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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

The Buried Village of Te Wairoa offers a unique glimpse into 19th century New Zealand life, as it was buried and preserved by volcanic ash in an 1866 eruption. One of New Zealand's most popular attractions, this archeological treasure houses a ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

I was lucky enough to have an individual tour - as I was the only one booked in! The Tour Guide was amazing. He took me to see the small indiginous villages, telling me local stories all the while. We saw the rest of Rotorua township then visited Te Paui, where my guide showed me everything there was to see there, providing a wonderful commentry. At the conclusion, I was dropped back at my hotel.

Doing what: Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour



5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

I enjoyed the village and we were given plenty of time to look around. We also enjoyed the friendly and knowledgeable driver.

Doing what: Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2010

A visit to the Buried Village of Te Wairoa is like a step back into time. It is a very peaceful setting, wandering around the village which was buried when the Mt Tarawera volcano exploded back in the late 1800's. The museum gives a glimpse of what the village was like, back before the explosion, when it was a thriving community, catering to the tourists in the 1800's which visited the region to see the famous Pink and White Terraces, and to take the 'healing waters'. If you are passing through Rotorua, I reckon it is worth a visit.

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2011

The morning is great - as you get to visit the mud and thermal pools as well as see the geyser. The afternoon is somewhat average - you visit the green and blue lakes (not as impressive as you might think), and the buried village (which is again nothing special). I would recommend the half day tour, and do something a bit more useful with your afternoon!

Doing what: Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Derek W
United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2010

If you've seen one thermal park that is enough and the geyser was good. Afternoon in buried village too long and only one 15-minute break the whole day for lunch - too short.

Doing what: Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

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