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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...

Free entry Buried Village 129th anniversary Tarawera eruption

June 10th 2015 will be the 129th anniversary of the eruption of Mt Tarawera and to commemorate this momentous event in our history, the Buried Village will open and offer among other things, free entry to all on both the 6th and 7th...

Substantial portion of Pink Terraces survived eruption

Have the famous Pink and White Terraces been destroyed and gone forever?   We know they were destroyed by New Zealand's most violent and devastating eruption in 1886 and subsequently covered by many meters of mud and ash and then...

After 100 years, we think it's time for change

100 years of hospitality is a tough legacy to improve on, however we are more than confident that the coming revamp of Vi’s tea house will be both well worth the wait and more importantly, a change that brings the tea house cleverly into the...

Whakarewarewa for a truly unique cultural experience

The Whakarewarewa thermal valley is the world's most accessible geothermal site, making it the ideal visitor destination for those new to New Zealand and equally for New Zealanders locally and nationally - why miss out on the beauty of your own...

What lies beneath Lake Rotomahana

What lies beneath? What lies beneath is the type of tag line that horror movie makers love – it fuels images of monsters lurking in the depths and generally leads to a heightened state of awareness – okay so what does lurk...

See spectacular Mt Tarawera and Waimangu Valley by seaplane

What better way to take in the majestic beauty of Mt Tarawera and the Waimangu volcanic valley than by air? Keen to fully appreciate the magnitude of the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera, two groups of adventure tourists took to the air for an...

Lake Rotomahana explored for famous buried terraces

Located at the centre of New Zealand's most violent and devastating eruption in 1886, shaken by volcanic earthquakes, covered by many meters of mud and ash and then flooded underneath a lake;  it is little surprise that the world believed...

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