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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 #18 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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Gleniffer
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Having been to the museum and read up about the 1886 village, it was moving to be on the ground in the village which was covered by the eruption. The restorations were sensitive and the signage was excellent.

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Plumpton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I was a bit sceptical about whether or not this place was worth a visit but we were in the area and decided to go. We started to go around on our own but were approached by a guide called Lyn and told that there would be a guided tour in 5 minutes so we decided to tag along. I... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This archeological site of a buried town/village is a interesting glimpse into history, with a few dug up artifacts & boards/photos to tell you about the area and people before, during & after the eruption. There was not as many remains of the village/town as I thought but it was worth a stop, grounds are gorgeous, staff nice. Allow atleast... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

We had been to Rotorua museum in the morning, and this was a great add on. We were very interested trying to imagine what it was like that night. It took us aprox 45 minutes to walk around the track. It was raining... surprise. We saw no fish. We did not go to the waterfall. We did not take the... More

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You visit the inside area seeing pics and artifacts from the village, then follow a path through the village seeing the buildings that have been excavated. There is a path down to a waterfall which is a don't miss just be aware it is very steep, I wouldn't advise small children or anyone with walking issues. You can take a... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Buried Village Rotorua New Zealand is i think is you must add to do your list while you are in Rotorua. You can get good knowladge about mount Tarawera eruption and more... Nice place to visit

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Cooroy, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Well presented and interesting photos and written details to explain the surroundings. A walk to the falls stretches the legs and is well worth while. Some nice big trout to be seen in the stream (not for catching). The cafe at the end of the walk is great value. Congrats to the operators for what they have

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The buried village is a quite and serene place to visit. It is a cemetery considering those that died on the night of the eruption. Walking around the village site after visiting the museum it was hard to comprehend what had happened on that night. But it is well worth the visit. The walk around the stream to the water... More

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rotorua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

a really authentic view of the past displayed in a professional manner by people who know and believe in what they are doing.A brilliant way to spend a day in the village,lovely surroundings,and an aura that has to experienced.Cafe,try the Devonshire tea,great.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a pleasant little attraction, that starts the day slowly. We arrived just after opening time, and I think we startled the staff! It's a museum telling a story of a beautiful landscape, tough local people living in a harsh environment, and ultimately a dramatic and tragic natural disaster. If you are fit enough to go down the waterfall...do!... More

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