Buried Village


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56 Face-to-Face

11 Tarawera

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Excavated Whare.
Objects excavated from the ruins.
Wairere waterfall.
Te Wairoa Stream
Te Wairoa Museum
Excavated Site


Discover Te Wairoa the village buried by the 1886 Eruption of Mount Tarawera. Rotorua's premier Heritage Attraction

A place of exceptional beauty has been created around the fascinating remains of a settlement buried by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Today at the Buried Village a world-class museum houses many precious objects dug from the ruins, guides in period costume escort groups though the excavated sites and the walk to the base of one of NZ’s most stunning waterfalls that shouldn't be missed. Buried Village is located fifteen minutes from Rotorua on the districts most scenic drive.


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Buried Village

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North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


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Showing 8 reviews of 46.

Anders Knutsson's avatar

Anders Knutsson


Ranking: 10/10

Very interesting visit. The staff is fantastic and give you a personal guidance in the museum, both inside and outside. Wort a visit.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Frank Bien


Ranking: 9/10

History of the Pink and White Terraces. Combine with Whakarewarewa visit - a perfect combo. Child friendly with a lot of things to explore!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Alison Egan-Jones


Ranking: 9/10

Do not expect Pompeii but it was a real event which decimated the village. The set up and information gives a real understanding as to what took place and the devestation to the residents of the town. Combine with a view of the mountain a litter further south along the road. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the food at the delightful tea rooms was delicious. A marvellous range of different souvenirs and a wonderful few hours spent there. Exhibit is outside so take suitable clothing/coats.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Frank's avatar



Ranking: 3/10

Cost $30 per person and you see a few reconstructed 19th century houses. You do not see the white terraces which have been destroyed forever.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Bert Pubeg


Ranking: 6/10

interesting, but too expensive. half price would be ok. look for some discount vouchers :-)
good coffee, nice waterfall.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2013

Buried Village responds:

Hi thanks for the review. On our Facebook page adults can receive up to 20% off! The story of the Mt Tarawera Eruption is interesting .. and we are glad we can share the fateful day with you that took place in Te Wairoa

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Lydia Holleman


Ranking: 6/10

Inside the museum was good, waterfall was great, the rest below expectation.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2012

Roshnie's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Great service, really special, history, unique souvenirs.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Schael's avatar



Ranking: 3/10

It is interesting but too expensive for just a landscape with the imagination of a volcano city!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012