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December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016


10th & 11th  December 2016

This 2016 event has now reached the optimum number of entries and so the we are closed to new entries.

Operation Stirling is named after David Stirling, the legendary leader of the SAS and leader of daring vehicle mounted raids deep in the deserts of North Africa during World War II. This event will be two days of exploring the truly unique landscape that Waiouru has to offer.


The dates shown are  confirmed but subject always to NZ Army requirements regarding Army activities. All bookings must be made online. This guided tour is strictly limited in numbers and bookings are on a first received basis.

Accommodation and meals

There will be two options available:

  • Barrack accommodation and meals: You sleep in Army barracks on Friday and Saturday night, plus receive Army cooked meals on Saturday and Sunday morning and a cooked meal on Saturday night. You will be provided with a cut lunch for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Self-catering and camping: On the Sports ground just down the side road from the Army Museum and provide all your own meals. Showers and toilets will be supplied.


Offlimits is a charitable trust and our mission is to raise money to support the health and welfare of servicemen and women. Pricing includes:

  • Guides for all groups
  • Radio communication between groups
  • Medical support
  • Access to the land
  • Toilets and showers at the rugby club grounds
  • Access to the rugby club bar and facilities.
  • Map of the area


Operation Stirling prices are $365 per driver and vehicle and $160 per passenger for the fully accommodated and catered option. Subsequent passengers enjoy discounts from this rate.
If you are camping and catering for yourself, then prices are: $250 per driver and vehicle, and $60 per passenger.

The annual Kaimanawa Horse Trek and Waiouru Explorer Mountyain Bike ride will be conducted the same weekend.

Cancellation and refunds

Events could be cancelled or modified due to military requirements, weather conditions or unforseen logistical issues which make the running of events either unsafe or unable to be conducted on the scheduled dates and in the locations advertised. Please refer to the Payments and refunds section for details on the cancellation and refund policy.

National Army Museum

Remember the legends and pay tribute to the sacrifices. Stories of courage, comradeship and honour — all this and more at theNational Army Museum. Facilities include café, gift shop, interactive Kidz HQ, kids treasure hunts, greenstone memorial, and research library. Open daily 9am to 4.30pm, State Highway 1, Waiouru.

Print off this discount voucher and present it at the Museum reception to receive discounted entry. The voucher is valid until 31 Dec 2016 so if you don’t get a chance at the time of this event, be sure to stop there next time you are passing through.

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