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Buried Village of Te Wairoa: Tours & Tickets

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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a shame it rained so much, the village would have been wonderful, the museum was really great and the lady on reception was so good with heaps of special things to tell us about the eruption, never the less we had a great day...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank pommyjill
Reviewed 1 week ago

A brilliant insight into the history of the volcano and the surrounding town. Beautiful scenary and would highly recommend the walk out to the waterfall for a spectacular view. Staff are extremely friendly and approachable. They have a lot of knowledge are are happy to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ehill91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this a very interesting spot to visit. The staff were lovely and we finished off with a very nice morning tea in the cafe. On paying we got the audio guide (swaping our car keys) and a map. We had our own earphones...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank WoodgateFamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were given a lovely welcome by the friendly staff here. They introduce you to the area and make sure you know what your options are. We did a walk right around the village and found it fascinating. The section along the Te Wairoa stream...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

The museum part at the entrance was very well done and very informative but we found the rest was at best a pleasant walk. Yes they uncovered some items and structures and the letters made interesting reading, but we didn’t find the rest that interesting....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank tekohiwi
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2019

We are sorry to hear that your visit to the Buried Village didn't meet your expectations. Many of the excavated objects from the house sites have been moved to the museum for safekeeping. The village of Te Wairoa was buried by 1 1/2 metres of...More

Reviewed 14 August 2019

I came here on a whim as other plans hadn't worked out. I'm so glad I did because it was fantastic. There were lots of information boards to tell you about the site and being about to walk around it really brought it home that...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Vix0001
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2019

It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Buried Village. This is definitely a place for people who are interested in history. Most visitors love the beautiful setting and the waterfall. Thank you for your lovely review.

Reviewed 12 August 2019 via mobile

Until I arrived at the Buried Village site I had very limited knowledge of what happened in June 1886. I found the museum very informative and the sites I visited were easy to walk around and read, with clear signage and descriptions. Overall I found...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sightsee213455
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2019

Thank you for your appreciation of the Buried Village experience. The Tarawera eruption is an important part of the local and NZ history and it is indeed very moving when you contemplate the effects it had on the people of this area. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 6 August 2019

The Whare Taonga is fantastic. Full explanation before you do the self walk around the village. Walk is very well done and a lot of work has gone into it. Beautiful scenery along the stream and waterfall. Spotted trout in the stream. Loved the letters...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2019

We are pleased that you obviously enjoyed every aspect of the Buried Village experience. Thank you for your visit and lovely review.

Reviewed 1 August 2019

We spent an afternoon at the buried village learning about this catastrophic event. This village complimented our Maori village experience as it helped us understand more the history behind the white and pink. Highly suggest it and if possible, the cafe serves delicious food to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2019

We are pleased that you gained a better understanding of the story behind the Pink and White Terraces which were the first tourist attraction in New Zealand. Thank you for your visit and review.

Reviewed 29 July 2019

This area was buried under mud during an eruption by the volcano Mount Tarawera 1886 when 120 people died. The village was a stop for people on their way to the pink terraces. Here in the museum and on the grounds you can see the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Anette12345
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2019

You are right, the village of Te Wairoa was the staging post on the way to the Pink and White Terraces on Lake Rotomahana. Victorian tourists came here from 1870 onwards and were guided and transported over Lake Tarawera by members of Tuhourangi to see...More

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