Te Wairoa

Te Wairoa

Te Wairoa was founded in 1852 by a Christian missionary as a model Maori town that could also accommodate the many foreign visitors who came to see the famous pink and white terraces nearby. The village, on the other hand, was supposed to have a little history. Mount Tarawera erupted on June 10, 1886, followed by Lake Rotomahana bursting, submerging Te Wairoa in a two-meter thick layer of muck.

Although the majority of the residents were able to flee, 17 people died. Archaeological excavations began here in the 1930s, and the site currently displays the original building floorplans.

The on-site museum houses artefacts discovered during the excavations as well as a geological exhibit of the pink and white terraces that now lie beneath Lake Rotomahana. A lovely walking track extends from the archaeological site to Wairere Falls, passing through natural bush.