Buried Village of Te Wairoa, Rotorua
(3.9/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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. With our online itinerary creator, Rotorua attractions like Buried Village of Te Wairoa can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This place is amazing. Great historical site and some very stunning scenery. Make sure you take the time to check out the waterfall track, it is absolutely glorious! 
  • I knew about the eruption of Mt Tarawera over a century ago, but this place brought to life, through contemporaneous accounts, the dreadful reality of what happened. Then to tour the parts of the vill...  more »
  • We saw this advertised in a the hotel brochure and it piqued my curiosity. It turned out to be an interesting walk through a tragic piece of history. It has been presented in a respectful way and show...  more »
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  • The history was made incredibly vivid and real, so much so I had tears at times reading it. Having an earthquake that night however made it a little too real!!
  • Had a great time today. Beautiful place. Yummy scones. Our son learnt a lot. One thing though.. We couldn't find the last clue!
  • A nice place to walk and know about the history. Worth come and see! And have a good cafe to have your lunch!
  • Came here for a pitstop. Ended up going for a 2 hour walk followed by waterfall visits. The burried village is a hidden gem of a tourist attraction. I highly recommend you hire out one of their iPods with the guided tour on them. You'll learn a lot about the lost treasures of the area and see a number of old maori huts that they're started excavating. There is lunch on offer with tea and scones but the best part is the mineral water they have.
  • The buried village is a great place to visit. A look back in time to the 1800's and into what happened during the eruption. The scones are pretty good too.