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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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Address: 1180 Tarawera Road | RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Phone Number: +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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We enjoyed the information before our walk around the village. We were let down with the lack of new excavations. There hasn't been much happening there for many years. It was ok... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Kruzi
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Adelaide
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the information before our walk around the village. We were let down with the lack of new excavations. There hasn't been much happening there for many years. It was ok and good to hear the history and the set out is beautiful. It is worth a look if you can afford it. We did get a senior discount... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Family school holidays long weekend in Rotorua, where we have been half a dozen times but never to the buried village. Very interesting and well presented information, though quite a bit of repetition- at least if you missed the story the first time it was presented again further along the path. The children loved the treasure hunt and kept them... More 

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Thank Phil M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of further information about the Tarawera eruption with the opportunity to see places and things from the time. We are a young coupe and it just didn't really do it for us though. That said, the walk down by the river and out to the waterfall was fantastic - not sure it alone was worth the entry though as... More 

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

Sorry to read that your expectations of the Buried Village hadn't been quite met. This is a historic tourist attraction and the admission fee includes the museum, the excavated village sites of Te Wairoa and the nature walk along the trout stream and down to the waterfall. There must have been a misunderstanding regarding the opening hours because we are... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd never heard of this place but it is kind of watered down Pompei of the south pacific! It is the story and site of a village that was completely destroyed in the 1930s by a volcanic eruption. It is also well worth a visit further down the road to the lakeside ( Lake Rotmahana) where you can see the... More 

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

Thank you for your visit and comprehensive review. We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit to the Buried Village and took the time to further explore this area. We often send our visitors to the lookout further up the road from where they get a spectacular view (in good weather) of Mt. Tarawera and Lake Tarawera.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Buried Village while in Rotorua a few weeks ago. It was winter but a nice day and we really enjoyed it. They do a pretty good job of sharing a piece of NZ history and the trail to the waterfall is awesome -- well worth the walk so don't miss it. Also stop for tea in the... More 

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Thank Wendy G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was done well, lots of historic and interesting information and artefacts. There is a walk around what used to be a village buried by the Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886, kids liked the treasure hunt and there was a walk down to a waterfall which was spectacular.

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

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you and your children enjoyed your visit and learned a few things about the history of this area. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really wanted to see the waterfall that was here. It was super cool, not sure if it was worth the $20 NZD per person to just see it. I feel like this would be a good activity for children, or families with children.

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

The adult admission of $32.50 covers our three attractions - the museum, the excavated village sites of Te Wairoa and the waterfall track. These attractions are linked to each other which means we haven't got a waterfall only option, sorry. However, most of our visitors, and as you point out, families in particular enjoy the whole tour around and find... More 

Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for afternoon tea The food, tea and atmosphere is amazing There was 10 of us we all got great serviced and the lady's were so friendly They took our photo couldn't believe that that the young boy Alex we had with us was so caring and looked after the elderly van load we had we will be back

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

I'm glad that you had a lovely time in our Tea House. Devonshire Teas have a long history at the Buried Village. It was already served in the 1930's by Vi Smith, the first generation of the Smith family. Thank you for your visit, we would love to welcome you back. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Buried Village is of course partially excavated so you can see it. The Museum is excellent, and gives you the context for wandering around the actual village at your leisure. True stories of real people. Easy walking, interesting information along the way. Wild trout in the stream; gorgeous waterfall and the track is as steep as they warn you... More 

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the Buried Village. Thank you for your nice, comprehensive review. More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful museum stepping you back into the time of the eruption of Mt Tarawera. You can even experience a taste of what it was like. Take a stroll and see what were the Maori homes half buried with pictures and stories. There are guides who can tell you all you need to know. A cafe is joined to the... More 

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

Thank you for your visit and review. You obviously had a look into the 'Rotomahana Hotel' cabin in the museum to get a 'taste' of what the eruption must have been like. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your visit. More 

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