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Vi's Tea House
Much more than your standard tearoom - Vi's Tea House at the Buried Village has survived fire, the Great Depression and two World Wars.
With more than 100 years history, the tea and scones here seem to taste that much better, perhaps due in part to the buildings immense history, withstanding some of the great tests of our time.
The façade of the tearooms may have changed from its original state in 1910; however the heart and essence of this very special place has not and remains unaltered to this day.
Vi and Reg Smith, who arrived at Te Wairoa in 1931, 45 years after the eruption of Mount Tarawera, were intent on surviving the depression and greater than that, dreamed of building a business and way of life that would sustain their family for generations to come. With help from their sons they began to clear the land for farming.
Living in a historically rich place, visitors inevitably began to arrive. Violet made delicious Devonshire teas and scones. Sons Basil and Dudley picked blackberries for jam, and milk from the resident cow Darkie was turned into butter and cream.
The hospitality our quests enjoy today was born out of these simple, humble and honest beginnings.
And today the Devonshire Teas are just as renowned. However, they now compete with an excellent array of coffee, delicious cakes, slices and sandwiches.
Enjoy a coffee recharge with feet up and a tranquil native bush as your backdrop.
Outdoor dining gives our guests the ability to be serenaded by native bird life, latte in hand while the children burn off excess energy in the nearby playground.