The Buried Village of Te Wairoa Blog

Birth of the New Zealand Tourism Industry

The area surrounding the village of Te Wairoa was originally established as a mission and model village in the colonialisation efforts following the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.  One of the early inhabitants, a Reverend Spencer, sought to develop...

A snapshot of Rotorua's historic heritage buildings

Rotorua is undeniably one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. From geothermal wonders to spectacular landscape, it’s no wonder this city is top of the list when it comes to must-see attractions. But Rotorua offers so...

The Rotorua highlights tour you can't afford to miss

The Full Day Adventure Tour takes you to the most spectacular parts of the Lakes District. With transport included, come along for the ride and find out what Rotorua is famous for - its magnificent historic and geothermic attractions. Starting the...

Muesum of Te Wairoa holds unique collection

The award-winning culture and heritage attraction, the Museum of Te Wairoa displays the largest collection of excavated objects unearthed following the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Informative, interactive and entertaining, the museum takes...

The last person to see the famous Pink and White Terraces

Born May 5th, 1866 Edwin Armstrong Bainbridge was the heir of Eschott Hall, Felton, Northumberland. He was the second son to Cuthbert Bainbrige of Newcastle-on-Tyne, a prominent member in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Described by his uncle as...

The fascinating story of famous Guide Sophia Hinerangi

Te Paea Hinerangi, best known as ‘Guide Sophia’, was the principal tourist guide of the famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana before their destruction in 1886. Born in Kororarekea (now commonly known as Russell) in the early...

The magnificent Wairere Falls located in historical Buried Village

The scenic waterfall trail at the Buried Village allows you to be immersed in the natural beauty of the area. The pristine water of the Te Wairoa stream offers a looking glass into the lives of the local rainbow trout and the surrounding native bush...

The Smith family story unearths significance of devastating tale of eruption

Where did it all begin? An English couple, Reginald and Violet Smith sailed to New Zealand on the SS Athenic in 1912, moving their lives to the other side of the world and settling in Rotorua where their two sons, Dudley and Basil, were...

Was The Phantom Canoe a warning sign of impending doom?

The village Tohunga - sacred and spiritual Priest Tuhoto Ariki, the tribal priest of Te Wairoa, came from a long line of high priests. From an early age, Tuhoto was fascinated by the mysteries of priesthood. He became known as a great...

Was the Lake Tarawera Phantom Canoe a supernatural sign?

The story of the Phantom Canoe is one backed by many eyewitness accounts. For this reason it seems almost impossible to dismiss as light trickery or the musings of a couple of good story tellers. What the story delivers for us, all these years...

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