Located at the southern end of the Desert Road, Waiouru is the base for the New Zealand Army. The QEII Army Memorial Museum, housed in the small township, has interesting displays of army life and equipment. The close proximity of Waiouru to Mount Ruapehu
makes it a convenient base for skiers during winter and for those pursuing outdoor adventures in Tongariro National Park
. Waiouru has wonderful views of the mountains and volcanic plateau.