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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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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...more
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1180 Tarawera Road | RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8287
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting 2 hours. The waterfall is worthy of the climb. The buried village is similar to Pompeii but on a smaller scale and very little exists, nonetheless worth the visit

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum was excellent. I was very moved reading some personal accounts of the tragedies. The partly excavated buildings & Maori huts were very interesting & the whole area was extremely beautiful to walk around. It must have been a wonderful place to live in before...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice small museum to learn about the recent history of the area. Some buildings at the site really show the lifestyle of that time to the visitors. Also a nice side walk to the waterfall. Would recommend to take the time and do the walk...More

Thank 74lukasl
Reviewed 15 October 2018

We loved our time at the Buried Village of Te Wairoa. We mostly had the site to ourselves and loved the opportunity to wander in our own time and take in the story of the eruption of Mt Tarawera. If driving, take the time to...More

Thank Suzie P
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We usually recommend 1 1/2 hours to visit the Buried Village but many visitors stay here longer because they are, like you, intrigued by the story of the Tarawera eruption. Thank you for your visit and lovely review. We hope to welcome you back some...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

We found our visit here was a deep dive into the past which was almost magical! Would’ve loved to have seen the pink and white terraces when they were around after our tour here. Highly recommend to people who enjoy history / cultural trips. The...More

Thank amysamusements
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

It would be surely magical if the Pink & White Terraces were still on Lake Rotomahana but sadly they were destroyed and buried in the 1886 Tarawera eruption. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Buried Village and thank you for your compliments.

Reviewed 4 October 2018

The story is worth reading about as you walk through and the museum is good given the narrow topic. The Walk around is well managed and there is really good information as you go. However, please don't expect to find lots of old buildings that...More

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Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Thank you for your visit and review. The Buried Village is a private business that has been run by the Smith family since the 1930's. The admission fee pays for staff, maintenance and further developments of the Buried Village. We are sorry that you found...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

It's a lovely drive out, a great little museum that gives you the history of the eruption at Tarawera (which destroyed the pink and white terraces). The walk around the village wasn't as good as I'd remembered but it is a solemn place and it...More

Thank christinelm2017
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Many of our visitors comment on the serenity of the Buried Village grounds which seems fitting regarding the devastation that took place in the 1886 Tarawera eruption. The waterfall track is a challenge for most people but worth the effort. Thank you for your visit...More

Reviewed 30 September 2018

I visited about 30 years ago and enjoyed it then so was interested to go back and see it again. I was not disappointed. The museum is an excellent addition - it really brings the event to life when you read about people who lived...More

Thank Lynne G
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you for visiting us again after all these years. We are pleased to hear that you found your visit to the Buried Village a worthwhile experience. In today's peaceful setting it is indeed hard to contemplate the devastation the 1886 Tarawera eruption brought on...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018

We last visited Te Wairoa about 30 years ago and our visit this month really impressed us, with the development that has been done. The museum gives a real insight into what happened when Mount Tarawera erupted. This is carried through to the excavation that...More

Thank Ian T
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2018

Thank you very much for your visit and compliments regarding the village and museum. The Smith family who own the Buried Village are constantly upgrading and now have further help with their 4th generation who have come on board.

Reviewed 21 September 2018

This is a truly unique experience with some amazing stories of survival. How the village has been slowly recovered is absolutely amazing, The whole area is so well presented it is a pleasure to walk around. We didn't do the walk to the waterfall as...More

Thank clariss51
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2018

The walk to the waterfall is hard work indeed but most visitors say it is worth the effort. Thank you for your visit and lovely review, we do appreciate it.

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