Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Buried Village of Te Wairoa, Rotorua

Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Buried Village of Te Wairoa
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Robyn G
Raglan, New Zealand90 contributions
May 2022
This was a childhood favourite and I was pleased that the sewing machine in the tree is still there! The village includes a really informative museum section, which has a good background on what the village was like before, during and after the eruption. The outdoor section is an intriguing walk around the archaeological sites. The full loop walk is quite long and there isn't much to see around the back part. Only do the waterfall walk if you feel fit.
Written 15 May 2022
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Shannon P
Auckland6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Ive been to Rotorua many times but have never been to the Buried Village. What a fascinating and devasting history all in one.

Walking down to the waterfall was well worth the trip back up.

Also loved the clues for the kids. It had them running between areas to hunt down the next one.
Written 7 April 2022
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MattyS72
Nelson, New Zealand163 contributions
Very interesting to walk around. Nice and quiet. Informative storyboards and artifacts about what happened in the area when the mountain erupted. Easy to walk about.
Written 11 March 2022
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Gregory H
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
Jan 2022
Well worth the visit to learn about the area's history, both the settlers and the volcanic. Make sure you take the walk down to the beautiful waterfall. A really relaxing afternoon.
Written 6 February 2022
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Louise C
5 contributions
Jan 2022
Interesting yes, but overpriced for what Rotorua provides in comparison. Compare with the Redwoods Treetops experience for the same price, or the many free walks and lakes in the region, sorry, won't be recommending this.
Written 8 January 2022
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Douds974
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Jan 2022
A beautiful walk and interesting history (very insightful). The detour to the waterfall is a must do. Careful, it's steep and the loop is closed for now.
Written 7 January 2022
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Fred R
5 contributions
Jan 2022
The history of the town and event as well as the archaeological dig was very well displayed. There is a lot of information available and as much or little of it can be viewed as desired. It is presented in a way that keeps everyone interested in following the story and children engaged. They loved doing the treasure hunt!
Written 7 January 2022
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Dp P
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Jun 2021
Interesting look at how bad the eruption actually was recommended the bush/waterfall walk steep steps however well worth it...
Written 29 September 2021
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lian06
75 contributions
Lots of us went as school kids but that’s a while ago now! Nice drive from Rotorua city. Friendly and helpful service. Unique place to visit and the museum artefacts are well worth viewing to give you a strong feeling for the events of that night. Enjoyed the tea and scones at the end too.
Written 25 September 2021
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stumblethru
Melbourne, Australia72 contributions
Jul 2021
Highly recommend a visit to the Buried Village, which is a short 10-15 min drive out of Rotorua. The village was buried by a volcanic eruption in the late 1800s, and was frozen in time, much like Pompeii. There is a really interesting museum that you can walk through to learn more about the residents and some of the stories that came out of the day, including a guide who saved a lot of people, a phantom canoe and a few tragic stories of people who lost their lives that night. You can then walk around and see where they lived and more about what happened. Highly recommend a walk down to the beautiful waterfall nearby, just beware the stairs to get down are pretty steep!
Written 19 August 2021
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Buried Village of Te Wairoa is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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