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Vi's Sitting Room

Things are changing at the Buried Village

Many of you will have enjoyed the delightful ambience and hospitality of Vi's Tea House which has been serving tea and scones to visitors from all around the world for many years. This historic and culturally rich location at the Buried Village has withstood some of the great tests of our time. 

Suriving the test of time

After surviving fire, the Great Depression and two World Wars, Vi is taking a break and hanging up her apron from her famous Devonshire Teas that have given pleasure to thousands of guests over the years. We will re-open in October with a new look and feel. With this temporary closure on 17th April, we open up as Vi's Sitting Room and offer our visitors a new and modern experience. 

Our stories told with modern technology

From this historic location, you will be able to listen to presentations from guides, watch AV shows, sit and read reference books or use the internet to experience in a new environment, an in-depth and cultural understanding of the remarkable stories of the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1931. You can enjoy our stories in comfort and learn about the history of the Buried Village in a new way with modern technology.

With a native bush as your backdrop you will be serenaded by native bird life as you relax and learn about the night that changed peoples' lives forever.


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