Camps & Bases


Waiouru in the central North Island provides the New Zealand Defence Force with a unique training area. Its rugged terrain and challenging climate makes it an exceptional area for open country training and live firing.

The Waiouru defence area has about 500 civilian and military staff working there.

It has a military manoeuvre and live fire training area, urban training facility as well as helicopter landing pads meaning the training area can support all three Services as well as other government agencies and international partners wanting to train there.

The Defence area in Waiouru is also a landmark in the local community with facilities including the National Army Marae and the National Army Museum, which is a popular visitor destination.

The Waiouru Defence Area will continue to be a premier training area for the New Zealand Defence Force. 

Plans to upgrade facilities include the development of a mounting base headquarters and a communications and control centre; training area communications upgrade, training area fire prevention and upgrade to the Camp’s potable water treatment and construction of a truck wash. 

Construction work to upgrade the main mess kitchen is due to start in February 2021.