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Museum of Te Wairoa


The Museum of Te Wairoa was established in 1999 and houses a large collection of objects excavated over the past 80 years. The displays are dynamic and interactive including the audiovisual presentation. The history of the settlement, the fusion of two cultures and tourism is portrayed through hundreds of images and easy to read text. Also included in the museum are displays of archaeology and volcanology and a children’s discovery room. The museum takes approximately 30 minutes to tour.

Award winning culutre 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.

Geological Treasures
Geological Treasures

Learn the Geological Treasures- the Pink and White Terraces; destroyed in the eruption. Parts of the terraces have been rediscovered in Lake Rotomahana. Tourists from all over the world came to view the beautiful Pink and White...

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Te Wairoa - The Model Village
Te Wairoa - The Model Village

Historic references refer to Te Wairoa as a model Maori village. It's layout, dictated by Spencer, was based on the English village plan recommended by the Reverend Samuel Marsden. The whares or houses were laid out in streets, each having their...

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Edwin Bainbridge
Edwin Bainbridge

Edwin Armstrong Bainbridge was the heir of Eschott Hall, Felton, Northumberland. He was born on May 5th 1866, the second son of Cuthbert Bainbridge of Newcastle-on-Tyne, who was one of the most prominent members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Bainbridge...

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Relics
Relics

The museum is house to the increasingly valuable collections of Victoriana and other relics of the Tarawera eruption. Displays of materials recovered over a century from the ruins of Te Wairoa are contained in the special museum wing at the entrance to the...

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