Waiouru Military Camp - Waiouru Community Support

Providing support to the Waiouru community.

Waiouru Community Service Office

Hours:  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Email:  RSC_WMC_DCF@nzdf.mil.nz
Phone: 06 387 5531 & 021 226 9057
Location: Community Centre, Queree Drive, Waiouru

Defence Community Facilitator

Our Defence Community Facilitator (DCF) is available to provide support and connect NZDF personnel and their families into local services and events. The DCF is a civilian dedicated to helping our NZDF personnel and families settle in and find their feet, especially those who are new to Defence or are newly posted into the area.

DCF support

  • Coordinates local welfare activities and events throughout the year, including family events and social activities to connect families;
  • Is a wealth of information about what is happening at our camp/base and community including events, services and resources;
  • Can help to connect you with other NZDF family members in the area; and
  • Is a listening ear and can assist with family or community concerns and is able to refer to local services, outside agencies or health professionals as required.

Community Services Office

The Community Services Office would like to welcome you to Waiouru. Our office is located at the Community Centre, opposite the Four Square Super Market. Our role is to assist you with settling in and living in Waiouru, as well as co-ordinating community events. We encourage you to come in for a chat, find out what we’re about, have a coffee and/or ask any questions you might have. The offices have a wealth of information and if we can’t answer your question, we will find someone who can.

Waiouru has a lot to offer, and we appreciate that moving to a new town can be challenging for some - so we are here to help you adjust and enjoy the benefits of this unique, exciting community. Owing to the Army posting cycle, ours is a transient community, so there are always new groups and activities starting up in Waiouru. Keep an eye on the community notice board and our Facebook page for the latest events. Being committed to making Waiouru an even better place to be, we welcome suggestions you may have to improve our community, and we can assist if you wish to start up a club, group, business etc.

This office also provides a number of services that you will find in this resource. These include photocopying, laminating, the organisation of school holiday programmes, social events and family activities.

Welcome to Waiouru Camp Booklet - This book outlines what Waiouru has to offer you and your family. Keep it handy for easy reference for facilities, clubs and services in your local area. Email the DCF for a copy of the booklet.

Childcare services & children’s groups 

Babysitters - The community services office holds a list of available babysitters. Drop in or call 387 5531 or 021 226 9056 if you need a babysitter or would like to put your name on the list. 

Paua home based care service. PAUA (Preschoolers At Home Uniquely achieving) Early Childhood Home Based Care Service. Contact 0800 728 277 for more information. 

Stepping Stones Stepping Stones provides before and after school care, Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 8.45am and from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and are OSCAR approved. Stepping Stones also operate during the school holiday breaks from 7:30am to 5:00pm and are located in the big yellow building opposite the skate park. They provide the community of Waiouru with a quality service that encourages learning, respect and kindness. For more information phone 027 514 9478.

Waiouru Playgroup - Turn up to a relaxed environment, a great way to meet new people where your children can learn and play. We cater for all children from birth to 5 years old. You don’t even have to have a baby to come along and enjoy the company. A yummy morning tea is provided. Check out the facebook page.

Hours 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays
Email waiouruplaygroup@gmail.com
Location 22 Queree Drive (along from the Community Centre)

Waiouru Toy Library - 
The Waiouru Toy Library provides a variety of interesting, fun and educational toys mainly for children aged 0 to 5 year olds. We receive funding each year to upgrade our facility and our toys. The library is run by the mums, so if you would like to use this amazing resource we have here, to become a member, or for more information, please contact the Community Services Office.

Hours 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fridays
Location Queree Drive just behind the Four Square. 


School information

Primary schools 

Waiouru Primary School. Situated on Ruapehu Road at the entrance to camp. For further information telephone 3876860. 

Ohakune Primary School. Situated at 52 Arawa Street, Ohakune. For further information telephone 06 385 8384. 

St Josephs Primary School. Situated in Taihape. A Catholic school from year 1 to year 8. Phone 06 388 0531. 

Taihape Area School. Situated on Huia Street, Taihape. Phone 06 388 0130. 

Secondary schools 

Ruapehu College. Situated at 30 Tainui Street, Ohakune. Phone 06 385 8398. 

Taihape Area School. Situated on Huia Street, Taihape. Phone 06 388 0130. 

School buses 

School bus transport is available to schools within the MoE transport entitlement zone, being primary and secondary schools in Ohakune & Taihape. The bus to Ohakune departs from the Church behind the Community Centre, and the Taihape bus leaves from directly behind the Community Centre.


The Library is open to all NZDF personnel and their whānau with a NZDF ID or a family or dependent’s pass. Membership is FREE. The Library collection includes an extensive selection of fiction, non-fiction, children's books, teenage fiction and non-fiction, plus an extensive military collection. We also have access to the resources of other NZDF libraries and other New Zealand libraries for work-related information. 

Free Internet computers are also available in the Library, with printing and photocopying also available. 

Hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday 
Location Community Centre 
Email DSSGWAI@nzdf.mil.nz
Phone 387 6301 need dtel


Publications, Notices and Facebook Pages

The Tussock Titbits - This bi-weekly newsletter keeps you up-to-date with what's happening within the community. It's online on the Waiouru Info website, on the Waiouru Community Care and News Facebook page, and on the NZDF Intranet. Waiouru clubs, organisations and individuals are encouraged to submit articles. If you require a hardcopy delivered to your letterbox, or for further information, please email the DCF.

Waiouru Community Care & News (Closed Facebook Page) - We encourage you to become a member of this closed Facebook page while you are living in Waiouru. It will keep you in the loop with what’s going on around the community, provide support and information, and will help you settle in. Go online and request to become a member. 

Community Database - The DCF Office holds a confidential community email database of our Waiouru families. This database enables us to get info out to individual families as a reminder, a last minute notification, and if necessary - an emergency. Email to be added to this list.

Useful resources and links

Please visit the links below for a directory of local services available to you: