National Army Museum

National Army Museum

Overnight Campervan Parking



22 Rankers Reviews

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Park at the back of the Museum in the last bay of the car park closest to the old Headquarters building - this location provides a bigger area for larger vehicles.

You are welcome to stay in the Museum car park but they only allow self contained campers to park there overnight. Please note they have overnight security guards who come around and check for the green stickers to show that you are self contained.


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Gia's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Park around the back of the army museum. Nice man came round to check we were self contained. Bright security light but quiet area. Nice toilets at service station across the road.

Reviewed 5 months ago

D&R's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Parking lot behind the museum, many places. Good to stay for a night, a public toilet (Open 24h) can be found across the street opposite the gas station. However, security was very unfriendly to us, made us feel uncomfortable. Be aware that there's 24/7 video surveillance. Lights are very bright.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Chulses's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Good spot for a night's sleep. Museum closes by 4:30. Security checks through the night. Motorway noises were not too bad. Public toilets over a nearby hill.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Alison's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Car park behind the national museum. Close to main highway but not too noisy- free WiFi (no password), space for approx 15 campers (arrived around 6pm in June and 6/7 campers already there). No toilets outside opening hours (9am-4.30pm) and we couldn’t find the free public toilets. Safe, secure, great stopover point.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Nadia's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Very generous of the museum to allow parking and the WiFi was great. Nice view of hills and super clean toilets across the road. Museum worth a visit! Would give a higher rank but lot is very brightly lit and truck traffic heavy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Michael S

Ranking: 9/10

Kamen sehr spät abends an, noch ein Platz am gut beleuchteten Platz bekommen. Toiletten haben wir gegenüber an der Tankstelle benutzt sehr sauber!! Wlan top! Gegen 23 Uhr lief noch ein Ranger rum. Rund um sicher!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Marion & Leonie

Ranking: 10/10

Good place to stop, toilets in the museum when open, when closed there are super clean public toilets across the road. There's free WiFi from the museum. Thank you!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Dan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We loved this place so much we stayed twice, once on the way south and once on the way back north. The security team is on it
at all hours which made us feel safe. They are strict about the self-contained certification. Wifi was amazing. Lights from the property are super bright so only works if you have curtains or can sleep in any lighting.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tim Bartlett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great stopover. Free WiFi from museum. Security guard very friendly and helpful. Level car park. Small sign asking for nothing to park other than a donation to museum. Seems a small price to pay when you consider the ultimate price others have paid.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Steffi's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Good place for One night.
Friendly Personal.
Camping is free, Only self contained.
Public clean toilets ca 200m on the other side of the street.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jude's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great place to stay passing through from national park onto Wellington. Quiet. Public toilets across the road.. Free WiFi from the museum wonderful, ( signal much better than the paid campsites). Thank you.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jess's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We were greeted by a friendly security guard who checked our van was self contained. He directed us to the parking area and bid us a good night. BONUS!! Free museum WI-Fi!!

Paved carpark and felt very safe sleeping overnight. Close to the road but still very quiet.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Julien Turpin

Ranking: 9/10

Pretty good spot with a nice view of the Tongariro mountain. Definitely better than most of the free sites on the way from Taupo.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago