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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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Rotorua: The Buried Village of Te Wairoa

1. Rotorua: The Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Located just a 15-minute drive from Rotorua, the Buried Village of Te Wairoa features an interactive museum, scenic walking trails, and a look at the devastating effects of one of New Zealand’s greatest natural disasters: the Mt. Tarawera volcanic eruption of 1886, which wiped out a natural landmark known as the Pink and White Terraces. The award-winning museum sheds light on the hardships suffered by this once-bustling European and Maori village settlement.  Expect to spend at least 1 and a half hours at the site to get the most out of the experience, which includes audio guides, living history tours, and talks by costumed guides scheduled throughout the day. Gain firsthand insight into the chaos of the night that Mt. Tarawera erupted and destroyed Te Wairoa, a village of Maoris and missionaries excavated under the Kaitiakitanga of the Smith family for nearly 90 years. Refresh at Smith & Co, the onsite cafe offering delicious scones with whipped cream and jam, Kiwi's favorite selection of pastry pies, and Devonshire tea. Take the opportunity to dress up in Victorian style clothing. On the waterfall trail, learn about the native flora and fauna and experience the beauty of a land recovering from violent destruction. Experience the Te Wairoa Falls in a special way as you stand in the mist of the waterfall. At the end of the day, check out the wide range of goods at the gift shop and bring home a special memento.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The experience was very good! The lady at the reception (Margaret, it is important not to forget the name) very kindly explained to us everything we needed to do the route. It is very worth visiting the waterfall if the weather is good and if people's physical conditions allow it. At the end of the visit, I recommend moving forward a little (500m) to have a spectacular view of the volcano and the lake.

A truly unique experience, very enriching, the houses are magnificent and the geysers superb. The guide brings a lot of knowledge to this tour. The value for money is definitely worth it. I highly recommend

very informative using a map and well sign posted, the high light was visiting the waterfall, steps were steep but worth the view

explained events on that night. showed examples of properties which would have been there

spectacular waterfall, we saw it after heavy rain - perfect time