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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

1180 Tarawera Road | RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8287
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1180 Tarawera Road | RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have been to Rotorua several times but this is my first time to visit the Buried Village. It was much more fun than I thought. I learnt a lot through the guided tour. It is more interesting to see those reilcs when you know...More

Thank Jenny Q
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

What a great review, thank you. I am so happy you took the time to visit us here at the Buried Village on your recent visit to Rotorua. Yes the stories of the people of Te Wairoa are very interesting and make the village come...More

Reviewed August 30, 2014

Definately one to do, very interesting and a lovely and informative walk through the village as well

Thank James M
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

Thanks for the great response. Yes the stories of the people of Te Wairoa are very interesting and make the village come alive. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed August 28, 2014

Our children had a great time doing the treasure hunt (which was really challenging in places!! Yay!) and we loved the wild trout in the stream. Great displays with lots of information. Friendly staff.More

Thank marshy32
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

What a great review. Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend us. We rely a lot on these reviews to help make the Buried Village better. Great that the children enjoyed the treasure hunt and it wasn't too easy :) We hope...More

Reviewed August 23, 2014

Excavation of this buried village allows you to see the size of the houses people lived in, as well as the hotel. Take time in the museum before hand to understand the layout of the village and who certain people were before heading outside to...More

Thank Fforde
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

Thanks for the great response. Yes the stories of the people of Te Wairoa are very interesting and make the village come alive. The Museum provides exhibits of Te Wairoa from the early settlers, to the Geological Wonders: The Pink and White Terraces, and excavated...More

Reviewed August 23, 2014

Take the road to Lake Tarawera, the village is located passed the Green lake. Te Wairoa was buried by a violent eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. There is a museum and an archeological site with full descriptions of what was buried and destructed by...More

Thank dangerly
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

Thanks for the great response. Yes the stories of the people of Te Wairoa are very interesting and make the village come alive. The Museum provides exhibits of Te Wairoa from the early settlers, to the Geological Wonders: The Pink and White Terraces, and excavated...More

Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lots of information about the last major volcanic eruption in this area...amazing! Very very interesting, lots of information, partly indoors and partly outdoors - a lovely walk!

Thank Bethie
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

Thank you for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed your tour and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

The walk around the park is easy and informative.The staff suggested we take the time to walk to the waterfalls which is a steep decent and steep incline but so worth the walk.Great attraction

Thank Bianca S
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

Thank you so much for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit :) Many Thanks Christina

Reviewed August 10, 2014

NZ is a wonderful place, that's a given. From a tourist perspective (as a Kiwi travelling around or a visitor to our shores) genuine historical sites are often little more than views or paddocks. This represents some genuine NZ history in all it's shocking detail....More

Thank Palmytaff
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

Thank you so much for your review and taking the time to share your experience. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed August 8, 2014

Love this place, the staff were wonderful. We asked them a couple of questions regarding the site and they truly know their stuff. We had a great look around and then went to their cafe. Again lovely Staff and their prices are fantastic. Can't speak...More

Thank Kelly N
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

Wow thank you so much for your five star review. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. I will pass this onto our guides, I am sure they will be thrilled. We hope to see you again soon,

Reviewed August 5, 2014

It was 18 years ago when we were last there. They have done so much work and it was fantastic. Take your time and do the whole walk. It's worth it.

Thank Heather T
Pam M, Sales & Marketing at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

Thank you for your positive review. We are very happy you enjoyed your visit. The Buried Village has definitely evolved over the years, without spoiling the true history. We hope to see you again soon :)

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