The Buried Village of Te Wairoa Blog

June 10th Open Day at the Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Commemorate the 131st Anniversary of the eruption of Mt Tarawera at the Buried Village Winter is here at the Buried Village of Te Wairoa.  The crisp air and falling leaves make this the perfect time of year to appreciate the eerie quiet...

Five Beautiful Rotorua Lakes That You Should Visit

This month, our friends at Lakepedia have written the following guest blog celebrating our beautiful Rotorua lakes. Boasting stunning scenery, New Zealand is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful countries, and the area around Rotorua...

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...

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