Ranked #19 of 43 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Experience New Zealand's most evocative archaeologist site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life!...
Experience New Zealand's most evocative archaeologist site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life!
Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera in June 10 1886 was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters. For more than four terrifying hours rocks, ash, and mud bombarded the peaceful village of Te Wairoa ending more than 150 lives and destroying the eight wonder of the world the Pink and White terraces BUT it doesn't end there...Thanks to the sensitive redevelopment by three generations of the Smith family; you can see what life was like at the village before, during, and after the eruption.
HIGHLIGHTS:ENCOUNTER Te Wairoa Museum and be enriched in the collection of excavated objects, the fusions of cultures and tourism, and hundreds of images.
EXPLORE the archaeological site which reveals the devastation of the eruption. Walk amongst and enter the very sites that once housed the people of Te Wairoa.
EXPERIENCE the unique insights of the stories of Te Wairoa through optional guided tours or try our electronic tour devices
ADVENTURE- Take the stunning nature trail along the crystal clear waters of Te Wairoa stream and be thrilled as you stand under the spray of the Wairere Falls as it plunges 30 metres to the valley below.
CHILDREN can enjoy Smithy's Guide Map searching through the excavated sites for cluesREFRESH at Vi's Teahouse offering delicious home baking, Devonshire Tea, and excellent coffee OR browse the range of gifts in our gift store