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Te Wairoa The Buried Village

History alive today! Te Wairoa The Buried Village is New Zealand’s most visited archaeological site, where stories of the 1886 Mount 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.  Tea Rooms and Gift Shop are onsite.

General Admission (INCLUDES MUSEUM, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, TE WAIROA WATERFALL):   Adult $35, Child (5-15yrs) $10 (under 5 yrs free) Family (2 Adults + 3 children) $75  Senior/Student $32 (with ID)

Waterfall Only:  Adult $14, Child (5-15yrs) $7 (under 5 yrs free) Family (2 Adults + 3 children) $35  Senior/Student $12 (with ID)

Opening Hours:   

Summer:                    October – February 9.00am – last entry 5.00pm

Winter:                       March – September 9.00am – last entry 4.30pm

Transport:                   Self-drive / Or Contact Grumpy’s on (07) 348 2229 or visit their site

Location:                     Scenic 15-minute drive from Rotorua city and located along a main route – Tarawera Road

Phone:                         +64 7 362 8287



Te Wairoa The Buried Village – History Alive Today!