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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 October 20 to October 26

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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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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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kirstyw5 from New Zealand wrote on 16 October 2021

Enjoyed exploring historical site at our own pace

Gentle walk though we’ll set up historical site. Lots of interesting information for children/adults of all ages. Due to Covid could not do guided tour but the lady at the desk gave us some valuable historical context which was very interesting. Waterfall is beautiful. Stairs are VERY steep in some places , but well worth thee walk down and up if you are able. Great hour or so spent wandering and kids completed the treasure hunt 💚

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Stephen simmons from New Zealand wrote on 15 October 2021

Good say out

Nice and interesting to see, museum holds a lot of interesting items and information about what happened

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Rowena from New Zealand wrote on 11 October 2021

Great Museum

The Museum here has some great displays and information about people’s experiences. The outdoor part is a nice walk, the kids loved the treasure hunt or they would’ve been quite bored though. The Waterfall takes only a few minutes detour and is Definately worth it !

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