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Shantytown Heritage Park

Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 3-762 6634
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Good in parts

This is a recreation of a Gold Rush town with exhibits and artifacts in the buildings that... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steve L
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Another aspect of nz heritage close up

We went on a cloudy and showery day and missed the rain by sheltering inside on and off. We were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
morecambewilkies
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Shantytown is a leading New Zealand culture and heritage attraction. Made up of over 30 historic buildings it is a faithfully recreated 19th century pioneer town, inspired by the West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s. Highlights include riding the steam train, gold panning, the Beehive store with its range of traditional confectionery and the opportunity to have an old time photo portrait taken as a memento of your visit.
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Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a recreation of a Gold Rush town with exhibits and artifacts in the buildings that illustrated how life was back then. There are boards that give further explanation on all facets of the conditions under which people lived and worked. Take the time...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went on a cloudy and showery day and missed the rain by sheltering inside on and off. We were there for a couple of hours plus time in the cafe Steam train fun and interesting- really takes you through the forest and opportunity for...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Its a good little setup and I would certainly encourage those with children to go along to get a sense of what life was like in the early days. I do wish they had spend a bit more time on the detail of the show...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited Shantytown a long, long time ago, was not expecting too much of this place, but found it rather good, with the steam train into the forest, demos of saw milling, gold panning (got some flakes out of that), and the old town buildings...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Living History Museum with a collection of relocated buildings from the Gold Rush era set on the site of an old gold mine and saw mills. Relics of the gold mining are still visible and the town buildings contain an amazing array of artefacts and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great reception but downhill from there. Train ride hot and cramped with little to see - more for the kids than adults. Buildings have been there a while and lack TLC. Hologram cinema disappointed - could not sense any 3D. Other displays interesting with few...More

Thank DOug57_10
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A well done recreation of early settler life on the west coast. The café was average - neither particularly good or bad. The exhibits were appropriate except for the theatre where the 'film' was poorly done. The sluice display was non-operational during our visit and...More

Thank David W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The price is quite high but the steam train ride was great and getting dressed up in old fashioned clothes and getting pictures done was a highlight (although an extra $25). Ferrymead in Chch is probably better but its still interesting and a great way...More

Thank kiwiasme
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent most of the say here - reception was friendly - all the attractions were great - had the old timey photos taken and great food - we did the gold panning as well

1  Thank Jerry A
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Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jerry. The old time photos and gold vials are great mementos of your visit eh! Glad to hear you had a lovely day at Shantytown. Thanks for your feedback.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great little town. Beautiful forest walks. Awesome steam train. Good tea rooms. Would highly recommend.More

1  Thank Paula_Rudi
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Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Paula, Thanks for coming out to Shantytown, even on a rainy day! We haven't seen much rain this summer believe it or not!! It's been lovely to have the odd shower to top up the tanks and water the gardens! Thanks for your review...More

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Leah G
6 September 2017|
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Response from NicolaFoote | Reviewed this property |
Not in a heavy or shower or consistently wet day if you have kids. Adults would probably spend enough time in each building to make it worth dodging the rain.
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vickie413
30 March 2017|
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Response from Kim H | Reviewed this property |
Half a day would be enough ... we arrived at lunchtime and left at closing time.
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Ian L
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