About Us

Kia ora, welcome to the Buried Village.

The development of one of New Zealand’s most visited historic sites can be traced back to depression days, and the 1931 arrival at TeWairoa of Reg and Vi Smith.

Transporting their young sons in a borrowed car, they arrived at the derelict cottage that stood on overgrown land, and began a long and inspiring story of hard-work and vision.

Nearly 80 years later a third generation continue the tradition, acting as guardians of the Buried Village, and developers of an award winning heritage attraction that is visited yearly by thousands of people from all over the world.

The family were true pioneers in the story of tourism in NZ, a story of remarkable family commitment over eight decades.

Current General Manager, Pam McGrath (nee Smith) and her husband, Pat McGrath along with the on-site crew very much enjoy sharing the Buried Village experience with you. They are committed to providing you with a truly memorable experience.

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