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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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Ballarat, Victoria
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Buried Village was recommended to us by our hotel, it turned out to be very worthwhile. There is a museum section when you first enter with a lot of information about the area, the people and what happened when the volcano erupted. We thought we were joining a walking guided tour, but it ended up being someone telling us the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The museum and displays outside are interesting. Very well set up and easy to understand for all ages. the scenic walk down to the waterfall was very nice as well. Not far from Rotorua and a nice drive to get there. Probably only 15 minutes drive from town.

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Westcott, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place has changed somewhat since we last visited some 20 years or so ago. The museum area is larger and more impressive, the cafe is grander and the shop has a large number of lovely traditional (and touristy) souvenirs for sale. Much of the outdoor area is as I remembered it however an avenue of tress (growing from fence... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Had high hopes for this tourist spot. Over priced and not very good value for money at all. The museum was great but unless you got an iPod which led you around explaining the individual sites it would have been very boring.

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

This was my second visit to the buried village in 20 years and it didnt dissapoint.I really liked it here, found the museum fascinating and the walk around the village so interesting combined with the walk to the waterfall and lookout,how terrifying it must have been for the villagers that night. Well done to all for looking after this special... More 

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Toodyay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Informative museum (reading one of the experiences of a survivor had me in tears), then a wonderful walk around outside checking out the excavated buildings. Beautiful waterfall worth a look at (steepish trail, but not overly long). All finished off with a lovely Devonshire Tea and free wifi. 9 year old daughter greatly enjoyed the treasure hunt.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I enjoyed the iPod guided tour and the letters from Margaret was a very personal touch. Trip to the waterfall at the end is a real bonus, just a shame the cafe shut at 3pm.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

After seeing the green and blue lakes we went to the buried village and did the 2 hour walking trail. It's now a peaceful place but it tells you about the history and stories of Mt. Tarawere eruption. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the cafe as lovely tea and scones. The waterfalls is a must see with... More 

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

Hi there, Thanks for visiting our village. I agree, our village is a peaceful place with a historical feel to it as well. Our museum is full of stories of the great 1886 Eruption of Tarawera which leads you into the excavated park where you see the devastation caused from this eruption with a beautiful nature trail to the Wairere... More 

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