Buried Village of Te Wairoa – a unique Rotorua attraction

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The Buried Village of Te Wairoa offers an insight into the devastation and mayhem that transpired on the night of June 10 1886 when nearby Mount Tarawera erupted.

Stories of the legendary Pink and White Terraces and the deadly eruption of Mount Tarawera come to life in the museum through Photographs and displays of treasured objects excavated form the village.

Walk amongst and even enter the very sites that once housed the people of Te Wairoa. The excavated village is connected by a meandering pathway, set amongst trees and meadows beside the Te Wairoa Stream. Remnants and artifacts recovered from the rubble help to display life at the settlement before, during and after this monumental event and help portray the villager’s stories of both tragedy and survival.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll through pristine native bush and catch a glimpse of the giant wild trout that inhabit the beautiful stream of Te Wairoa. Complete the journey with a visit to the 30 metre Te Wairoa falls and native bush walk.


  • Museum
  • Excavated Village
  • Waterfall Trail
  • Optional Guided Tours included in admission
    leave regularly throughout the day

Operating hours

9.00am – 4.30pm (Winter, April – October)
9.00am – 5.00pm (Summer,  November – March)

Location of The Buried Village

The Buried Village is situated on Tarawera Road, at an easy and scenic 15-minute drive from Rotorua city.


Suggested visit length

1.5 hours

Café and Giftstore onsite