Visit the Buried Village of Te Wairoa

The Buried Village is New Zealand’s most visited Archaeological Site, where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life. Te Wairoa was established by the Christian missionary in 1848 as a model village, but survived for fewer than 40 years before it, and the nearby Pink and White Terraces were obliterated by the eruption of Mt Tarawera. To be NZ’s #1 visited working archaeological centre-of-excellence for future generations, showcasing stories and displays of the Pink and White Terraces, the 1886 Eruption of Mt Tarawera, and the resulting devastation of Te Wairoa.

How should you tour the site?

That’s entirely up to you! You’re options are a guided tour, a self-guided tour, or you could use the app!

Whether you are there to take in the relics and interactive stories of The Buried Village Museum, walk the archaeological site or waterfall trial, there is an activity, or combination of activities to suit all ages, tastes and preferences. With so much to take in, be sure to go prepared and make the most of your time exploring a historic and monumental time in New Zealand’s recent history. Rest in-between activities in their well-appointed cafe. Nestled in tranquil native bush, it’s the perfect place to enjoy Devonshire Tea while the kids’ burn off excess energy in the playground. And why not check out the gift store while you’re there. At the Buried Village there is something for everyone.

  • Monday – CLOSED
  • Tuesday – CLOSED
  • Wednesday – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Thursday – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Friday – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Saturday – 10:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday – 10:00 to 16:00

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