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“Worth a visit even if only for the scones!”

Buried Village of Te Wairoa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Worth a visit even if only for the scones!”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Well worth a visit! Good to learn about NZ's recent history. Fantastic walk through some amazing bush / waterfall. Best scones in town!

Visited June 2013
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Pam M, Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. Pleased you enjoyed the Buried Villages special qualities and did the walk to the Wairere Falls. Giving our scones "the best in town" rating is an awesome accolade. Thanks for the feedback.
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A little piece of history”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

I've always wanted to go here, but never quite make it. Quite an eerie feeling walking around - even in the pouring rain on the day we visited. I havent been to Pompeii, but imagine it is similar but on a much larger scale, and with bigger crowds. This was a big event in early colonial New Zealand. For my ancestors who lived here at the time, although they didnt experience the destruction first hand, it must have been simiar to 9/11 or the Boxing Day Indonesian tsunami for our generation. Well worth a trip - but maybe not for littlies - I dont think there is enough to grip their attention for too long.

Visited June 2013
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Hobart, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Highly Recommended”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

If you can't feel the past on this informative walk you do not have a sensitive bone in your body. I had the same feeling when I went to Pompeii. Can you imagine getting along nicely with your life and a volcano blows its top and buries your home and destroys your livelihood and maybe killed family or friends. On a lighter note there is a challenging 100 steps down and about the same up to see the beautiful waterfalls in a stunning glen. Take the time, it is worth the effort.

Visited June 2013
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Napier, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good Walks”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Visited here on a school trip, maybe it was just being with my friends but I didnt enjoy it as much as I should have. Not really a whole lot to see with the buried village but I enjoyed the walk up to the waterfall - make sure you go right up to it and take a photo! SImply outstanding

Visited February 2013
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United States
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Probably not worth the drive”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

This attraction really boils down to little more than a scenic walk to look at a few ancient timbers scattered here and there. Perhaps we're just a bit spoiled by other "buried" sites, such as one might find in Rome or Pompeii.

Visited April 2013
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