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Buried Village of Te Wairoa
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Buried Village of Te Wairoa Tour
Ranked #18 of 109 things to do in Rotorua
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life! Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters burying the peaceful village of Te Wairoa and ending more than 150 lives. Today at the Buried Village encounter the world class Museum of Te Wairoa, explore the Archaeological Site which once housed the people of Te Wairoa, experience the unique insights of stories from our tour guides, and take the Waterfall Trail which showcases the stunning Wairere Falls.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Ballarat, Australia
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158 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 7 December 2013

From the well presented educational centre through to the excavations of the buried village the entry fee is well worth it. The story of the events that occurred in this area back in 1886 are incredible and compelling. Add to this an exceptional natural environment with breathtaking waterfalls and a lovely café at the end of the walk this is a must see for visitors to the area.

Visited December 2013
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Rip Off”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

We were surprised at the entry fee, but having paid the same amount to visit the wonderful Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, we still went ahead. The museum was quite interesting, especially the information about the eruption and the white and pink terraces. However, as soon as we got outside it became apparent that there is really not much left of the village to look at, and what is there is a small collection of huts or foundations and some ash coated jars and jugs. Not worth the entry fee in our opinion. The watefall is a worthwhile detour but I think the whole thing is seriously overpriced.

Visited November 2013
Thank Becky W
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

For just over $30, you don't really get your moneys worth, yeah the museums alright i guess, but as for that, its pretty much a guided walk of what you get to see at any museum that displays maori history and artifacts. The tour guide seemed to know his stuff and had good knowledge but tbh, i enjoy the drive up seeing the lake then anything at this place.

Visited December 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“So interesting and nicely done, great waterfall.”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

We loved our visit to the buried village! Brian our guide was great, some of the stories he told were so informative - I'd recommend finding out when the tours leave because there's a lot that the little information points don't tell you. It's devastating to think what these people went through, and I think a lot of the negative reviewers of this location fail to grasp how huge the event was - it's not an action packed attraction, it's a time capsule from a hundred years ago. I probably wouldn't take kids unless they had an interest in history, I loved the descriptions of the "8th natural wonder" the pink terraces and the waterfall is a must - very steep stairs!

Visited November 2013
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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Not worth the entrance fee!”
Reviewed 29 November 2013

The grounds are pleasant to walk around but the entrance fee is steep for what's on offer here. A few building partially burried with a few artefacts in cases not really worth $32 fee.

Visited March 2013
Thank Glenn R
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