Plan Your Visit


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Our Frequently Asked Questions section will no doubt provide you with what you are looking for.

However, if you find your question is not answered here, or you would like more information, or perhaps you have a specific request, please do get in touch, we are more than happy to help.

The Tarawera volcano is approximately 12 km to the East, across Lake Tarawera.

The pink and white Terraces were destroyed during the 1886 eruption. However on February 2nd 2011 it was announced that scientists had discovered part of the pink terraces under 60m of water in Lake Rotomahana.

Allow  1-1.5 hours for the whole Buried Village experience (including the Museum of Te Wairoa, Archaeological Site, and the Waterfall Trail)

The pathway is around 1.5km.

No, the nearest geothermal activity is on the Southern shores of Lake Tarawera at Hot Water Beach (About 9kms from the Buried Village). Hot Water Beach is only accessible by boat, or by foot.

Exclusive guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more at an extra cost and need to be booked.  Read more about ways to tour the Buried Village here.

Yes! We encourage you to take as many photographs and videos as you like. Feel free to post them to our Facebook Page .

The Smith Family have owned and operated the Buried Village since 1931. Read more about the Smith story here.

No bodies remain buried in the Te Wairoa valley.

The village of Te Wairoa had a population of round 125 before the eruption.

Excavations have been carried out each decade since the 1930s. Plans are underway for the next "dig".

Walking shoes and protection from adverse weather. The paths are sealed but the waterfall trail has several flights of stairs.

Getting Here

First Time Visitors

Smith & Co Cafe

Gift Store

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