Wairere Falls – Buried Village of Te Wairoa
The beautiful Wairere Falls are located inside of the Buried Village of Te Wairoa along the scenic walking trails. Walk through the lush, native bush and look out over the remote volcanic scenery. The steps down to the falls can be a bit challenging, so plan on wearing sturdy walking shoes. Water from Wairere Falls drops 30 metres over the Waitoharuru Cliffs.
If the trek down to the falls proves a bit too much, you can still gain a magnificent view of Lake Tarawera by way of the Waitoharuru Valley Lookout.
Plan for around 20 minutes on the trails.
History of the Buried Village of Te Wairoa
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is one of the most visited, award-winning historical attractions in New Zealand. Te Wairoa was once a flourishing tourist town, containing what, at that time, was considered the eighth wonder of the world; the Pink and White Terraces. On June 10, 1886, both the village and famous terraces were covered in hot ash and mud from the eruption of Mt. Tarawera and the following explosion of Lake Rotomahana. These catastrophic events took the lives of approximately 153 people.
Out of the ashes came forth some of the most beautiful bush due to the mineral-rich soil. With the destruction of the terraces came many visitors curious about the destruction left behind. And thus, the humble beginnings of the Buried Village of Te Wairoa.
Other Things to Do in the Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Besides the magnificent Wairere Falls along the scenic trails, the village has a museum, archaeological sites, and even a tea house and playground to let the kids loose while you relax and sip on some tea. Find more information here.