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Shantytown Heritage Park

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Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 3-762 6634
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Shanty Town was ok.

I expected more. They were short staffed and had to borrow the train driver to take our old timer... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kath M
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Gold Coast, Australia
Really loved our visit

We had a wonderful time here it was awesome. Gold paining the best time and the train with the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tony R
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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 good40%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“gold panning” (139 reviews)
“steam train” (103 reviews)
“train ride” (56 reviews)
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LOCATION
Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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+64 3-762 6634
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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had not been here since I was a very young kid. The experience was just as fun and exciting as I remember. My husband and I were lucky enough to coming on one of the annual Shanty Town days so there were added attractions....More

Thank Alice Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very educational and a whole lot of fun. Train ride is great and panning for gold well worth the $7 fee (panned some gold worth more than the fee so that was a bonus!)

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought entry fee was a bit pricey for what it offers. Good to look back at how life was. Train ride as short. Just up hill and then dropped off to walk back. Wouldn’t do it again.

Thank Nadine T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lot of fun here - kids loved it, heaps of hands on stuff to do which was great and a real context to the area they were in - that they referred to for the rest of the coast holiday ! The...More

Thank RebekahClair
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small theme park with buildings and activities recreating the past in NZ. Amusing to see a group of children dressed as 19th century schoolchildren, playing in the schoolyard and going to church - but all wearing the latest trainers! An interesting set of old steam...More

Thank ChrisJS51
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here 10 years ago and have been meaning to go back. Despite the dull weather we had a good day. Enjoyed the old buildings and steam train. 6 year old loved the gold panning. Café was good as far as park cafes go....More

Thank Ed R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just 10 minutes out of Greymouth you'll find the Heritage Park Village Shanty Town depicting the a West Coast town as it was in a bygone era. Great displays of those days, excellent train ride then take the walk down into the village visiting all...More

Thank Waynedvh
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time we have been here, the last a few years ago. The area is great to explore and we easily filled a half day with panning, walking and viewing the buildings. Well worth a visit if you are on the coast...More

Thank Geoff G
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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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