National Army Museum

National Army Museum

Overnight Campervan Parking



20 Rankers Reviews

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68 Freedom Camping

1 Waiouru




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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  • Freedom Camping
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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 about 1 month 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 2 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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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 9 months ago

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 9 months 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 1 year 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 about 2 years ago

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Judy Aspinall

Ranking: 8/10

Convenient and clean, as others noted guard will greet and direct you. Toilet not available on site, but nearby a Chinese restaurant. Quick, efficient overnight. We appreciate the National Army Museum allowing us to stay for free.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Anh Huynh

Ranking: 7/10

It is handy for a stopover from Wellington to TAUPO. It is just behind the Military Museum that has some impressive tanks on display. Altogether quite nice spot with view of Mount Ruapehu and beautiful fields. However, one of the guards was quite unfriendly because our son was playing with a Fern that was lying around and she scolded him For that. She said the plant was sacred to them.

Reviewed over 2 years ago