The Buried Village (Museum of Te Wairoa)

1180 Tarawera Road, RD 5
Te Wairoa, Bay Of Plenty
Tourism is not new here. The Pink and White Terraces were one of the wonders of 19th Century New Zealand. They were destroyed when Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886.

The village of Te Wairoa, buried with the Terraces in the eruption, was unearthed in 1931. Site excavations and Museum displays reveal the volcanic devastation.

Entrance Fee.

Guided tours by Tuhourangi, descendants of the original guides to the Pink & White Terraces are available at no extra cost at certain times - grab one if you can.
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  • Buried Village Entrance
    Buried Village Entrance
  • Buried Village
    Buried Village
  • White Terrace, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, Alfred Burton. Te Papa (C.010629)
    White Terrace, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, Alfred Burton. Te Papa (C.010629)
  • Pink Terrace, 1880s, Rotorua, by Charles Spencer. Te Papa (O.000768)
    Pink Terrace, 1880s, Rotorua, by Charles Spencer. Te Papa (O.000768)
  • McRae’s Hotel, interior, 1886, Rotorua, Lake, by Charles Spencer. Te Papa (O.009627)
    McRae’s Hotel, interior, 1886, Rotorua, Lake, by Charles Spencer. Te Papa (O.009627)
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