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