Buried Village of Te Wairoa, Rotorua

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Stories of New Zealand's largest eruption come to life at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, a popular archaeological site in the heart of the volcanic plateau of North Island. Follow the scenic pathways through pristine nature up to the waterfall overlooking the remote volcanic scenery. While there, try to catch a glimpse of the native rainbow trout. At the museum, discover the valuable collection of Victoriana, including the excavated remains of a Maori village and recreated scenes from the lasting devastation of the Tarawera eruption. Ask the guide to tell you the legend of the phantom canoe. Geological treasures include the pink and white terraces, which had been hidden in the depths of the lake but were recently excavated and made available to the public. Amenities include a tearoom nestled in tranquil native bush, a children's playground, and a gift shop. Add Buried Village of Te Wairoa to your Rotorua travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rotorua itinerary planner .
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  • Very good experience but slightly overpriced for what it is. Lovely walk through New Zealand native bush to a beautiful waterfall  more »
  • An interesting reminder of the impact of a volcanic eruption - the museum really brought the stories of those involved to life, and it was hard to be unmoved by the tragedy. Plenty to see and a pleasa...  more »
  • Well we took the kids there as an educational trip but it turned into a treasure hunt race around the place. It was good for them and they had fun but didn't learn a thing. Looks like it is better mai...  more »
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  • Really interesting insight into a catastrophe. The story is captivating and the displays as well. We have spent here way more than the recommended time amount, so be aware, one can loose it's sense of time here. But hey, that's only good, isn't it? :)
  • I 1st visited here in 1984 on a family trip. This time I didn't have my brother with me but I made an attempted to recreate an old photo (I hope the folks there don't mind, I wasn't actually sitting on it in the second photo) Always an interesting place to visit. The new museum is great.
  • Really interesting part of history. Would have been amazing to see those Terraces! Interesting walk and grwat way to understand the damage from volcanic eruptions.
  • What a great way to spend a afternoon. The smell you get use to it. Good safe walking boards. Safety signs everywhere. Clean toilets. Good parking.
  • We went to visit not really knowing what to expect. When my kids seen it was a walk they cringed. That soon became a distant memory when they were asked if they were interested in doing the treasure hunt😁. The Buried Village really is a beautiful place to visit and the history learned along your travels is great. The waterfall is absolutely beautiful, definitely worth taking that path as you have a choice to walk down to the waterfall or back to the cafe. We took many photos there, just gorgeous. The staff are so welcoming and friendly I couldn't fault them for hospitality. Will definitely visit again and it wasn't expensive either $64.50 for 2 adults and 2 children. By far the cheapest adventure on our holiday 😁.

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