National Army Museum

National Army Museum

Overnight Campervan Parking


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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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National Army Museum

Commercial organisation


North IslandRuapehuWaiouru


  • Freedom Camping
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Alex's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very safe location, had a security guard patrolling all night and checked SC cert. Toilets short walk across the highway. Plenty of space and Lovely view of the mountains. Donations can be left at reception in museum

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Terry's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great late night stopover safe with plenty of light and ample parking spots
Never to be forgotten

Reviewed 5 months ago

Mike&Fe's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Large carpark allowing self contained camping. We arrived late after 10.30pm and museum toilets were closed but public toilets are just a short walk across from Z service station.
Well lit and seems very secure. Was nice an quiet. About 5 other motorhomes there. Plenty of space for larger motorhomes.
Wonderful view of Ruapehu.

It’s asked that a donation is given to the museum.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Hannah's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Wifi worked well. Museum wifi turned off when it closed but inspire wifi network worked all night.
Toilets a couple hundred meters away when mieseum is closed. Under bright lights bit otherwise a good spot.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

10 for security 10 for location being close to many great places to visit. We arrived at 3am and less than 2 minutes later a security officer inspected our SC window tag to make sure it was up to date. Bright spotlight and cameras but quiet and peaceful location. Plenty of places to park on the grass. Public toilets 1 min or and easy walk away. Do not use the toilets there or you will be asked to leave.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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 over 2 years 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 almost 3 years ago

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 about 3 years ago

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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 3 years ago

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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago