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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
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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Maldon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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

Perth
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352 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We all enjoyed visiting the buried village. It was very interesting to hear the personal stories of different people who lived through it or died in the eruption. The museum in the beginning was very informative and the walk through the leftovers of the village was also good. We took the slightly longer journey around the waterfall and it was... More

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

Thanks for the great response. Yes the stories of the people of Te Wairoa are very interesting and make the village come alive. The Museum provides exhibits of Te Wairoa from the early settlers, to the Geological Wonders: The Pink and White Terraces, and excavated objects over 100 years old! Vi's Teahouse is a great way to end with delicious... More

Auckland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I do not recommend this place. It is over $32 which is the same price as Wai-o-tapu down the road which is well worth the money. This is just a walk through some reconstructed Maori buildings after the eruption. It is not lots of excavations like we were expecting. We were very disappointed. If it had been cheaper then we... More

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

Thank you for taking the time in reviewing 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

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The walk around and information was well done. The waterfall was a billy goat hike but well worth it and the view stunning. The museum was well presented and informative.

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

Thanks for the pleasant response. Yes our attraction provides a wealth of information about Te Wairoa from the early settlers, to Mt Tarawera Eruption, and the Geological Treasures: The Pink and White Terraces. The Waterfall Trail is a steep walk to the bottom; however, well worth it when you see the Wairere Falls! More

Armidale, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thanks for the pleasant response. Yes our attraction really provides for families and caters to all ages. The tours are a great way to discover the Archaeological Site - I will pass this onto Lyn she will be pleased! Agreed the Treasure Hunt with Smithy the Archaeologist keeps the kids entertained and helps them learn about Te Wairoa without knowing... More

Darwin, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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

Oh wow thank you for the five star rating. Yes you really can get lost in the stories and history provided at our attraction. The Museum provides great exhibits on Te Wairoa, and exhibits over 100 years old. And glad you got time for Brunch at Vi's Teahouse; with all the yummy home-baking and excellent coffee! More

Adelaide, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

Thanks for taking the time in reviewing our attraction. In the Archaeological Site, 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 have now been reconstructed using the native materials that were once used, for example ponga, tree fern, and... More

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

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

Thank you for the great review. Yes, our tours are a nice way to explore the archaeological site, but make sure to phone for tour times. The Museum provides several exhibits of the history of Te Wairoa, and excavated objects over 100 years old! Agreed the Waterfall Trail is pleasant and what a way to end with the Wairere Falls. More

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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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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

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