The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is a little way out of Rotorua, but very much worth visiting. In private ownership since 1931, this place has the excavated remains of the little tourist village of Te Wairoa, which was smothered in mud from a violent volcanic eruption in 1882. The story is told in the excellent museum, and the guided tour around the various points of interest on the site was very knowledgeable and well-presented. The only shame is that a few sites of known and significant build0ings are not on the property but on bordering land, and no access to them is possible. This is a 19C Pompeii, very well-preserved and presented, and an excellent lesson in just how prone this land is to volcanic activity.
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