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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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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.
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1180 Tarawera Road | RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
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+64 7-362 8287
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

This village was different to the thermal attractions we also saw. It was interesting to see what had happened to the village after the eruption and how nature had recovered. I did think there would have been more of the old village uncovered but that...More

Thank sega58
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2016

Thanks so much for your recent review. The Buried Village is a unique Rotorua attraction and has a fascinating story to tell. Nearby, Lake Rotomahana was the focus of a 19th century tourist boom, with the people of Te Wairoa prospering from ever increasing visitors...More

Reviewed 9 February 2016

The entry fee was exorbitant for the value of the sights and information. The village is not buried. The town or village that was flooded was at one time buried and the remnants have been dug out and are on show in small structures along...More

Thank Evelynne G
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2016

Thanks for your recent review of the Buried Village but I am sorry to hear that you were a little disappointed. The village is a unique Rotorua attraction, the fascinating story being part of not only Rotorua's but New Zealand's cultural and historical landscape. It...More

Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed walking around the displays and the grounds. Lots of useful information. The walk to the waterfall was hard work but worth it

Thank shazzy39
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2016

The history surrounding the early tourism in New Zealand and the eruption of Mt Tarawera is fascinating. Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed not just the history, but the beautiful walk to the Wairere Falls. Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback.

Reviewed 3 February 2016

We enjoyed this - easy to follow the progress of the story, good labelling of sites. Brochure hasn't caught up with the latest added bits, though! Not sure it would have been wheelchair friendly (our wheelchair user declined the visit), as it was quite rutted...More

Thank kiwidiver255371
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2016

Thanks so much for your recent review. We value all feedback and use it as a means of measuring and improving our facilities, so I will pass your comments on It was great to hear that enjoyed learning about the Tarawera eruption and the total...More

Reviewed 1 February 2016

If you love history and if you have 2 hours in front of you. Give it a try but the fee for the entry is expensive compared to other themed parks.More

Thank Michel M
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2016

Thanks for taking the time to post a review following your recent visit to the Buried Village. This unique Rotorua attraction has been owned and privately funded by the same family for 85 years. The village tells an important story and is part of the...More

Reviewed 1 February 2016

I was a bit reluctant to pay the $30 entry fee for what looked a bit like a dusty old museum from the entrance but in the end it was well worth it. The grounds are quite extensive and the guide who took us round...More

Thank pommybattler
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2016

Thank you so much for visiting and wonderful to hear that your initial reluctance was short lived. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable and love to share stories of the Terraces and the Tarawera eruption with our visitors. Your reward of tea and scones was well...More

Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

We took a suprising two hours here reading information seeing the displays have a nice walk around the grounds and the beautiful waterfall. Gardens well kept staff were friendly. Was a nice follow on from visiting wio-o-tapu tying in the volcanic history.More

Thank Hammond1
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2016

Thanks so much for taking the time to post such positive comments. We work in a wonderful environment and have such a unique story to tell, so it is always a delight to share this with our visitors. Glad that you were able to take...More

Reviewed 31 January 2016

They have thoughtfully preserved this piece of history, and i love how they have included letters from those long ago about their experiences. It's also worth the walk to the waterfall.. this is located in the village itself, and the steps are steep and not...More

Thank lstill1970
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2016

Thanks for choosing to visit the Buried Village as part of your recent holiday in Rotorua. Margaret's letters are lovely to follow, and seeing things through the eyes of a Victorian tourist who visited prior to the eruption adds a very special dimension. The walk...More

Reviewed 27 January 2016

Excellently presented reconstruction on what happened in 1886. Good museum giving facts then a walk around outside to see what has been unearthed in excavations. But what really makes this is the cafe with it. Fantastic scones and flat whites. We have travelled all over...More

Thank Pat W
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2016

So glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the Buried Village and thank you for the wonderful comments you posted on our attraction and cafe. The scones are truly delicious, and they have been made on our premises since tearooms were first established here in...More

Reviewed 26 January 2016

We visited on a VERY hot day and really appreciated the many places in shade to sit and rest on the way around the site. The museum was informative and well laid out. I particularly liked the way the story of the eruption and aftermath...More

Thank Rockdog497
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2016

Thanks for choosing to visit us on such a hot day. Great to hear that you took advantage of the lovely shady spots where you could rest and also take in the beautiful scenery. Margaret's letters are lovely to follow. Seeing the village through the...More

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