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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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  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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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 6 January 2016 via mobile

I went to Te Wairoa with a group of friends and we were all really looking forward to it. The history behind the village and the eruption was fascinating but the village itself was disappointing. I don't know how the $32.50 admission price is justified...More

Thank Victoria R
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 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 experience, the fascinating story being part of New Zealand's heritage and cultural landscape. It is a privately owned...More

Reviewed 3 January 2016

Been here a few times over the years. It just gets better! Especially the inside displays. This time I had teenagers with me who studiously read all the information and were very interested in the story of the eruption and the terrible effects of it....More

Thank NZNana
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2016

Thanks so much for your recent review and for the inclusion of such lovely photos. It's always a pleasure to see that our locals are proud of what we have to offer. Thanks also for bringing your teenage visitors, and sharing our special piece of...More

Reviewed 2 January 2016

A very well documented part of the volcanic eruption that took the pink terraces away from this amazing part of the country. High recommend this experience and the tea and cakes in the very relaxed café.More

Thank Yvonne A
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2016

Thanks so much for sharing your experience at the Buried Village with us. We really do live and work in an amazing part of the country, and only a scenic 15-minute drive from Rotorua city. Great that you took away such fantastic memories of your...More

Reviewed 2 January 2016

Our visit to the buried was so interesting and informative. The kids had a great run around the village and had fun doing the treasure hunt. It's worth the trip if you're interested in the Mt Tawarewa eruption and the pink and white terraces. No...More

Thank Mike S
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2016

Thanks so much for your feedback on the Buried Village. It was really nice to have your family visit us. The treasure hunt is a great way to keep the childrens interest up, and they also love the little reward they get for finding the...More

Reviewed 1 January 2016

As mentioned by other reviewers, this place tells of the true history of the 1886 Tarawera eruption............first hand!! After THREE visits to Rotorua, I have finally visited this historic sight just out of town and SO glad that I did. The excellent museum tells of...More

Thank YoungJenny13
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2016

Wow!!! What can I say other than thank you so much for such an amazing review and 5 star rating. So pleased that you allowed plenty of time to immerse yourself in the fascinating stories and beautiful scenery that make this place so special. I...More

Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

The Buried Village was one of the most beautiful, peaceful places I have ever visited. The devastation of 1886 has been replaced by beautiful lawns and NZ vegetation. We strolled along the pathways absorbing the tranquillity and stories of the people and their lives before...More

Thank Bev783
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Responses like yours make our day, so thanks for taking the time to post such lovely comments. The drive to the Buried Village past the Blue and Green Lakes is one of the most picturesque in the region, topped off only by the view from...More

Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

We had a lovely time walking around on a self guided tour reading about the various sites along the paths. You are given a laminated map to use along the way so you know where you are going. The information given in the museum is...More

Thank Jacqueline B
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Thanks so much for visiting the Buried Village and providing us with constructive feedback. Firstly our apologies for not informing you that BOTH the shop and the museum close at 5pm. The park you are able to take your time in, and enjoy the late...More

Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

The tea house provided some really yummy lunches prior to our buried village walk which was quite nice. We did feel like we paid $30 odd for the walk itself rather than the experience. I believe a lot of the buildings in the excavations were...More

Thank Eva B
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Thanks so much for providing such honest feedback. The Smith family have owned and privately funded the Buried Village since 1931. During this time many sites have been excavated and sensitively re-developed. The downside to earlier excavations has meant that because of deterioration, reconstruction has...More

Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Gives you the story of what happened but there is v. little to see that pertains to the eruption. However the written history in the main building is v.good as are the Devonshire cream teas.... We suggest a walk to view the waterfall ( from...More

Thank Tina T
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on the Buried Village. Walking to the base of the Wairere Falls and getting that lovely view down the valley is a steeper but very beautiful option. Good to hear that you rewarded yourself with a delicious...More

Reviewed 29 December 2015

After visiting the Buried Village of Te Wairoa everything else we saw around Rotorua fell into place; this was a popular holiday destination in its day. On arrival we were greeted by some lovely ladies in costume, it is a quaint little museum full of...More

Thank Leah P
Pam M, General Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2016

Thanks for taking the time to post such an informative review. The Buried Village has a unique story to tell and links so well with many other Rotorua attractions:- Whakarewarewa, the Rotorua Museum and the Waimangu Valley to name just a few. Our "lovely ladies...More

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