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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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Address: 1180 Tarawera Road | RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
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+64 7-362 8287
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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1886 revisited !!

The museum and restored village buildings depicted the catastrophe of the 1886 eruption extremely well. The story line shown throughtout the walk in book form served to highlight... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Ian J
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum and restored village buildings depicted the catastrophe of the 1886 eruption extremely well. The story line shown throughtout the walk in book form served to highlight the historical facts.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Buried Village is a large area with buildings, artifacts and historical information that will interest all ages. Wonderful opportunity to educate the children as it provides actual evidence they can see, feel and touch.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just went for the first time - and so glad I did - what a great place. I learnt soooo much. My 8yr old niece had fun finding all the clues from one site to the next. Lots to take in could do this properly over a few days. A bit expensive entry fee $34. But kids are FREE!. I... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even if you are just passing, call in and have the scones with jam. At only $3.50 a really good price.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our tour guide took us here as our last stop on our whirlwind Rotorua day. We were tired but walking here and learning about this settlement and the pink staircases and the eruption was interesting. The waterfall was also very beautiful

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

We are glad you enjoyed learning about the history of this area and walking through our grounds. The Pink and White Terraces on Lake Rotomahana were a huge tourist attraction in the 1870's and 1880's. Early tourists from all over the world came to this village to take guided tours to the terraces. Sadly they were destroyed and buried in... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The story behind the burying of the village when Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886 is a tragic one, but very well told. There's excellent interpretation in the museum in the visitor centre, and along the track as you wander through the village. There's a cafe on site, so it offers everything for the traveller.

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

We are pleased that you found the displays in the museum and park informative and enjoyed your visit. The cafe has a history as a Tea House where Devonshire Teas have been the signature dish for decades. Thank you for your commending review of the Buried Village, it's much appreciated. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If it wasn't for the written commentaries around the place describing what we were looking at it would be a fizzer. Something needs to be done to enhance the place. Looking at mounds of grass and trying to visualise the whare or hotel that stood there just doesn't cut it I'm afraid. The people were very friendly but...

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

I'm sorry to hear that your expectations of the Buried Village hadn't been quite met. The whares and European houses of Te Wairoa had been built from natural materials that deteriorated quickly after the Tarawera eruption when the area was deserted by the former residents. The excavations show the original floor levels of the houses and in particular the level... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the day to kill so we went to have a look at this place. The staff were period dressed and very helpful. They suggested it would take 1 to 1.5 hours to do a full visit. After 3 hours they were closing and we had just finished viewing everything they had! Fantastic retelling of a tragic but compelling... More 

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

It is always lovely for us to hear that visitors spend a lot more time here than we recommend. There is a lot of information about the Tarawera eruption to be absorbed in the museum and excavated village sites and if visitors have an interest in history an hour is definitely not enough time. Thank you for your visit and... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic time had here, the kids (6,8&11) really enjoyed the treasure hunt, very informative. Beautiful scenery - the waterfalls were breath taking

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

Thank you for your recent review. We are pleased to read that your family found their visit to the Buried Village both enjoyable and informative. The waterfall is a bonus at the end of the park tour and beautiful indeed. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our 13 and 11 year olds. They enjoyed the Treasure Hunt, stream and waterfalls and the other attractions including the archaeological sights. The staff were lovely. Make sure you find out when the next talk is and take the time to attend is as it's very short. Wear good walking shoes. Make sure you take the walk... More 

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

We are pleased to read that your family enjoyed their visit to the Buried Village. Our museum and the signage around the excavated village sites cover the story of the Tarawera eruption that was so disastrous for the people of Te Wairoa. When you look at the beautiful scenery today it is hard to imagine the destruction 130 years ago.... More 

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