Visitors Stories

Visitor Story

Visitor Story

Phyllis Pearson kindly shared with us:   My husband's grandfather was a survivor of both the SS Wairarapa and the erruption of Tarawera. His name was Will Pearson, he came from Co. Limerick, Ireland to NZ, I guess because of the potato famine in Ireland or just wanting a better life. We do know that his line, here in NZ is the only surviving line of a large farming family in Limerick. William was staying at the Buried Village, and was sharing a room with another man. He heard the rumbling which had woken him and tried to waken the other occupant of the room, but with no success. We do not know to this day whether he survived or not! William got his horse and the family story says - 'gave it it's head' the horse took off and william escaped the terror of the erruption.
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Susan kindly sent as a brochure she had kept from her childhood visit to the Buried Village it is thought the brochure was printed in 1966, making it 46 years old.
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Francis, Shirley, Jasmine, Candace & Sam Davy visited us February 2012 and told us " As soon as we pulled into the car park the kids were enchanted as they saw the ladies in the beautiful dresses! We really enjoyed walking around the settlement remains and it was easy to do so with our son in a push chair.  We found the information leaflets helpful and the walk to the waterfall was worth it - stunning."  
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Glenys Nyenhuis and her family from Auckland visited the Buried Village Oct 2011 and told us "it was absolutley fantastic, great guide, an awesome experience for the family. Great coffee, fantastic all round"
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

"We visited the Buried Village during our stay in Rotorua and we were very much impressed by the story and kindness of Lyn, our guide, and the rest of the staff. Unforgeteable experience for our honeymooon." Serra family. Spain
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

The Tokoroa Youth Ministry visited us with the Mangakino Holiday Programme in April 2011. They said "What a privilege it was to share such an integral part of history. The Buried Village felt, smelt and looked like a slice of heaven".
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Tim Lang and Tina McCartht visited us in April 2011, 16 years after their first visit in 1995. They even brought the brochure they recieved from the Buried Village 16 years ago.
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Paul Haynes visited in March 2011 and emailed the Buried Village and told us " Hone tells a great story! so glad we caught his tour"
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Ceri Davies from Tasmania and the Traveling Bugga visited the Buried Village in February 2011 They said they "were really impressed with the tour and their guide and that it is a beautiful setting".
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Zusanne from Holland visited us January 2011 and said "Loved the visit even though it was raining. The waterfall walk was beautiful".    
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Aaron (AKA Captain Jack Harris) from USA and Stephanie from Auckland visited us January 2011 and said "The Buried Village is a fascinating place with lots of energy". They also enjoyed our ginger gems and coffee during their visit.
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Three Generations of the Sage/Chick family visited us in December 2010 from Wales. They told us they were " absolutely fascinated by the devastation and redevelopment of the landscape".  
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

The Coffey family visited us in December 2010, from Sydney, Australia. The two girls Georgia and Alexa told us: "They found the Buried Village to be very interesting and they liked the excavated sites and the waterfall".  
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Mary and Fred said; A fascinating account and demonstration of the two cultures at the end of the 19th century. Beautifully designed and described we learned so much. Margaret's Letters provided important commentary. Thanks.
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Cope family from Charfield England said; Really interesting tour Lyn, well presented stories and interactive information. We had a great time!
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Brett, Sandra, Rowan and Nathan Kennedy from Brisbane said; A fascinating look into the history of the area in a beautiful setting.
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Greg Piper from Christchurch visited in December and told us: "Very interesting and enjoyable, very professional the way it’s done. The cafe is really nice and all the Staff are welcoming and friendly."
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

Pastor Paul Long, from Auckland, visited in December and told us: "Excellent value for money. Friendly and helpful staff. It was also a relaxing and restful walk, with no rush to complete the visit. The waterfall and stream was incredible."
Visitors Story

Visitors Story

The Bridge Family from Warnervale NSW visited in December and told us: "The Buried Village is an amazing place full of interesting facts and some beautiful scenery. The waterfall is definitely worth the walk."
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