National Army Museum

National Army Museum

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Tourist in my own country

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 9 months 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 1 year 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 about 2 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 almost 3 years 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 almost 3 years 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 almost 3 years 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 almost 3 years 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 over 3 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 about 4 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 4 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 almost 5 years ago

Marina's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Parking location on the lot behind the museum. Quiet and convenient for a stopover.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Mathieu Flechelle


Ranking: 8/10

Exact description. Quiet and good for a night ...even if it is not an outstanding location. But very usefull to stop and very clean.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Chris Whittington

Ranking: 9/10

Exactly as described! Free camping behind the National Army Museum with a nice outlook. Public toilets located about 100m away, but security guards do check for self-contained certification. A nice way to break up the Auckland-Wellington drive.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Lois Moreland

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Very secure site and quiet even though near a main highway. On a very still night you would probably hear the large travelling trucks. Security guard makes sure you have a valid self-contained sign showing. We were able to split our visit to the Museum by looking for two hours before they closed at 4.30pm and then next day at 9am when they opened. The ticket is valid for one year. I'd recommend half a day at the museum if you are a NZ'r.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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John Treasure

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

stopped in the middle of the night to stay, spoke to a lady immediately who told us we could stay there, but then about 3 hours later a second woman knocked on the door and shouted 'DO YOU HAVE A TOILET'. It shouldn't matter whether we have a toilet if its the middle of the night and we're clearly not going to go to the toilet before morning. There's a cafe across the road with toilets anyway.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

GN100's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty boring site, being a sealed carpark, but clean, tidy and excellent security, and plenty of space to park. We arrived at 1am and the friendly security guy came past and checked within 5 minutes. Highly recommended if just stopping for a sleep and/or maybe a look through the excellent museum, but otherwise nothing else to see/do.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in August 2013

L P's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The National Army Museum at Waiouru provides free camping for self-contained motorhomes and caravans at the back of the rear carpark, in a sign-posted area in front of the old barracks. The area adjoining it is grassed and has picnic tables and rubbish bins. Campers are free to use the bathrooms during the museum opening hours and the cafe has a good choice of breakfasts from 9am.
The area is flat, paved, very quiet and has superb security. Campers are welcome to stay as long as they like.
The area is under CCTV surveillance. If you arrive late and are not sure where to park a security guard arrives very quickly to show you the way. He was so friendly and helpful it made our overnight stay very enjoyable (especially since we didn't know there was any free camping in Waiouru).

Reviewed over 8 years ago