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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

1180 Tarawera Road, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8287
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Ranked #19 of 44 attractions in Rotorua
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Owner description: Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life! Violent and unexpected, the... more » Owner description: Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life! Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters burying the peaceful village of Te Wairoa and ending more than 150 lives. Today at the Buried Village encounter the world class Museum of Te Wairoa, explore the Archaeological Site which once housed the people of Te Wairoa, experience the unique insights of stories from our tour guides, and take the Waterfall Trail which showcases the stunning Wairere Falls. « less
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Armidale, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited The Buried Village with 4 kids in school holidays. It wasn't all that busy which was great. The tour guide Lynn was very informative and really brought the history alive. The great thing here was the treasure hunt for the kids. It kept them captivated and followed the same path as the tour. The adults got the experience... More

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

What can one say, the buried village is well worth spending at least a couple of hours, congrats to the family for continuing the upkeep and the history of what happened. the museum was fascinating and very informative. We had brunch in the cafe which was great, the walk to the waterfall was well worth it. Would love to be... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We expected more of an excavation-style experience, but instead it was a nice walk around a bunch of prepared exhibitions.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Great spot to visit- I would recommend the tour if you time it right as Lynn was very knowledgeable and friendly and added another dimension when viewing the sites. The setting is lovely and the museum is pretty informative. The walk beside the stream is pleasant and the path down steep steps to the waterfall was rewarded with a great... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Spent an enjoyable afternoon in both the museum and village exploring the story of this incredible event. The museum is well planned and highly informative with a lot to look at and discover. However you can get a good overview of the events without having to read every detail. The village is a lovely walk even though it was pouring... More

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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for the great response. I am glad your braved it in the rain, as it is a truly unique place to visit. Agreed the Museum of Te Wairoa provides interesting exhibits from the early settlers to the aftermath of the eruption. Oh sorry to hear you missed out on the scones but i am sure there was other... More

Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A local museum on an important historic site, interesting but it is expensive considering what there is to see. My pre teens & teens did not find it that interesting unfortunately. Helpful staff - and a lovely walk to the waterfall which is the best part by far.

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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thanks for taking your time in reviewing the Buried Village. That is a shame your pre teens & teenagers did not find it interesting. If you are not in to history - then this might not be the place for you! A lot of reading involved in the museum, and archaeological site; however great sites to see as well with... More

Kincumber, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very interesting, well st out interactive museum,affordable souveneirs, loverly cafe - great tea, coffee and scones - huge!

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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Wow thank you for the five star review. You have said it all.. informative museum, and archaeological site, great gift store, and excellent service at Vi's Teahouse with yummy scones! More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Awesome experience right from before you open the door when you are greeted by an elderly gentleman who gives you a short rundown of the story of how the village got buried. A great museum of history of the eruption then a lovely walk through the excavated houses. Considering that so many lives were lost in this area, it is... More

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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for the pleasant response. Great to hear John greeted you at the door.. he sure knows the history of Te Wairoa. The Museum of Te Wairoa provides exhibits of the history of the Buried Village. Yes the Archaeological Site & Park are peaceful to walk through and gives you a feeling that cannot be described. Please come back... More

Auckland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The highlight of the whole place is the waterfall, amazing! And the history about the eruption is just mind blowing. Definitely worth a visit!

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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes the Wairere Falls is definitely a hidden treasure at the end of the nature trail and agreed the history of Te Wairoa is something that cannot be forgotten. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Our visit to the Buried Village really gave me an insight to what it must have been like visiting the area back in the 1800's. The lengths that people used to go to to visit the then amazing rainbow terraces, is just unimaginable. It is so easy for us these days to hop in a car. The museum on site... More

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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for the five star review. I am glad the Buried Village could take you back in time and show you how the people of Te Wairoa once lived. Yes the world class, Museum of Te Wairoa provides exhibits from the early settlers through to the geological treasures: The Pink and White Terraces. Agreed the waterfall trail provides a... More

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