map
Map &
Directions
access_time
Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
Shore Excursion: Fully Guided Rotorua Sightseeing Tour including Tauranga and Mt Maunganui
"You will have an overview of Mount Maunganui before departing for Rotorua. Kiwi 360 Kiwi Country Store and  Visitor centre. Okere Falls watch River rafting and native walk through fauna. Visit the stunning Redwood Forest and Blue Lake. In Rotorua vi ""The Living Maori Village"" before enjoying a fantastic cultural performance including song and dance. Lunch at the Lakeside Cafe (additional cost) next to beautiful Lake Rotorua. Drive through the picturesque Government Gardens and past the historic Bl Rotorua Museum and Polynesian Spa. We return through farmland & forest with spectacular views of Tauranga & Mt. Maunganui. Visit Mossop's Honey for tasting gifts & ice cream (optional & time permitting). Spectacular views of the area from we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.""""This is an entry level full day tour for visitors wanting an awesome day sightseeing all the local attractions including Rotorua
From NZD99.00
 
Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour
"Join us on this fascinating journey of discovery that begins in town where Rotorua's rich history unfolds before you as you tour local landmarks and share stories and legends of the past. Highlights include Lake Rotorua Mokoia Island Geothermal Sulphur Point Government Gardens The Museum Blue Baths and much more!The adventure continues as the group ventures out to the spectacular lakes area for ""Splashdown"" (entry) into Lakes Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Okareka. Visit a small lakeside community where the Duck's elevation affords m""
From NZD68.00
 
Rotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui
Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui""Your tour includes an overview of Mount Maunganui to see beautiful beaches and million dollar homes visit to Kiwifruit Country including kiwifruit orchard enjoy wine and fruit tasting plus souvenirs. Travel past beautiful forests lakes and farmland then over to Okere Falls to see thrill seekers river rafting & kayaking.Next off to Rotorua to visit Te Puia Geothermal area and Maori Village  and immerse yourself in Maori culture
From NZD159.00

Buried Village Tips (14)

A really interesting and historical trip

This is really interesting, The story of the eruption of the mountain and the aftermath is great, and the sight of a sewing machine lodged up a tree is different.

The pink and white terraces story also is worth listening to.

stevemt's Profile Photo
stevemt
Jun 29, 2007

Feel the Power of Nature at the Buried Village

It is described as New Zealand's Pompeii. Whereas Pompeii, buried by an eruption of Vesuvius, was a big city, Te Wairoa was a small but growing village, being the gateway to the then famous Pink and White Terraces. The eruption of Mt. Tarawera on 10 June 1886 killed 151 people and buried Te Wairoa and two smaller villages under heavy ash and mud. Also the Pink and White Terraces disappeared. They had been a major tourist attraction at the time and also branded as one of the many eighth world wonders.

Te Wairoa, east of Rotorua, has been excavated and is now known as the Buried Village. The Maori huts are still half filled with the petrified ash and mud which makes you imagine at least a little how disastrous the forces of nature can be.

To me it is a memorial and always reminds me of the destructive potential of nature we admire so much for all its beauty. There could not be a more appropriate place for such a memorial which indeed is also a graveyard, as the volcanic plateau around Rotorua and Taupo is still active, and disaster could strike again and at a far huger scale. If Lake Taupo, just a crater lake, erupts again half of the North Island would be lost forever.

Also to Maori Te Wairoa has immense historical, cultural and spiritual value. You feel it when you walk on the paths, they are surrounded by a mysterious atmosphere, but also full of peacefulness and tranquility. The trees around the excavated huts with their moss-covered rooves are tall, and give the place a fresh and cool airyness. A scenic walk leads to the Wairere Falls and the Wairoa stream.

The museum tells the story of the place and holds artifacts which were found during the excavations, and information about archaelogy and volcanology.

Entry fees (as Feb. 2007):
Adults $25, children $7, family passes available.

Kakapo2's Profile Photo
Kakapo2
Feb 05, 2007

Buried Village is worth exploring

The Buried Village was an interesting place to check out. We got lost a bit on the ride over but it was worth the visit.

There are a bunch of houses, the area where the hotel was and old bottles that can be seen that were buried by the Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886. They have been excavated and the buildings were recontructed.

After checking out the village we took a walk through the grounds to the Te Wairoa Falls. Along the way you walk past a stream where you see trout swimming by.

MLW20's Profile Photo
MLW20
Aug 11, 2006

Te Wairoa Stream and Falls

After wandering through the remains of the buried village, take the path along the beautiful Te Wairoa stream and watch the wild rainbow trout hovering in the currents. This short walk (maybe half an hour or so) is easy walking through lush native bush with lots of good photo opportunities, including a beautiful waterfall - the Te Wairoa Falls- and lots of places to stop and enjoy the surroundings.

allikat's Profile Photo
allikat
Mar 25, 2006
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Rotorua

Hotels
1210 Haupapa St, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Show Prices
Hotels
1191 Pukaki Street, Rotorua, 3010, New Zealand
Show Prices
Hotels
Lake End Rangiuru Street, PO Box 348, Rotorua, North Island, 3201, New Zealand
Show Prices
Hotels
1129 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Show Prices
Hotels
312 Fenton Street, PO Box 6052, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Show Prices
Hotels
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, North Island, 9999, New Zealand
Show Prices

The Buried Village

In 1886, Mount Tarawera erupted, and in doing so completely obliterated the village of Te Wairoa and the "Eighth Wonder of the World" ~ the Pink and White Terraces.

Nothing remains of the Terraces, tiers of natural hot springs, but the remnants of the village and hotel now form one of Rotoruas most famous attractions.

