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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1180 Tarawera Road | RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a small village that was buried under hot mud spouted by an eruption back in 1886. To walk around and see what devastation nature can do is incredible. Also along this walk, you learn about the people that uncovered the village as well...More

Thank LoneTraveller61
Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently visited with a traveling friend. The Buried Village had various interesting displays of the preserved remnants from the Tarawera eruption. The ladies at reception were absolutely lovely and very helpful. The walk through the village was nice, with an option for a detour through...More

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

Thank you for your visit and feedback. You obviously enjoyed every aspect of the Buried Village and even the clue hunt - we don't put an age restriction on that. Thank you also for your complimentary comment about the 'ladies at reception', it made their...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The story of the buried village is definitely interesting, and the museum at the enterance has a lot of information. unfortunately the walking route around the site shows much less than expected, only a few semi-buried houses, some recovered items, and some of the workshop...More

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

I'm sorry to read that your expectations of the excavated village sites had not been quite met. The whares and European houses had been built from natural materials like ponga stems, raupo and timber which means that unfortunately over the years some of the excavations...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to physically see history and the power of nature. The kids enjoyed the treasure hunt as did we. The staff dressed in period costume was a pleasant surprise. Very friendly and welcoming.More

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

Thank you for you review. I'm pleased that you and your family had an enjoyable and perhaps memorable time visiting the Buried Village. Staff here dress in Victorian costumes like the visitors to the Pink and White Terraces back in the 1880's. It sets the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The buried village is a must see in New zealand. To see the houses and hotels uncovered from under so much dirt is incredible and very humbling. The atmosphere is so calming and and we felt honoured to be able to see this amazing place.More

Thank kjohns19
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It certainly is very humbling when you stop and think about the very sad history of this area. In just a few short hours the peaceful village of Te Wairoa was devastated by the violent explosion of Mt Tarawera and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed visiting the Buried Village it started with a very friendly lady serving us with our tickets. The exhibit has been well thought out and well written. It takes you on a journey of the story in a very easy to read but informative...More

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

Thank you so much Jo for your positive review. We've tried to bring to life the history of that time and make it appealing to children and adults alike. Pleased to know you found it easy to read and informative.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is what is left of the village of te wairoa after the 1886 eruption of mt tarawera. Excellent historic value. If you like seeing old artifacts and stuff you'll love it. It provides a good history of the time around the eruption. Sad if...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review. The Buried Village is indeed a place to visit for people with an interest in history. The museum gives an insight into the fate of some of the residents of Te Wairoa. Many visitors feel touched by these stories...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must do when visiting Rotarua. Amazing private historical venue. Great I km walk including a lovely waterfallMore

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

Thanks for your review. We do appreciate the feedback. It is wonderful to visit a privately owned historic site. The museum sets the scene so that once you enter the excavated sites you have a good knowledge of the eruption in June 1886, and the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Buried Village of Te Wairoa during our trip as a whole tour. The staff in the museum and attraction were attentive and tried to keep us engaged by telling us the whole story of what happened when the three volcanoes erupted one...More

Thank Justin9127
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for your very positive comments. We are very proud of our heritage attraction and our staff often receive praise on their friendly manner. The walk down to the Wairere Falls is a little challenging...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The title says it all, we spent around 2 hours walking through the buried village and where amazed. We are nz history lovers to so this was perfect for us anyway, but truely what a magical spot and you have put nz history in the...More

Thank 73mopar
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We have tried very hard to keep the history alive following the tragic 1886 eruption.

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