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The Buried Village - Archaeological Site and Museum Admission

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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.

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, Smith & Co Cafe 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!

**Currently Unavailable** 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. Currently unavailable due to Covid 19 restrictions.

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

What's included

  • Entry to the Buried Village
  • 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.

    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 28 Jun to 04 Jul 2022

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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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shaunl1 from New Zealand wrote on 21 July 2021

A must do

An awesome experience and the tour guide was well informed and funny. The water falls are amazing 🤩

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Alana from New Zealand wrote on 12 July 2021

buried treasure

great experience, kids loved the treasure hunt! the waterfall walk is lovely & challenging. we learnt alot being immersed in history and reading the different stories of people who lived through the eruption.

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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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Anthony from New Zealand wrote on 26 June 2022

Awesome Experience

An awesome experience in some ways but in other ways sad as you learnt about those who lost their lives in the Tarawira eruption. All in all an important part of NZ history that needs to be remembered.

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Rachel from New Zealand wrote on 11 June 2022

The Buried Village

Fascinating museum and lovingly preserved. The waterfall walk is stunning and worth the steps!

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