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1180 Tarawera Rd, Lake Tarawera

Te Wairoa - The Buried Village Entry for One Child ($5), One Adult ($25) or $50 for a Family of Five (Up to $75)

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Up to four people can visit the site of Maori settlement destroyed by a volcano, with interactive museum featuring children-friendly content

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1 ratings1 reviews
22 hours ago
The waterfall is amazing! A fantastic morning out
1 ratings1 reviews
February 29, 2020
This was amazing, service was even better. Definitely recommend the guided tour, can't remember the guy we had but he was very knowledgable and it was amazing to hear about the history. The other highlight was walking to Wairere waterfall. It was absolutely amazing and so beautiful to see, we took so many photos. It was worth every cent. Thank you for a great experience. Highly recommend. ❤
1 ratings1 reviews
January 30, 2020
I didn’t think that much of the village . But the waterfall was great
19 ratings8 reviews
January 23, 2020
plan for time to experience this village
1 ratings1 reviews
January 19, 2020
Excellent family day out
4 ratings3 reviews
January 10, 2020
Museum at start is interesting. Recommend a guide for the grounds walk, heard they are very good. Waterfall worth the walk.
1 ratings1 reviews
January 7, 2020
Excellent Museum. Great presentation of the Tarawera eruption and its effects on people and the landscape. Good cafe. The archeological dig area was a bit disappointing.
1 ratings1 reviews
January 4, 2020
They offer a free guided tour. It is excellent.
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What You'll Get

The Deal

$5 for entry to Buried Village for a child aged 5-15 (total value up to $10)

$25 for entry to Buried Village for an adult (total value up to $35)

$50 for entry to Buried Village for a family of two adults and up to three children (total value up to $75)


  • Individuals or families can visit one of New Zealand’s most visited historic sites
  • Revisit the story of what was considered a model Maori village and the volcanic event that destroyed it
  • Admire nine decades’ worth of the Smith clan passion project

The Fine Print

• Limit of 2 vouchers per person
• Purchase up to 2 additional as gifts
• Valid for the number of people mentioned in the coupon
• Child ticket is valid for those aged 5-15
• Adults classified as aged 16 or older
• Family pass is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-15
• Under 5s enter for free with paying accompanying adult
• Additional children with a Groupon family pass pay $5 entry fee, payable directly to the merchant
• Original value verified on: 29 Mar 2018
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About Buried Village Rotorua

Discovered in 1931 by Reg and Vi Smith, Buried Village Rotorua has since become the family's passion project, dedicated to keeping the history of Te Wairoa alive for posteriority. The third generation of Smiths is currently carrying on this tradition maintaining a museum that combines extensive archaeological research with a personalised approach. The pensive mood can be further explored thanks to hiking trails available in the vicinity of the site, featuring scenic views and waterfalls.

Buried Village Rotorua

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