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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 45 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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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Lots of information about the last major volcanic eruption in this area...amazing! Very very interesting, lots of information, partly indoors and partly outdoors - a lovely walk!

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Gosford, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The walk around the park is easy and informative.The staff suggested we take the time to walk to the waterfalls which is a steep decent and steep incline but so worth the walk.Great attraction

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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 glad you enjoyed your visit :) Many Thanks Christina More

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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84 reviews 84 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

NZ is a wonderful place, that's a given. From a tourist perspective (as a Kiwi travelling around or a visitor to our shores) genuine historical sites are often little more than views or paddocks. This represents some genuine NZ history in all it's shocking detail. Having last visited in 03 it has certainly developed since then and is one of... 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 review and taking the time to share your experience. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Love this place, the staff were wonderful. We asked them a couple of questions regarding the site and they truly know their stuff. We had a great look around and then went to their cafe. Again lovely Staff and their prices are fantastic. Can't speak highly enough of The Buried Village.

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

Wow thank you so much for your five star review. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. I will pass this onto our guides, I am sure they will be thrilled. We hope to see you again soon, More

Palmerston North
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It was 18 years ago when we were last there. They have done so much work and it was fantastic. Take your time and do the whole walk. It's worth it.

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

Thank you for your positive review. We are very happy you enjoyed your visit. The Buried Village has definitely evolved over the years, without spoiling the true history. We hope to see you again soon :) More

Kapiti Coast
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have visited this venue several times, with many years in between, it keeps getting better...The information building is now a replica of one of the old hotels, the new museum is extremely interesting and well worth seeing BEFORE you take the walk around what has been excavated of the original village that housed Maori and Pakeha (white) people and... More

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

I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate you taking the time to write this fantastic review and your continuing support over the years. We are continuously thinking of new and improved ideas to make the visitor experience just that little bit better every time, so your feedback is very helpful. Your are right the scones in the... More

Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A very interesting insight into the major eruption in 1886 that destroyed the region and buried the village. A very good archaeological recreation of the past in a beautiful valley. Added to this is you end the self guided walking tour by wandering along a bubbling little creek that grows to a 10 metre water fall. Definitely head down the... More

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San Diego
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a fantastic interactive museum that gives great insight into the history of the Rotorua area, and its fascinating role in commerce between Europeans and Maori. There is a very interesting museum in the beginning, and then you walk a trail to see actual buildings and replicas of buildings that were buried during the eruption of Mt. Tarawera. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very good displays and the waterfall walk blew me away would have gone there just to see that Staff were very friendly and helpful had a great couple of hours there t

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

Wow thanks for the five star review. Great to hear you enjoyed the waterfall trail, it is very pleasant especially what awaits at the bottom.. the Wairere Falls! I will pass this onto our front staff - I am sure they will be pleased! Do come back. More

Maldon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We had a great time in the museum here, small but our small children (8, 6 and 3) loved it as there is a short film and also a small archaeology area, so that gave us some time to read the information in the museum. The cafe is great for homemade soup, cakes and toasted sandwiches. We also enjoyed the... More

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

Wow thanks for the five star review, we appreciate it! Our attraction really does cater for families and people of all ages. The Museum displays are dynamic and interactive including the audiovisual presentation which its sounds like your children really enjoyed! Yes Vi's Teahouse provides some homemade goodies including soup and baked treats. The Wairere Falls is well worth the... More

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