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The Buried Village

Price from £16 per person

Enjoy a visit to the Buried Village of Te Wairoa, which was buried under two metres of volcanic mud and ash in the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, the most recent of numerous volcanic events in the Rotorua region over the last 20,000 years. The eruption destroyed the Terraces and buried Te Wairoa and two smaller villages under hot, heavy ash and mud. More than 150 lives were lost.

Volcanic devastation is revealed in site excavations and displays, which are connected by a meandering pathway, set among trees and meadows beside the Te Wairoa Stream. A number of small dwellings remain undisturbed beneath the heavy mud and ash. The Te Wairoa museum at the Buried Village houses a large collection of objects excavated of the past 80 years.


Months: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Days: Daily

Starts: 09:00
Ends: 16:30 (last entry)

Nov, Dec, Jan , Feb, Mar
Days: Daily

Starts: 09:00
Ends: 17:00 (last entry)

Does not operate on Christmas Day (25 December)