Buried Village of Te Wairoa – 129th Anniversary
Te Wairoa was established in 1848 by a Christian missionary, however, survived less than 40 years when the settlement, along with the 8th wonder of the world, were destroyed and buried in rock, ash, mud and volcanic debris in one of New Zealand’s biggest recorded natural disasters – the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886.
Mount Tarawera claimed the lives of more than 150 people living in Te Wairoa and obliterated the blossoming village. Life in this area would never be the same again.
Buried Village of Te Wairoa – History
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is an award-winning experience that takes you through the before-and-after of June 10, 1886. Get a glimpse of what life was like for the people living in Te Wairoa before Earth’s wrath consumed this tiny settlement.
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is situated on 12 acres and has been excavated and maintained by the Smith family since it was purchased in 1931. Read more here.
Buried Village of Te Wairoa – Things to Do
The Buried Village has so many things to do, that you’ll want to plan your day before you come. (Tips can be found here.) Walk through the excavations, take a tour, explore the trails and waterfalls, or learn about the rich history at the Museum of Te Wairoa. There are even children’s activities, making the Buried Village family-friendly.
More Information – Near Rotorua, NZ
Information for first-time visitors can be found here, including location, directions, hours and how to prepare for the Buried Village of Te Wairoa experience.