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“A pleasant surprise”

Buried Village of Te Wairoa
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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: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Very interesting place, well maintained and informative. A credit to this family owned historical attraction to have achieved what they have with basically no Government funding. The staff were lovely and knowledgable. Well worth a look, just for the story alone.

Visited April 2014
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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Wow thanks for the five star review. Yes this historical attraction owned by the Smith family is a great story and glad they have kept the village at a great standard and continue to do so. Agreed the front staff here at Buried Village are knowledgeable and approachable; it is pleasing to have such a great team here. Please come visit again!
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“I never get tired of this village”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I have visited the Buried village several times in my life but it keeps getting better and better. They have a lovely restaurant café and you can eat outside and feed the sparrow families that live in the bushes (and try the date scones!). I love how the owners go to lots of effort - they dress up in costume and the entry area is old world. The guides seem knowledgeable and have a connection with the area. The fauna and flora is very New Zealand bush with an amazing waterfall. Take your camera. Need a small bit of fitness as the long way (with the waterfall track has a small hill to climb back up) but worth if for the view. Those of you who just want to see the photos, there is a short path back to a nice hot cuppa. Just love it.

Visited April 2014
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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Thank you for the five star review. Yes the Buried Village has changed over time creating a better experience for all visitors. Agreed Vi's Teahouse is a great way to start or end a tour; we have lots of goodies including our famous scones and Devonshire Tea. Our groundsman works hard at conserving the native New Zealand bush. And yes the walk down to the Wairere Falls and back up is a bit of an effort but definitely worth it!
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Whanganui, New Zealand
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“Awesome attraction”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Lovely way to spend a sunny day visiting here. Appreciated fully having the i-pod to walk around and watch and listen to each marker at our leisure, opposed to having to keep up with a guide. Staff very friendly and a credit to the facility. Quite moving to look around the museum and see what was recovered from the earthquake! Just loved the experience, thank you.

Visited May 2014
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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
Thank you for the five star review. We are glad you enjoyed the Buried Village Experience. Yes the ipod tour gives a good insight into the unique stories of Te Wairoa and are great for self-guiding. Agreed the Museum of Te Wairoa has several excavated objects over 100 years old which is touching. Please come back and visit.
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“Much improved”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Its been a long time since I'd been here so was pleasantly surprised to see the museum addition that had been made which gives much more information and details of the eruption.

Visited February 2014
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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review, 11 May 2014
Thanks for the five star review. Yes isn't the Museum of Te Wairoa a great addition to what we have here at the Buried Village. The museum provides exhibits of the early settlers, Maori culture, the Pink and White Terraces, and the aftermath of the eruption as well as excavated objects over 80 years old. It is a great way to start the experience of the Buried Village before heading out to the archaeological site, as its gives you an overview and appreciation of the past. Please do visit again.
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Perth, Australia
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“Worth a look”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

The buried village has a great story to tell, and lots of interesting things to see in the museum, the most incredible being the row of poplars that grew from fence posts after the eruption. Interesting, but there is so much more to see in Rotorua.

Visited April 2014
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Pam M, Public Relations Manager at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, responded to this review, 11 May 2014
Thanks for your pleasant response. Yes the Buried Village has a great story to tell, and shares the rich history of Rotorua which links in well with the geothermal attractions. Buried Village plays an important role to Rotorua; as it shares with you, the village that once hosted visitors to the famous Pink and White Terraces. It was the first act of tourism in Rotorua and we are glad we can continue this. Agreed the poplar trees are fascinating!
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