News - June 2010

16 Jun, 2010
The big event

June 10,1886, the night Mt Tarwera came alive! 124 years on and it was great to see such an excellent turnout for the commemorative service. All our guests were treated to a delicious Devonshire Tea after the service, which was welcomed on the cold day, so thank you for an awesome turnout and memorable day.

On 11 & 12 June we had our open weekend, free entry for everyone, and even though the weather was against us we had lots of keen family and friend groups come out to take advantage of the offer. The Cafe was pumping, the coffee was flowing and the food was disappearing as fast as we could make it, absolutely chuffed!

Later on Saturday evening the Cafe hosted local guest speakers Phil Andrews and Ann Somerville who gave presentatons to our captive audience, followed by Wellington singing duo Rosie Tin Tea Caddy. Devonshire Teas again for supper!

All in all an extremely successful weekend had by all and we look forward to seeing you soon in the Cafe at the Buried Village.

16 Jun, 2010
What a response!

Wow, you could say that the commemorative Open Weekend went with a blast. A bit like it did 124 years ago. Over 600 visitors took advantage of the best deal in town.

Local groups, overseas visitors and people from around the district made up the mix of those who had heard the news. Thanks to those who came and supported us and took part in our activities.

10 Jun, 2010
Gorgeous Gifts

If you're out our way for the Open Weekend, come and browse through our store. You may just find that gorgeous gift you've been looking for or maybe a treat for your self.

A large percentage of our stock is NZ made and we are proud to have the Friend Wholesale range of cosmetics in store. A locally owned and operated business producing skincare products using Rotorua Mud, and Manuka Honey .........and you will be served with a smile :-)

10 Jun, 2010

It's 124 years since the catastrophic eruption of Mt Tarawera. To commemorate this event everyone who visits the Buried Village on June 12 & 13 will be able to visit for FREE.

There'll be guided tours throughout the day, story reading and other childrens' activities and our Staff will be dressed up in period costume.

SPEAKERS EVENING, June 12, 7pm start in our Cafe. Bookings are essential.

Phil Andrews, local historian and author, and Ann Somerville, public programmes officer at the Rotorua Museum will be speaking. The folk duo Rosie Tin Tea Caddy will be singing songs inspired by their time spent at Tarawera.

Should be a special and informative night.


10 Jun, 2010
Devonshire Tea

What a weekend! Apart from the bitterly cold wind and freezing rain we had a very sucessful Queens Birthday weekend, serving delicious home made soup and smooth as coffee to all our hardy customers who braved the weather.

So looking forward we have a busy week ahead of us. Thursday, the actual anniversary of the eruption we are holding a commemorative service to rememeber all those who lost their lives 124 years ago. We will be treating all our special guests to our World Famous Devonshire Teas.

Come the weekend we will be doubling up on all the baking. Extra scones, caramel chew, Chocolate Brownie, Carrot Cake and much more as we anticipate lots of extra visitors coming to visit us for our Open Weekend.

So if you're from Rotorua, haven't been out and experienced the Buried Village or treated yourself in our Cafe, then you have no excuse not to come visit us this weekend.

Dave can't wait to see you.

03 Jun, 2010
Queens Birthday in the Cafe

Wow!! It's June already and that means Queens Birthday weekend is here. If you're looking for somewhere different eat over the long weekend, then come out and sit and enjoy the atmosphere, food and coffee in our Cafe. We have an awesome selection of cakes and slices, delicious home-made soup, excellent espresso coffee as well as our World Famous Devonshire Teas!  There's a playground for the Children to enjoy while you relax as well. And if you didn't know or had forgotten..... NO SURCHARGE! That's right, we won't be adding 15% or 20% to your bill, so we look forward to seeing you sometime soon.


Dave, Cafe Manager.




03 Jun, 2010
Buy NZ made

You don't have to have visited the Buried Village to be able to shop in our gift store. Check out our new aluminium sculpture postcards. Comes flat, ready to fold and is made from 100% recycled materials(recycled coke cans, recycled paper and biodegradable inks) Your choice of sheep, kiwi, fantail, pukeko or tuatara. We've got some cool NZ childrens books about the native birds in stock as well.

Happy shopping

Margaret Shearer, Retail Manager.

03 Jun, 2010
Not to be missed on the fine long weekend

Long range forecast for the weekend is mainly fine with light winds. Perfect for a visit to the Buried Village. We have guided tours (we even get the guides to dress in Period costume) around the excavated sites at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm. If you are visiting with a young family we have activity packs to keep the children occupied. Our staff are also happy to help with information or details on walks available for you and your family in the beautiful surrounding region.

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