The Buried Village of Te Wairoa

The 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters. Rocks, ash, and mud bombarded the peaceful village of Te Wairoa, leaving a tomb of ash and mud. Now you can see what lies beneath at this carefully excavated site.


Visit and learn how Māori and early settlers lived and worked together, guiding visitors to see the world famous Pink and White Terraces. Enjoy a leisurely walk through our 12-acre grounds and explore the sites that have been excavated from the village. Hear the stories of Tarawera in our award-winning museum. Visit the mesmerizing natural Te Wairoa (Wairere Falls), plunging to the valley along our Waterfall Trails. Discover the unique geology of the Rotorua region and how the eruption changed and shaped the area forever. Meet the unique personalities that shaped the early tourism industry in New Zealand.

Wheel chair accessible. Guiding options, Gift Shop, Children's Playground, and On-site Cafe available. 15 minutes scenic drive

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Physical address

The Buried Village of Te Wairoa, Buried Village of Te Wairoa, Rotorua Central, 1180 Tarawera Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand, RD5, Rotorua Central, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $34.00
Other charges:
13 to 18 years $10.00 over 65 years $30

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
15 minutes
Proximity to coach terminal:
15 minutes
Proximity to town:
15 minute scenic drive from central Rotorua.

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Opening times

Business hours:
Open 9:00am Daily - Except Christmas Day
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES NO
Dutch YES NO
French YES NO
German YES NO
Japanese YES NO

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