See and Do

Ways to take the tour


For a truly unique insight into the stories of Te Wairoa, take one of our guided tours which is included in admission. Learn the history of Tarawera and Te Wairoa, and hear the stories from our knowledgeable guides that cannot be forgotten. Tours take approximately 40 minutes, with three tours leaving daily (make sure to phone for tour times). Exclusive guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more at extra cost.

Tip: Arrive 30 minutes before the tour time to view the Museum of Te Wairoa.


If you prefer to self-guide, then use one of our electronic tour devices or download the STQRY application on your own smartphone, all for free! STQRY allows us to share our stories with you digitally; through text, images, and videos. Follow the three simple steps below to view the Buried Village's stories.

  1. Got a smartphone? Download the STQRY app free for iPhone and Android.
  2. Open the STQRY app, search for the Buried Village, and begin browsing our stories immediately.
  3. Visit us, scan the QR codes in the archaeological site, and take the video tour with Guide Thomas.


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