Buried Village Rotorua

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The Buried Village is New Zealand's most visited Archaeological Site, where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life.

Te Wairoa was established by the Christian missionary in 1848 as a model village, however Te Wairoa survived for fewer than 40 years before it, and the nearby Pink and White Terraces were obliterated by the eruption of Mt Tarawera.

On June 10 1886, spewing rock, ash and mud killed more than 150 people, engulfed several settlements and destroyed the marble-like terraces at Lake Rotomahana, which were internationally regarded as "the eighth wonder of the world".

Through sensitive redevelopment by three generations of the Smith family, including excavation of buried buildings and homes, allows visitors to discover a grimly fascinating piece of New Zealand history.

Today; Buried Village offers its award-winning Museum of Te Wairoa, recreated pioneer cottage, Maori whare's and excavated sites; a scenic waterfall trail (including a walk along side Te Wairoa stream which leads you to the stunning Wairere Falls), and Vi's Teahouse onsite.  This really is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Rotorua.

This excavated village offers a first-hand insight into the chaos and mayhem that transpired the night Mount Tarawera erupted. It is an authentic appreciation of the people of Te Wairoa, both Maori and European, on how they lived… and died.

Rotorua offers numerous adrenaline-charged rides, cultural experiences and geothermal parks but the Buried Village of Te Wairoa is truly unique to Rotorua.

 

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