Buried Village of Te Wairoa Tours

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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 museum to the village and the interaction of Maori and colonial cultures. You'll see towering, carved Maori artwork in the museum and then tour the excavation points around the site.

If you're visiting New Zealand for its outdoor-centric lifestyle, the Buried Village is a good hub for great hiking. Beyond the village is the spectacular Waterfall Trail. It provides two different hiking tracks of breathtaking scenery and the famed rainbow trout that live and spawn in the Te Wairoa stream. The Tarawera area is crossed by several other trails, including one at Lake Okareka.

The Buried Village is located in a 12 acre park covered in trees and meadows. New Zealand is known for its outdoor beauty, and this attraction has it in spades; much of it is related to the rugged majesty of the volcanic mountains. Nearby are a host of activities; the volcanic landscape offers fantastic mountain-biking runs and you can also climb the crater of Mt. Tarawera. Two companies book plane tours that take off from the Buried Village.

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Address: Buried Village, Tarawera Road, RD 5, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Hours: Open daily. Summer(Nov - Mar): 9am - 5pm (until 4:30pm in Winter). Closed Christmas Day
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Admission: Adults: NZ$30, Children (5-15yrs): NZ$8
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Tour Wai-O-Tapu with a naturalist guide and discover the bubbling mud pools and hot springs of Rotorua’s most popular geothermal park. This full-day tour with a small group delivers you to the shores of several volcanic lakes and includes a bush walk to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout. Learn about Maori history, volcanology and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna along the way. Numbers are limited to a maximum 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tribal Footprints Tour

Go in-depth on a tour following the footprints of the Tuhourangi tribe in New Zealand. Departing from Rotorua in the afternoon, learn about the history of the Maori tribe's pink and white terraces, the buried village under the eruption of Mount Tarawera, and several local lakes. At the village of Whakarewarewa, watch the Pohutu geyser erupt and see how the tribe cooks food in the thermal waters. All transportation is provided, as well as informative narration from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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