Buried Village - Te Wairoa

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White TerraceA native house. The embankments is from the eruption!We are here!Mud and ash from the eruption covering this house.Another native houseLooking outCold storage.. the earth above is ejecta.A lost cannon found at the bottom of nearby falls.WaterfallBig waterfallMore fallsWe walked a long hard walk and this...All blacks!Clear water...A view of the volcanos..Duck, duck...That’s 15Up and down...A slide..Blue LakeBlueGreen LakeGreen

Established by the Christian missionary in 1848 as a model village, Te Wairoa survived for fewer than 40 years before it, and the nearby Pink and White Terraces were obliterated by the eruption of Mt Tarawera.

On June 10 1886, spewing rock, ash and mud killed more than 150 people, engulfed several settlements and destroyed the marble-like terraces at Lake Rotomahana, which were internationally regarded as "the eighth wonder of the world".