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Shantytown Heritage Park

Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 3-762 6634
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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.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“gold panning” (140 reviews)
“steam train” (103 reviews)
“train ride” (60 reviews)
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Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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+64 3-762 6634
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"gold panning"
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"steam train"
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"train ride"
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"shanty town"
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"step back in time"
in 18 reviews
"pan for gold"
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"gold rush"
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"couple of hours"
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"school holidays"
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"few hours"
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"great place to visit"
in 11 reviews
"on display"
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"native bush"
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"whole family"
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"rainy day"
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"well worth the visit"
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"new zealand"
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Reviewed today via mobile

A sleepy ghost town replica of a good rush town. Not much activities and over priced. Better off visiting arrowhead.

Thank Shamus C
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not worth the money. Exhibits are ill maintained. Under staffed...and grumpy ticket seller...i would have gone Nelson as recommended or Arrowtown if i had the time.

Thank GloriaLim
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The day was windy, wet and miserable but we cheered up on entry. Lots to see and great little area to pan for gold. We even found some! The train was good but open and chilly so rug up if you go in winter.

Thank Marian K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great time looking around Shantytown - loved the train ride, but particularly liked panning for gold - it was so much fun filled with the anticipation of striking it rich (lol). The staff were very friendly and helpful

Thank Trudy B
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

We stopped at Shantytown while driving from Arthur's Pass to Nelson. There were lots of old store fronts full of old furniture and items from the 1800's and early 1900's. Also there was a steam train from around 1897 that you could ride to an...More

Thank DarylJ552
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

my daughter love the gold panning, train ride is good been before is fun but was raining great to see olden days, cafe is not much good but picnic would be great on sunny day, they are short staffed and reception was not to friendly...More

Thank Silverstream762
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

An interesting attraction giving good insight into life at that place in time. Well maintained with friendly staff.

Thank DeborahLBrisbane
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

Another large tour party was there. We had a good buffet dinner matched with a good breakfast the following morning.

Thank sheldon91
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

I expected more. They were short staffed and had to borrow the train driver to take our old timer photos. He was in a hurry and told us we needed to be quick as he had to go drive the train. we expected to be...More

Thank Kath M
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

We had a wonderful time here it was awesome. Gold paining the best time and the train with the nicest people ever.

Thank Tony R
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Kimbo08
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
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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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