intercity Coachlines or the Ruapehu i-SITE Visitor Information Centre by phoning 06 3858427 or 0800 RUAPEHU (Bookings Only).

Getting to the National Army Museum By Air

There are 2 domestic airports, Palmerston North and Taupo within 1.5 hours of Waiouru and Air New Zealand offers domestic flights to both.

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For great Waiouru attractions you can’t beat the National Army Museum.