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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Pleasant few hours out

This attraction tells the story of a volcanic eruption that destroyed this village. I think the entrance fee is a little steep, but still quite good value. Interesting little... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quite simply a lovely way to while away a few hours. Excellent and friendly environment with some lovely walks and an interesting history. Thankyou.

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Driggs, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great place to visit and learn a little more about what happened in the area. They have a great little treasure hunt to keep kids engaged. Absolutely beautiful waterfall to see and just a beautiful area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take some time out and wander through what used to be a bustling village until an eruption buried it in the 1880's. The whole village was covered. Many lives were lost (that's the sad part) and there are many artifacts recovered from the site (that's the interesting part) that are on display in the Museum. New Zealand's first tourist attraction... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You walk through the museum and see artefacts from the time of a tragic volcanic eruption that buried the entire village of Te Wairoa. Read stories of the victims involved and picture for yourself the scenario at the time of the event. The trail leads you out of the museum and into the actual archaeological site of the village which... More 

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

Thanks so much for your recent review of the Buried Village. It certainly is an interesting walk through a very tragic history and makes you realise the power of nature, and how it gives and takes away. More 

Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This archaeological site tells the story of the 1886 eruption that destroyed the local villages, and tells it well. It is fascinating to see and indeed enter the very houses that people were living in only that short period ago. The museum gives a good intro, the gardens are beautiful and the walk to the waterfall well worth it.

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

Thanks so much for your lovely review which really sums up what we hope our visitors will take away from their visit. So glad we were able to share this important part of New Zealand's heritage with you. More 

Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction tells the story of a volcanic eruption that destroyed this village. I think the entrance fee is a little steep, but still quite good value. Interesting little museum and simulation of the quake. Lovely walk around the site with artefacts etc on route.

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

The Buried Village is a private tourist attraction that has been run by the Smith family for three generations. The first excavations were done in the 1930's and since then every generation has contributed to preserving the history of the Tarawera eruption. Thank you for your visit and review. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found the buried village and it's history fascinating. Especially reading the recounts of people who survived and hearing how the landscape changed afterwards. As we walked around and saw the displays and artifacts it showed the changing world we live in and how quickly natural forces can change our environment. Well worth a visit down a steep track with stairs... More 

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

It is always pleasing for us to hear that our visitors enjoyed their visit to the Buried Village and learned a bit along the way. Thank you for your visit and your commendation. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Certainly the scenery is stunning, a very tranquil environment. Be sure to walk down to the waterfall - it's well worth the effort. There was a lot of information in the museum, but we found the actual outdoor sites underwhelming. Overall, we were expecting more considering how much it costs to get in.

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

Sorry to hear that the excavation sites didn't meet your expectations. A lot of the objects that were found in the sites are now displayed in the museum to better preserve them. Some of the whares had been re-created on their original floor level to give visitors an idea of what the originals would have looked like. The Rotomahana mud... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful walk beside a running stream leading to a fantastic waterfall whilst reveling in stories of catastrophic eruption of Mt Tarawera. Meticulously curated, wonderful reception and the treasure hunt was definitely fun fun fun! Nice relaxing walk suitable for all family. Waterfall is a bit hard to reach due to steep descent and then ascent, leave your stroller at... More 

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

We are pleased that all your family enjoyed their visit to the Buried Village. The waterfall track is not suitable for strollers as you say. It is best to bring a baby pack for that part but the main park is fine for strollers. We suggest to visitors without baby packs to maybe take turns for the walk down to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved reading the history and learning what happened. Very good simulation of the quake. Beautiful setting creating a gorgeous environment full of memories. Lovely streams and waterfall.

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

We are pleased that you appreciated the set up of the Buried Village and learned a bit about the Tarawera eruption. Thank you for your visit and your positive review. More 

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