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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 story of a devastating eruption

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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5 attraction reviews
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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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63 helpful votes 63 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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7 attraction reviews
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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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

There is so much to take in on what used to be an amazing tourist attraction in the 1800's. Your self guided tour can be taken in a leisurely pace to take in all the information on the people and businesses of the era. It is an open space and recommend a jacket for the slow walkers. The more adventurous... More 

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

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. Glad you gave yourself plenty of time to take in the fascinating stories and beautiful scenery that make up the Buried Village experience. More 

Christchurch
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14 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a beautiful setting for an attraction based on a terrifying disaster. You first go through a well-set up museum explaining what happened here in 1886 (I think?) It gives you background about the key people involved, who you find out more about when you go through the village site itself . It is very well set out, with... More 

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Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We were rushed on our holiday and didn't get to explore the village or surrounding area as we would of liked. What we saw we loved. Worth the visit to the village but make a day of it. Visit the village and then Enjoy the lakes, the view and walks around. Cost just under $70/couple for the buried village.

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Masterton, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a great place to learn about what happened all those years ago with the volcanoes and try and understand how terrifying it must have been for all the families when it happened. Loved the walk to the waterfall and around back to entrance. Cafe smelled lovely but we didnt eat there.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Being a Kiwi I really enjoyed my visit here. It was very interesting and informative. Walking around the village was quite emotional. I so wish I would of been able to visit the Pink and White terraces, what an amazing wonder of the world that was destroyed by mother nature herself. I learnt a lot during my visit here and... More 

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

It's great having Kiwis visit and learn the history of early tourism in New Zealand and how the eruption of Mt Tarawera had such a devastating effect on the surrounding area. This can be a very moving experience. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again on your next trip North. More 

Ballarat, Victoria
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We had a few hours to spare one morning, so my husband chose to visit the buried village. This was an interesting way to fill in an hour. The museum and displays were interesting and educational. We enjoyed the peaceful walk through the village and to see the waterfall. The talking tour guide via a handheld device was easy to... More 

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