The Buried Village at Tarawera is a unique Rotorua experience and an award winning heritage attraction. An excavated village, it offers a first hand insight into what transpired on the night of June 10 1886 when Mount Tarawera erupted, an authentic representation of how the people of TeWairoa – Maori and pakeha (European) – lived and died. The attraction features a recreated pioneer cottage, a Maori whare (house) and excavated sites. There’s also a scenic nature trail, which includes a walk to the stunning Wairere waterfall. There’s a lookout which gives spectacular views across the valley, Lake Tarawera and beyond, and there’s a children’s playground near the café, Vi’s Teahouse. There’s also a fantastic, award winning museum on site which houses hundreds of objects dug up from the ruins of the village over the past eight decades and tells the stories of the people who lived in the village with interactive displays and a children’s discovery room. The Buried Village received the Tourism Innovator Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in 2001/2002 and deemed a culture and heritage attraction, in recognition of the world class methods and ideas used to interpret heritage within the Museum of TeWaiora, and throughout the excavated archaeological site.