Buried Village

76%

61 Rankers Reviews

56 Face-to-Face

10 Tarawera

  • Phone Enquiry

    • Call and discuss your needs.

    • Instant personal connection.

    • Credit card booking.

Online Maps

FREE Header

Camping NZ NEW

Welcome to New Zealand's most comprehensive database of freely available camping information. This is the only travel map of its kind in NZ.

Photos

Excavated Whare.
Objects excavated from the ruins.
Wairere waterfall.
Te Wairoa Stream
Te Wairoa Museum
Excavated Site

Information

Discover Te Wairoa the village buried by the 1886 Eruption of Mount Tarawera. Rotorua's premier Heritage Attraction

A place of exceptional beauty has been created around the fascinating remains of a settlement buried by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Today at the Buried Village a world-class museum houses many precious objects dug from the ruins, guides in period costume escort groups though the excavated sites and the walk to the base of one of NZ’s most stunning waterfalls that shouldn't be missed. Buried Village is located fifteen minutes from Rotorua on the districts most scenic drive.

Details

Feature Value Info

Location

North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera

Categories

  • Heritage Attractions

Reviews

Showing 8 reviews of 46.

Anders Knutsson's avatar

Anders Knutsson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Very interesting visit. The staff is fantastic and give you a personal guidance in the museum, both inside and outside. Wort a visit.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Frank Bien's avatar

Frank Bien

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

History of the Pink and White Terraces. Combine with Whakarewarewa visit - a perfect combo. Child friendly with a lot of things to explore!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

Each camping location is approved by a regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Alison Egan-Jones's avatar

Alison Egan-Jones

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Do not expect Pompeii but it was a real event which decimated the village. The set up and information gives a real understanding as to what took place and the devestation to the residents of the town. Combine with a view of the mountain a litter further south along the road. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the food at the delightful tea rooms was delicious. A marvellous range of different souvenirs and a wonderful few hours spent there. Exhibit is outside so take suitable clothing/coats.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Frank's avatar

Frank

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Cost $30 per person and you see a few reconstructed 19th century houses. You do not see the white terraces which have been destroyed forever.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Bert Pubeg's avatar

Bert Pubeg

Austria

Ranking: 6/10

interesting, but too expensive. half price would be ok. look for some discount vouchers :-)
good coffee, nice waterfall.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in November 2013

Buried Village responds:

Hi thanks for the review. On our Facebook page adults can receive up to 20% off! The story of the Mt Tarawera Eruption is interesting .. and we are glad we can share the fateful day with you that took place in Te Wairoa

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Lydia Holleman's avatar

Lydia Holleman

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Inside the museum was good, waterfall was great, the rest below expectation.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in December 2012

Roshnie's avatar

Roshnie

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great service, really special, history, unique souvenirs.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

Schael's avatar

Schael

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

It is interesting but too expensive for just a landscape with the imagination of a volcano city!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012