Buried Village

Buried Village 1180 Tarawera Road, Rotorua view on map
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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 of Mt Tarawera in June 10 1886 was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters. For more than four terrifying hours rocks, ash, and mud bombarded the peaceful village of Te Wairoa ending more than 150 lives and destroying the eighth wonder of the world; The Pink and White terraces, but it doesn't end there…
Thanks to sensitive restoration and preservation of this vast archaeological area by three generations of the Smith and McGrath families; you can see what life was like at the village before, during, and after the eruption.

Buried Village highlights:

ENCOUNTER the award winning Museum of Te Wairoa exhibition and be enriched in the collection of excavated objects (Taonga) over 130 years old.

EXPLORE the archaeological sites which reveal the devastation of the eruption to this once bustling European and Maori village settlement. Walk among and enter the very sites that once housed the people of Te Wairoa.

EXPERIENCE the unique insights and storytelling from our tour guides or use an electronic tour app.

TAKE the beautiful waterfall trail which showcases the stunning Te Wairoa (Wairere) Falls. Be thrilled as you stand in the spray of the waterfall as it plunges 40 meters to the valley below.

CHILDREN can enjoy Smithy's Map searching through the excavated sites for clues to find treasure at the end of the visit.

REFRESH at Vi's Tea house offering delicious scones (with whipped cream and jam), Kiwi's favorite selection of Pastry Pies, Devonshire Tea, and excellent fresh-ground coffee or browse the range of gifts in our gift store

A visit to the Buried Village encompasses Rotorua's most scenic drive and starting with the Redwood Forest walking and bike trails (5 minutes from city), Redwood Treewalk (voted NZ's #1 tree-top bridge walk by Tourism NZ), Blue and Green Lakes freedom walk (10 minutes from city), Start of the Tarawera Trail (a 14 km freedom tramp to Hot water Beach) just 15 minutes from city, Buried Village and Te Wairoa Waterfall (just 20 minutes from city) and then to the Lake Tarawera Landing (just 30 minutes from city) where you can catch a water-taxi for a lake cruise to either Hot-water beach or to the trail that leads to Tarawera Falls (voted NZ's #1 waterfall by Department of Conservation). The Tarawera Waterfall trail is a comfortable 90 minute trek from the shores of Lake Tarawera into the Tarawera native bush area.

Buried Village
  • Me and my group of friends had such a amazing time visiting! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly I will highly recommend the buried village! 5
    RENEE MARSHALL - Aug 1, 2019 (Stayed Jul 2019) Travelbug verified review
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  • A lovely informative experience and not too commercialised as it’s a little out of the way and lovely staff 5
    DANIELLE HUGHES - Jun 9, 2019 (Stayed Jun 2019) Travelbug verified review
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  • Was great to book online and just be able to walk in 5
    LIZ BINNS - May 22, 2019 (Stayed Apr 2019) Travelbug verified review
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  • Well organised, knowledgeable and friendly staff, fascinating exhibits. A must see to understand the history of the area. 5
    RAY SMITH - Mar 28, 2016 (Stayed Mar 2016) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for the amazing feedback. PLeased to hear that you enjoyed yourselves.
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  • Very glad we went to the Buried village. The guide that tokk us throguht the 1st 45 minutes of the village was knowledgeable and witty, and bought the area to life. Well worth the visit 5
    DEAN HARTLEY - Apr 2, 2015 (Stayed Mar 2015) Travelbug verified review
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  • Fast confirmation for this booking once book. No issue faced when exchange for the tickets. 4
    SIEW GEOK SEE - Mar 17, 2015 (Stayed Mar 2015) Travelbug verified review
  • Many thanks for your feedback. We hope you enjoyed your visit.
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