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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 #20 of 45 Attractions in Rotorua
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Fee: Yes
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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sydney
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This attraction explains in great detail the events that led up to its demise in a well planned, well thought out way. The staff are more than helpful in every way

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I really only have a little to say, this will be one of the most sacred and spiritual places you will ever go in your life. If you are going to NZ you must go to the buried village. This is one review where I have to say, I cannot explain this place to you, please, go and you will... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your amazing five star review. We agree that we have a very special sacred place here and we hope everyone who visits us feels the same enthusiasm you do. We hope you will be able to visit again soon. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Loved this place...history, inspired...it's a little out of the way from the main touris haunts, but it's well worth it. Follow the tour from the museum highlighting the story of the area, including the famed Pink and White terraces, what happen when Mt Tarawera erupted and how it devasted a once bustling community see excavations and if you opt the... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review. We are so happy you came to visit us and enjoyed your walk. Isn't the drive out here stunning though, we are so lucky to have such a beautiful scenic drive past some of Rotorua's beautiful lakes. More

Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It has been many years since I went to Te Wairoa, mainly because I no longer live in NZ, but it is still a very special place to me. Looking at the website and other reviews, I can see that there have been a great many improvements to the experience, including a guided tour. I was fascinated by the trees... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Wow what a great review. We are so happy that you came to visit again. A lot has changed, we work very hard to try and keep the experience and site authentic but while making improvements for our guests. More

Tauranga, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We last visited the Village about 30 years ago. It's better now, and in particular listening to the 10 minute talk by Lyn ( surely the fairest skinned Maori in NZ ???!!!) was really worthwhile. A charming and very knowledgeable lady, she is a long time local and we learned a lot from her. We thought the directions through the... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our attraction, and what a great positive review it is :) I have passed your comments onto Lyn who was very pleased. She definitely is a fare Maori and very knowledgeable :) Our staff are very passionate and we are very lucky. More

glasgow
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The story is good: but you can read it on the internet so you might just as well save yourself some time and money... There is almost nothing to see: do not expect well preserved, buried and excavated houses cos there are none. A collection of random items does not quite justify the price - nor does the waterfall (tip:... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time in reviewing our attraction, however, we regret you are disappointed with your time at Buried Village. We are working hard at capturing what people think about Buried Village, and it’s almost a feeling that cannot be described. Our future goals are to restore the archaeologist site to make it most appealing for customers. Yes... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Our self-guided walking tour of the remains of this village, buried by a volcanic eruption in 1886, was an excellent educational experience. The displays told a dramatic story that was reinforced by the excavated building sites around the property. A highlight was the walk along the Wairoa stream to the waterfall, and the related story of how the stream and... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Wow thanks for the five star review. It is great to have people who take in and understand the special history of Te Wairoa. We pride ourselves on having extensive Maori knowledge of Te Wairoa and the surrounding areas and glad we can share such stories with you. The Wairere Falls in such a treasure and glad you got to... More

Coolamon, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

It was a long time ago when I first visit the Buried Village, this time not as good as the Frist time, as I had been to the museum before hand and got more info from there, bit boring at Buried Village.

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our attraction. We rely a lot on these reviews to make our product and attraction better. So we appreciate your honesty. However I am disappointed you found the Buried Village a little boring. Our guided tours are very informative and our wonderful passionate guides do their very best to tell the stories... More

Gold Coast, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The tour at the beginning was interesting and informative, (This talk only lasted 15 minutes) however the rest of our experience was average. The grounds are filled with lots of information boards, explaining that there once was something here.... a few artefacts are added to this information, however it didn't 'wow' me. For the price I expected more. The waterfall... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our attraction. Yes the adult entry fee is $32.50 but well worth it if you take the time in seeing what we offer. The sites have been excavated to the original floor levels which shows the depth of mud and volcanic ash that ejected upon the village. Because of deterioration the sites... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

While there were certainly some interesting parts to this tour, I was quite bored throughout most of it. Clearly, this is just because of my personal taste/interests. The main story was fairly interesting but there wasn't enough to keep me interested throughout. I was also frustrated by the phone guide we were given and eventually gave up on it and... More

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Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I agree that history is not everyone's cup of tea. We rely on these reviews to make our product and delivery better so we appreciate your honesty. Unfortunately due to our location the WIFI is not the best, we are pushing to have this improved. I am glad you took the time to walk to... More

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