Destroyed by the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, the village of Te Wairoa is today a living museum where visitors can experience a unique piece of New Zealand history.
The Museum of Te Wairoa takes visitors on an emotional journey telling the fascinating story of the village, the voyages to the Pink and White Terraces and the eruption of Mt Tarawera.
The excavated site, the only one to be open for public viewing in New Zealand, offers a first hand insight into the devastation, chaos and mayhem that transpired on the night Mt Tarawera erupted.
Wander the scenic pathways that link the sites, enjoy pristine native bush, view the sensational wilderness above the Wairere Falls looking out over remote volcanic scenery and catch a glimpse of the wild rainbow trout that inhibit the stream.
Tours are available daily, guided by descendants of Tuhourangi, the original inhabitants of Te Wairoa.
Te Wairoa Tearooms provides a relaxed ambience in beautiful surroundings and serves the best in home style cooking. Devonshire teas and scones are a specialty, excellent coffee and delicious cakes, quiches and fresh salads.
Smith’s Souvenir Store has a comprehensive collection of authentic Maori carvings; greenstone and bone jewellery; an impressive collection of books on New Zealand, Maori myths and legends.
Family Friendly Facilities: Trout feeding, education kits, children’s playground, wildlife and farm animals, Children’s Discovery Room and picnic areas in Park.
Location: 15 minute scenic drive from Rotorua on Tarawera Road, past Blue and Green Lakes.
- Pam McGrath
- +64 (07) 362 8287
- +64 (07) 362 8287
- Tarawera Road
- 12.82km from Rotorua
This is the shortest distance from the Tourism Rotorua Information and Travel Office to this operator, but does not necessarily represent the exact route travelled by road.
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