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Shantytown Heritage Park

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Shantytown Heritage Park Experience
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Shantytown Heritage Park Experience
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“gold panning”(141 reviews)
“steam train”(103 reviews)
“train ride”(58 reviews)
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...more
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Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 3-762 6634
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All reviews gold panning steam train train ride shanty town step back in time pan for gold gold rush couple of hours few hours great place to visit rainy day on display native bush well worth the visit sawmill life coast
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We called here rather late in the afternoon after just arriving in Greymouth. A little pricey for entrance fee, but the upkeep of a museum and staff wages have to be considered. We had a very enjoyable experience, and learned a good deal about what...More

Thank aw682018
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Shanty Town has some great features but not a lot of action. Some of the exhibits weren’t open and one or two were under renovation. Would be great with more guides.

Thank susanpG7216UO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a period experience with a real steam train trip you get to sit behind and be explained about its working. Wonderful to get in to some of the original buildings and walk around the site even with the terrible rain. $33 seemed a...More

Thank Colm C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out but overpriced for what you get. The facilities and displays need to be 'sharper' and more professional to match the entrance price.

Thank kathmandukid
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The steam train was the highlight but we felt it was over priced unfortunately. Basic cafe on site. Working water wheel was great and talking displays. Museum really rather that real life.

Thank HeatherAbbie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No worth the entry money. Found the percentage of shops closed and only ended up staying for an hour. We only stayed this long as we found a small bush track we walked.

Thank Sandie_C_13_13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a morning at Shantytown, before our return to Chistchurch on the TranzAlpine in the afternoon. What an awsome display of a bygone era. Firstly the short steam train ride up an incline. We had a look over the steam engine and chat with...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2018

HAd a look around Shanty Town, finding the area great to stroll about just browsing. The bush train, is a must when here. A short ride into the bush, with the opportunity to chat to the loco driver, and a look through the cab, along...More

Thank 62Peter1952
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

A lovely reflection of NZ past with fabulous dusplays .A great train ride through the bush and interesting points of saw milling and gold panning og yesteryear. A must visit when traveling to Greymouth.

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 11 September 2018

The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. The place is amazing. The train trip is definitely worth a visit.

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9 April 2018|
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Response from Kerry C | Reviewed this property |
The gold panning is mapped on site, easy to find when you walk down from the train ride up... and someone turns up there when you arrive. It is fun but you 'pan' a preprepared scoop of gravel that is already loaded onto your... More
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.
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.