The story of this catastrophic eruption, in which over 150 Maori and Pakeha (Europeans) were killed, is told in the museum and by the tour guides - several of whom are direct descendants of the original Maori guides of the Terraces. As you wander through what is now a really tranquil place, you can see the excavations and reconstructions of several 'whares' (dwellings), a stone storehouse and a blacksmiths workshop, as well as the old hotel (including its cellar where full bottles of whiskey were excavated!).

allikat's Profile Photo
allikat
Mar 25, 2006

Burried Village

This was a Maori village that was famous for its White and Pink Terraces. A volcanic explosion burried the whole village, but they are excavating it now. On the way over to the Burried Village from Rotorua, you'll pass the Blue and Green Lakes, a monster lives in one of them according to the stories. The Burried Village is interesting, the guides are nice, but they could make more of it than it is now.

didgeridorien's Profile Photo
didgeridorien
Mar 16, 2006

Buried Village

This is a traditional Maori village (Te Wairoa ) which was one of three villages buried in the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption which claimed 153 lives. The village sits one mile from Lake Tarawera and 15 mins from Rotorua. You can walk through the grounds and see excavations of the blacksmiths shop, barmans house, flour mill and the Rotomahana Hotel. If you following on down the stream through the native bush you come to a spectacular waterfall.

keeweechic's Profile Photo
keeweechic
Feb 27, 2006

Wairere Falls

Located within the Te Wairoa Buried Village complex is one of the nicest falls we saw on our trip to the North Island, and it was Wairere Falls.

This set of falls is started by a small creek, but has quite a drop of about 30 meters, one in which a ten to fifteen minute walk is required from the museum that holds the information at Te Wairoa. Also, you will have to take a fairly steep walk back up the hill to the village, so be prepared for some heaving breaths.

I guess you could call that a breath taking waterfall then!

ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
ATXtraveler
Aug 06, 2005
grets's Profile Photo

grets

"Rotorua"
View Member
allikat's Profile Photo

allikat

"Rotorua!"
View Member
ATXtraveler's Profile Photo

ATXtraveler

"Welcome to Roto-Vegas!"
View Member
Kakapo2's Profile Photo

Kakapo2

"Clean Steam - Smell Hell - Culture Capital"
View Member
kiwi's Profile Photo

kiwi

"Rotorua, main tourist attraction in North Island."
View Member
 
 

Buried Village of Te Wairoa

One of the most historical things you can do when you go to Rotorua is to visit the Buried Village. Rotorua used to be the starting point for visitors to come when they were on their way to see the 8th Wonder of the World, the Pink and White Terraces in which steaming hot water slowly made its way down the mountain into pools at the bottom.

A great volcanic explosion buried these terraces as well as the village of Te Wairoa, which ended for the most part most of the tourism to this region. The historians of the area began digging out this village and have turned it into a historical place to come and learn about that tragedy.

ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
ATXtraveler
Aug 06, 2005

Buried Village

We didn't plan to visit the Village, we didn't know about it we spotted a sign and decided to have a look.

This is an amazing place, really strange walking through a village which was lived in but destroyed by the Tarawera Volcano which erupted.

They have also dug out some of the mud so you can see how much mud actually went into the village and the homes.

They have a lovely pathway which links the excavated sites and enjoy the unspoilt native bush.

Open everyday from 9am except Christmas Day.

Pictures to follow very soon

Lozza_9's Profile Photo
Lozza_9
Feb 07, 2005

Buried Village

This was a very intresting place to visit, to learn what had happend to the village before and after the eruption of the volcano.
Violent and unexpected, the erution of the Tarawera volcano, during the early hours June 10th 1886, was New Zealands gratest natural disaster.
For more then four hours, rocks, ash and mud bombarded the village of Te Wairoa. The eruption destroyed the eighth wonder of the world - The Pink and White Terraces, and buried the staging post for travellers to the Terraces.
Very moving experince and well worth it.

DONBURGESS's Profile Photo
DONBURGESS
Oct 30, 2004

THE BURIED VILLAGE

I have been to The Buried Village twice in my many trips to Rotorua, once when I was 13 and again when I was 26. In that time there was the welcome addition to the village excavations of a museum which explains more about the history of the area and the famous volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886 which is the eruption responsible for burying the village of Te Wairoa.

Once you have walked through the museum and read up on all that fascinating history you can walk outside around the various excavations. I recommend you also take a walk on the Te Wairoa Falls track. It is very scenic and not too difficult to walk on.

I would say that this is personally one of my favourite attractions in Rotorua (but then I love anything to do with volcanic history!)
Speaking of which - a great website for more information on the Tarawera Eruption visit http://anheizen.com

kiwigal_1's Profile Photo
kiwigal_1
Oct 18, 2004

Things to Do Near Rotorua

Things to Do

Blue Baths

As a Spa town Rotorua offers a good choice of spas and thermal baths. Among the most famous Polynesian Spa, there are also smaller but cheaper and less crowded thermal pools. Blue Baths is one of...
View More
Things to Do

Polynesian Spa

We do enjoy going there - the facilties are great, however had a bad experience with a very rude staff member. When they ask you where you are from this person made an inappropriate comment about our...
View More
Things to Do

Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua is a volcanic crater lake and is the second larest in the North Island after Lake Taupo. The town of Rotorua is located on the southern shore. Fishing is popular activity as are...
View More
Things to Do

Mount Tarawera

Mount Tarawera is an impressive dormant volcano near Rotorua. On 10 June 1886 it erupted with tremendous force and killed 153 people. The entire volcano is on Maori land and is considered sacred...
View More
Things to Do

Te Puia

A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice...
View More
Things to Do

Rotorua Museum & Government Gardens

The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is housed in the old Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. The museum opened in 1969 in the south wing of the old building followed by the Art...
View More

Getting to Rotorua

Address

Tarawera Rd, R.D.5 Rotorua.

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Map