Rotorua has a rich history that is celebrated throughout the city. On your trip to Rotorua be sure to visit the following attractions so that you can gain an insight into the history of this beautiful and fabled city.
Buried Village of Te Wairoa
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is New Zealand’s most visited archaeological site. The village was originally established as a model village by the Christian missionary in 1848. However, the Mt Tarawera eruption of 1886 obliterated the village and the nearby Pink and White Terraces. Since 1931, three generations of the local Smith family have been dedicated to preserving and displaying the village and the disastrous effects of the eruption. History aficionados will be in their element at The Buried Village, not just due to the village but also while visiting the Museum of Te Wairoa and its collection of Victoriana and other relics of the eruption.
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village is your chance to gain an insight into life in an authentic Maori village. On your visit to Whakarewarewa your guide will share insights with you into how Maori have for generations harnessed the power and energy of geothermal activity to undertake everyday tasks like cooking, bathing and heating their homes. You will also delve into Tikanga Maori (the Maori way to do things) including the procedure for a major event like a funeral. The twice daily Maori Cultural Performances at Whakarewarewa relay generations-old stories and legends through song and dance and because the best way to learn is through doing, there is a small component of audience participation.
The Rotorua Museum
The Rotorua Museum provides an extensive overview of Rotorua’s history though a mixture of both temporary and fixed exhibits. Located within the tranquil and beautiful government gardens, the museum itself is housed within a historically significant and heritage protected, Tudor style bathhouse. The Museum celebrates Rotorua’s long-established history as one of the world’s premier spa towns and makes a significant contribution towards remembering the devastating Mt Tarawera eruption of 1886.
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