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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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Address: 1180 Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-362 8287
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Description: Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where stories of...
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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Amazing history to the place

This was not planned, we drove by and decided to stop in. You start in a museum which gives a thorough history of what happened, and then go outside to the remains of the village... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The Buried Village was recommended by our B&B hosts. We arrived late the first time yesterday and it was very near to closing time. The lady behind the counter invited us to come back and mentioned that booking online was cheaper. We did have some time today so we got tickets online and returned for a visit. We spent about... More 

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Blackheath, Australia
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89 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

What an education on volcanic eruption destruction. We did the guided tour through the excavated village and then explore the trout stream and went down to the segment of the waterfall you can get two, just beautiful and worth the stairs.

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

The Buried Village is a unique experience, providing not only an educational journey through Rotoruas amazing history but also New Zealand bush and nature at its best. Thanks for visiting and for opting to do the beautiful walk to the Wairere Falls. More 

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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was not planned, we drove by and decided to stop in. You start in a museum which gives a thorough history of what happened, and then go outside to the remains of the village. The walk around took a bit longer than I expected and there is a walk alongside the creek to some waterfalls which were beautiful and... More 

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

Sometimes activities that are unplanned end up as lovely surprises. Such positive comments are always nice to receive, so I will pass them on to the "friendly" lady. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We sort of stumbled onto this village after hiking through the Whakarewarewa Forest. It was the end of the tourist season, and there were no other visitors around whenever we stopped by. The accompanying restaurant was already closed for the season. However, both the ladies in the main office were very helpful and convinced me (without pressure) that we should... More 

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

We are pleased you stumbled upon us too and thanks for sharing your experience at the Buried Village. Our staff will be encouraged by your comments and comprehensive review. More 

Delray Beach, Florida
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were supposed to meet with a descendant of a guide who led tourists to safety when Mt. Terawera blew up in 1886, destroying the then-famous Pink and White Terraces ... natural cascading "baths" formed by geo-thermal activity. The meeting didn't happen so we instead visited this small, well run attraction. Good explanations on what drew visitors to this locale... More 

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

Thank you for your comments. We do take pride in providing a heritage attraction where visitors can learn about the eruption of Mt Tarawera and the devastating effect it had on the land and people of this area. So glad that your initial disappointment was not lasting and you took away some wonderful memories of your visit. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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44 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was amazing to see how volcano ash can bury and destroy a village (late 1800) You can see where the hotel was and shops. There was an excellent museum that shows the history of the area. While their do the river walk some attractive waterfall shots.

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

Thank you for choosing to visit us and for the 5-star rating. I do hope we have the opportunity of welcoming you back again in the future. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Situated about 10 Km from Rotorua and on the same road as the Blue & Green Lakes. This is the 3rd time I have visited this attraction bringing visiting friends from the UK. It has been an enjoyable and interesting trip each time. The story of the volcanic eruption back in 1886 is extremely well told through an interesting museum... More 

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

Thanks for visiting us again and bringing your UK visitors to share our piece of NZ history. The village has shared its fascinating history for more than 80 years, showcasing the stories behind the village of Te Wairoa and the eruption of Mt Tarawera. We look forward to seeing you again and do appreciate you taking the time to provide... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Friendly staff, really interesting . Great look into history , great view. Gorgeous walk down to the waterfall.

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

In just a few words you have summed up what we always aim to provide our visitors. Thanks for the feedback and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to Rotorua. More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We went here to see the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt Tarawera in the 19th century. Hundreds of Maori were killed in the eruption along with several Paheka. The Smith family have made a wonderful job of excavating the remains of the village with great sympathy and the descriptive panel are excellent. The walk down the steps to... More 

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

Thanks for the 5 star rating and encouraging comments. The Smith family efforts over three generations have certainly help preserve this slice of New Zealand history for future generations. Glad you opted for the Wairere Falls walk - it truly is worth the effort. More 

Hornsby, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great to see what's left of the original village with a very interesting history. We got there a little late in the day. Luckily there are numerous photo opportunities. You could easily spend a couple of hours here to take it all in. The extra walk to the waterfall at the bottom is well worth the journey

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