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Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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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.

Museum of Te Wairoa:
The museum is home to a valuable collection of Victoriana and other specific relics of the Tarawera eruption.

Through years of continued excavation our displays show a range of items recovered from the post eruption ruins of Te Wairoa. The museum wing gives visitors a unique view of the devastation and how that fateful night in 1886 changed lives and the landscape forever.

Archaeological Site:
The village, now peaceful and green, hides the devastation of the areas violent history. Explore the 12 acre park-like setting that is the archaeological site to discover the remains, excavated evidence and recreated scenes from the lasting devastation that was the Tarawera eruption.

The sites have been excavated to the original floor levels which shows the depth of mud and volcanic ash that ejected upon the village. Because of detoriaration the sites have now been reconstructed using the native materials that were once used, for example ponga, tree fern, and raupo rushes.

Waterfall and trails:
Scenic pathways link the Buried Village with the surrounding re-vegetated area, enjoy pristine native bush and view the native flora and fauna above the Wairere Falls looking out over remote volcanic scenery. From this vantage point you can catch a glimpse of the wild rainbow trout that inhabit Te Wairoa stream and like all visitors to Wairere falls, be immersed in its natural beauty and exquisite wonder.

Opening hours:
9:00am - last entry 4:30pm

Adult $35 / Child $5
Family Pass (2ad, up to 3ch)

Family $75
502a Wairakei Road, Harewood
New Zealand
Postal Address: PO Box 39 151, Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand
Postal Address: PO Box 39 151, Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand