See and Do
Museum of Te Wairoa
The museum is home to the increasingly valuable collection of Victoriana and other specific relics of the Tarawera eruption.
Through years of continued excavation our displays show a range of recognisable items recovered from the post eruption ruins of Te Wairoa. Contained in the special museum wing at the entrance to the Buried Village they set the tone and give each visitor to the site a unique view of the devastation and how that fateful night in 1886 changed lives and the landscape forever.
More relics are displayed in cases on the sites where they were recovered and displays in the museum are designed around themes that record significant parts of the devastating eruption in 1886.
When you combine the informational aspect of the museum visit with the up-close and personal archaeological walk, the relics of Te Wairoa combine to leave a lasting effect on the viewer.
Award winning culture and heritage attraction
The Buried Village received the Tourism Innovator Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in 2001/2002. This award was received as a culture and heritage attraction in recognition of the world-class methods and ideas used to interpret heritage within the Museum of Te Wairoa, and throughout the excavated archaeological site.