Buried Village

Heritage Attractions in Rotorua
Price range:
$30.00 - $60.00


Experience New Zealand’s most visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life!

Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera in June 10 1886 was one of New Zealand’s greatest natural disasters. For more than four terrifying hours rocks, ash, and mud bombarded the peaceful village of Te Wairoa ending more than 150 lives and destroying the eighth wonder of the world; The Pink and White terraces, but it doesn’t end thereā€¦
Thanks to sensitive redevelopment by three generations of the Smith family; you can see what life was like at the village before, during, and after the eruption.

Buried Village highlights:

ENCOUNTER the world-class Museum of Te Wairoa and be enriched in the collection of excavated objects over 80 years old.

EXPLORE the archaeological site which reveals the devastation of the eruption. Walk among and enter the very sites that once house the people of Te Wairoa.

EXPERIENCE the unique insights of the stories from our tour guides or try our electronic tour devices.

TAKE the Waterfall Trail which showcases the stunning Wairere Falls. Be thrilled as you stand in the spray of the waterfall as it plunges 30 meters to the valley below.

CHILDREN can enjoy Smithy’s Guide Map searching through the excavated sites for clues

REFRESH at Vi’s Teahouse offering delicious scones, Devonshire Tea, and excellent coffee or browse the range of gifts in our gift store

Book now with bookit and adults save 15%!


#1 - General Admission

Admission to the Buried Village, includes entry to our Museum, excavated village walk and waterfalls trail. Please phone 362 8287 to inquire about our tour times.

Open from 9.00am - 5.00pm (Summer)
Open from 9.00am - 4.30pm (Winter)
Open daily (Except Christmas Day)

The Buried Village experience will take approximately 90minutes, not including time spent in smiths souvenir shop and our Victorian tea house.

#2 - Family Pass

Our Family ticket price covers two adults and up to four children under twelve years.A treasure hunt for the children is very popular.


avatar - Mar 2016 -


Well organised, knowledgeable and friendly staff, fascinating exhibits. A must see to understand the history of the area.

avatar - Apr 2015 -


Very glad we went to the Buried village. The guide that tokk us throguht the 1st 45 minutes of the village was knowledgeable and witty, and bought the area to life. Well worth the visit

avatar - Mar 2015 -


Fast confirmation for this booking once book. No issue faced when exchange for the tickets.


If a cancellation is made within 24 hours of arrival day, loss of 100% of the total booking price.