Waiouru is best known in New Zealand for where the NZ Army is based; i.e. Waiouru is an army town. Waiouro is also a busy stop point for travelers heading north or to the mountains and national parks. Waiouru is a very busy place.

State Highway one passes through Waiouro and just to the north is what is known as the Desert Road. During winter this part of the highway is often closed with snowfalls.

Also at Waiouru is the NZ Army Museum. This is an impressive display in modern and well constructed lay-out. The Army Museum is a must visit.

In the actual army town is a delightful multi religion church that is clearly cared for.

The War Memorial is a greenstone wall within the museum. This is very moving location within the museum complex.

The Waiouru Hotel is a favorite stop-off for both travelers and army personnel.

Mount Ruapehu is the highest mountain on the North Island and is host to two ski fields and numerous National Park walking tracks. This whole area is a delight for tourists, especially young backpackers.

Waiouru is on the North Island Main Trunk Railway, which came through in 1907. Waiouru Railway Station is the highest station (814 m) on the New Zealand railways.

Waiouru is a must visit. Allow up to two hours to enjoy the museum.



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