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The Buried Village - Archaeological Site and Museum Admission

New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mount Tarawera Eruption come to life!

Highlights

  • Visit the award-winning Museum of Te Wairoa exhibition
  • Explore the archaeological sites which reveal the devastation of the eruption
  • Gain unique insights with guided storytelling or by using our electronic tour app
  • Children can partake in Smithy's Treasure Hunt with clues around the excavated sites
  • Take a stroll along the waterfall trail to Te Wairoa Falls


The violent volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886 which engulfed the village of Te Wairoa in rocks, ash and mud. 150 lives were lost and the eighth wonder of the world; The Pink and White Terraces vanished.


Step back in time and learn the history of Te Wairoa village!


Museum of Te Wairoa - Displayed are a large array of objects over 90 years old excavated from the ruins of the eruption and exhibits of the early settlers.

Archaeological Site - Explore the devastation of the eruption as you walk through the excavated sites which once housed the people of Te Wairoa.

Guided Tours - For those wishing to gain deeper insights into this unique area, guided tours can be provided (included in the admission price). Hear the powerful stories that cannot be forgotten. Guided tours run at 10:30am and 2:30pm Wed-Sun.

Electronic Tour Devices - If you like to take things at your own pace - free electronic devices provide a video tour of the archaeological site.

Waterfall Trail - View the magnificent Te Wairoa stream and Wairere Falls. Catch a glimpse of the trout in the stream making their way through the crystal clear waters and feel the spray from the stunning waterfall as it plunges 30 metres over the Waitoharuru cliffs.

Smith & Co Cafe + Gift Store - Established in 1931, Vi's Teahouse and Gift Store provide famous Devonshire Tea and Scones, excellent coffee, delicious home baking and check out the great range of eco-friendly giftware and NZ books.

Children - The kids will love digging in the discovery room and exploring the Buried Village with Smithy our archaeologist, and playing on the playground at the end!


Adult $25.00 (Aged 18+)
Teen $10.00 (Aged 13-17 years)

What's included

  • Entry to the Buried Village
  • Guided or electronic tour
  • Smithy's Treasure Hunt for children

Location

  • 1180 Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera - a stunning 15-minute scenic drive from Rotorua.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Open hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm.

    Guided Tour Times: 10:30am and 2:30pm.

    Conditions: Discount tickets are time-specific. Buried Village allows a 30 minute grace period only either side of a discount booking time. Outside of this grace period, you will have to pay the difference in rate to enter. Cancellations within 24 hours non-refundable.

    Disabled Access: Wheelchair access is provided with sealed paths and ramps. There are no steep or challenging parts within the normal walking tracks of the Buried Village. The only part of the village that unfortunately is not accessible for wheelchairs due to the nature of the terrain is the walk to the waterfall. We have a wheelchair available for public use - please enquire at reception.

  • Children aged 0 - 12 years old go FREE.

Available Bookings from April 22 to April 28

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Elaine Reid from New Zealand wrote on 18 July 2018

Really great

All 4 adults enjoyed the walk around the sites and liked the information sheets layout. The treasure blunt for the children is stroke of genius and kept them happily following the trial.

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Rita Saric from New Zealand wrote on 22 April 2021

Great family outing

Family enjoyed the experience, grandchildren loved the treasure hunt, adults found the tour very interesting the waterfalls were a added surprise. The Tour guild was very engaging and did a great presentation. The visit exceeded expectations.

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Holly from New Zealand wrote on 05 April 2021

The buried village

Great attraction. Full of history really friendly and informative tour guide. Interesting for all ages reccomend to anyone especially for something a bit different from Rotorua's usual attractions.

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blairw2 from New Zealand wrote on 01 April 2021

Exceptional

Brilliant reception welcome. We were welcomed warmly with a very thorough understanding of the village and its background from the polite lady at the entrance.

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lesleyp3 from New Zealand wrote on 30 March 2021

Well worth while

This is well worth a visit. The excavation work over the years is amazing and the information provided gives a great insight to that period of time. Also well worth taking the extra stairs to the waterfall.

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