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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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Buried Village

We drove out to the Buried Village after hearing about it from the Whakarewarewa Village tour and it was a really nice and interesting afternoon.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We drove out to the Buried Village after hearing about it from the Whakarewarewa Village tour and it was a really nice and interesting afternoon.

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

It is always good to have places recommended by others and the Buried Village links so well with Whakarewarewa. The eruption of Mt Tarawera caused such loss and devastation for the Tuhourangi people, but with family members taking in survivors they could endeavour to rebuild their lives and continue to welcome visitors to Rotorua's natural wonders. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We attended late in the afternoon as the sun was getting low in the sky, and the natural revegetation over the beautiful ruins of the village was absolutely mindblowing. The Buried Village has preserved as much as possible from the original village, and provides a fascinating look into victorian-era New Zealand. The staff were lovely, and the option for a... More 

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

Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Responses like yours make our day. We do take pride in providing a heritage attraction where visitors can learn about the eruption of Mt Tarawera, and the serene setting, along with the Wairere Falls walk just provide the icing on the cake. Thanks you for choosing to visit us and... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I have visited the village several times the latest today with my 6 year old grandson who loved it. A great experience for the whole family.

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

Time spent with grandchildren is very special. Thanks for choosing to spend some of that time with us and for the great feedback. More 

Tasmania, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

A friend suggested we visit here, and we are so glad we took his advice. The village was buried in volcanic eruptions in 1886. There is a museum to look through before walking around the site. The museum is beautifully set out, and all the displays are well interpreted. All interpretation on the site focuses heavily on the individuals living... More 

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

To be one of the best historic sites you have seen is an awesome accolade. Thank you. We are extremely proud of our park and the preservation of such an important part of New Zealand history. So glad you have taken away such wonderful memories of your visit. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Great way to spend time with the kids. Follow the clues around the grounds to receive a small gift back at the gift shop when you have unlocked the final clue. Original artifacts exhumed from the buried village on display. Look for the many coral trout in the stream during the walk around the exhibits. Small walk down some steep... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Our children had a fantastic time searching for the clues left along the trail. The waterfall and streams are gorgeous. Very glad we went.

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

Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to post a review. Hunting for clues is a great way for children to burn energy and have a bit of fun while learning about a significant event in New Zealands history. I hope you found many other interesting activities during your stay in Rotorua. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A Very informative Visit to the Buried village, Partially Excavated to show a piece of history from the area that was Dramatically changed overnight Beautiful Walks with a lovely waterfall experience for the slightly more Adventure inclined Person

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My wife and I visited the Buried Village and had a great time ! The Museum was very informative, a mix of native and settler/tourist information and exhibits. We opted to take up the Video tour, you leave a licence and you can walk around with an ipod which has 30 sec to 1 min snippets which you play at... More 

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

Thanks for providing such a comprehensive review and awesome photos. We have had lots of positive feedback since introducing the i-pod tour. They are a hit with adults and children alike so glad your wife enjoyed it. Sorry we were unable to provide any tearoom refreshments the day you visited but hope you found something tasty nearby. Vi's Teahouse will... More 

Matamata
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Interesting Historical facts - worth the visit. The Falls were beautiful and accessible by most fitness levels and ages. Unfortunately we went on a public holiday weekend and for some bizarre reason there were no tours and the cafe was closed. The area is so beautiful and the museum is very educational and factual. Would recommend to friends and family.

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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. Glad you had time to take in the fascinating stories and beautiful scenery. The Wairere waterfall is one of our greatest assets and is truly worth the effort. Your recommendation to family and friends, as mentioned, would be really appreciated as this is the best form of advertising. More 

Singapore
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for your 5/5 endorsement. Excavations that have been carried out over the past eighty years revealed a wealth of detail about how the people of Te Wairoa lived, all of which is displayed in our museum. Great that it was such a pleasant surprise for you. More 

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Additional Information about Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Address: 1180 Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-362 8287
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Lake Tarawera
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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