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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

1180 Tarawera Road, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8287
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

My Grandmother was very happy to learn our guide had the same name as her. She showed us around and was very friendly. Everything was pretty interesting and I absolutely loved the waterfall! Great Recommendations from the Café also!

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North, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We visited on a rainy cold day but that did not take away from the experience. We were given a laminated map that would not get soaked in the rain. The grounds were beautiful and the stories were very moving. We chose the path down by the waterfall and it was well worth it. We ended our visit in the... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This visit was an unexpected pleasure. Once considered the 8th wonder of the world, the story of the Maori people and the pink and white terraces will keep you mesmerized. People talk about Pompeii, but this story is right up there too. Lyn was our guide and she really did the story and culture justice. After you visit the museum,... More 

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North Queensland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited the Buried Village on the 14th December, not really knowing what to expect. On arrival we were greeted by very friendly staff, who were very welcoming. We first visited the cafe and indulged in some scrumptious scones to give us fuel for our journey back in time. We then explored the Museum which was both... More 

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

Thank you for the fantastic review. John is a brilliant guide who has a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the 1886 eruption of Tarawera. The sites of the different whare both Maori and European were a part of the great excavation. Its such a sad story of the loss of our beloved Pink and White terraces which were in fact... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The one trip we didn't regret.We(4 of us) dropped by the museum the other day but the power was out but we came back the next day. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming and we truly enjoyed the exhibition. Best thing about it, it's an indoor and outdoor museum! Definitely worth a visit if you are in town.

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

Hi there, Thank you for the great review! I am pleased you returned the following day. I agree, our village is both and indoor and outdoor Museum which tells our history of the people. the terraces and the eruption. We hope that you visit us again. Thanks again More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The museum of buried village was a small collections of history about the village before it was buried by the ashes of the volcanic eruption in 1868. Unless, you're an archaeologist, you won't find anything interesting in the museum and nor in the walk path. I mean you don't see anything but some ruins of houses and equipment remained from... More 

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

Kia Ora, Many thanks for your feedback. Due to the eruption in 1886 which completely destroyed our village, we have excavated to the original floor level of the village showing the depth of the volcanic mud and ash. The ruins of the homes, hotels and personal items tell of a story that ended in the big eruption. Photographic evidence proves... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Beautiful setting and humbling experience. Could visit this place again. Spend some time here and enjoy the forest. It's wonderful. The history of the Arawa tribe is very interesting and portrayed well here

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

Kia Ora, Thank you for your feedback. The Arawa tribe has a strong presence with the surrounding areas, as well as the Tuhourangi tribe who once occupied this village before it became a Maori and a European settlement. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks again. More 

Rotorua District, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Buried Village was good for a low key day. The drive is very easy from Rotorua and the views along the way were great. You can combine this day with a few sight seeing stops at Green and Blue Lake as well as Lake Tarawera. You also pass the Redwood Forest which can be seen in an easy flat... More 

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

Kia Ora, Many thanks for your review. The scenic drive to our village s passes the stunning blue and green lakes and various other walking tracks. Our village hold a lot of history pertaining to the Tarawera eruption and the Pink and White terrace or more commonly known as the Eighth natural wonder of the world before the 1886 eruption!... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A quaint little museum and historic site. Describes the events surrounding a massive volcanic eruption in the late 1800s. Really nice gardens and walk down past a smallish set of 3 waterfalls. Was quite interesting but perhaps felt that $30 was a bit steep for what it was. . .

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

Great feedback! I agree, it is a really nice walk around the park and down to the Wairere waterfall. Our village is privately owned and privately funded so the admission cost is used to keep up the the usual maintenance. I thank you for your support in the restoration of our village! More 

Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

No disaster is easy and comfortable to learn about but this place gives the full story of the volcano that struck and buried so many. The letters written from a woman visiting the site before and after the disaster made for some very personal accounts of the devastation at the time. The staff in period costume was a lovely touch.... More 

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

Thank you for the great feedback. Margaret's letters certainly put a personal touch to our village. She speaks with an understanding perspective of the terrible night of June 10 1886! Due to the season, our cafe closes early however, the hours of our cafe are due to increase on 26th December 2014. Thanks again. More 

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