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Gift Store

Rotorua has a long and proud history in tourism. The Pink and White Terraces opened the area up to travellers from all over the world, who came to marvel at what was then described as the 8th wonder of the world.

Established in 1931, the originally named “Smith’s Souvenir Store” retains its original purpose and continues on today as the Buried Village gift store. With one of Rotorua’s most comprehensive collections of authentic carved objects in bone, greenstone and native timber, it is a popular destination for domestic and overseas visitors alike. Historic and traditional bone, wood and stone are skilfully crafted into precious items for both personal adornment and display.

Along with the selection of carved jewellery, there’s an impressive collection of books, including a range of unique publications based on the Buried Village, Mount Tarawera and the Pink and White terraces.

The Information Centre and reception are both located within the retail store, and our staff have a thorough knowledge of ‘all there is to see and do’, both in the local area and the wider Rotorua district.

The below publications are available on request and can be posted worldwide.

For further enquiries please email

Publications available on request.

The NZ Chronicle newspaper $3.50 plus postage within NZ.
Tarawera and the Terraces by Philip Andrews (SOLD OUT) $16.00 Plus postage within NZ
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa $18.50 Plus postage within NZ
Margarets Memories $10.00 Plus postage within NZ
The Incoming Tide, Early Tarawera, and Mission to Tarawera $12.00 for set of three Plus postage within NZ
Tarawera by Ron Keam $260.00 Plus postage within NZ, or directly from Ron at


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Smith & Co Cafe

Gift Store

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