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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.

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