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Shantytown Heritage Park

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Shantytown Heritage Park Experience
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“steam train”(108 reviews)
“gold panning”(144 reviews)
“train ride”(61 reviews)
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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...more
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Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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All reviews steam train gold panning train ride shanty town step back in time pan for gold gold rush couple of hours school holidays entrance fee few hours great place to visit take home on display local history native bush rainy day
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having noted the mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, we gave this attraction the benefit of the doubt and headed down to Shantytown, intending to stay all day. We took the steam train ride which was interesting. Imagine what it must have been like to use...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Owen_thesaints
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set out like a small town, with lots of interesting stories. The hologram show in the theatre is excellent. However, there was nobody at the gold panning station, which was disappointing, but the train journey was fun.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jan P
Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jan. Thanks for leaving a review on the highlights of your visit. Our apologies regarding the Gold Claim. If our Gold Claim person had to step away from the Claim there should have been a sign up stating when they'd be back. I'll have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the visit but the attraction needs some perking up. Attractions are dowdy and could be interesting if some more information was available. There’s no interactive content and little info in the leaflet. Train ride was fun and driver/staff were knowledgeable and helpful.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bxsta
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Took our girls here on holiday and had a wonderful time. Really enjoyed the gold panning and being able to take home our own pot of gold.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank prestj
Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the visit Prestj. I like the sound of this 'pot of gold'! Glad to hear you enjoyed a nice family day out at Shantytown.

Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here. Lots to see at your leisure. Photo opportunities. Clean ammenities. Reasonable price for entry and food prices ok too. The train ride was fun. Great for families

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank aw682018
Reviewed 18 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank susanpG7216UO
Reviewed 5 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dalerblue
Reviewed 4 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kathmandukid
Reviewed 30 September 2018 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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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SK1R1D
5 December 2018|
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Response from ppcp19792015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Guys.. We enjoyed our visit there, and the short train trip, and the history was interesting. Unfortunately there was a large conference on the day we went, and quite a few of the attractions were closed. If we had known... More
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SK1R1D
5 December 2018|
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Response from Jan P | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any powered scooters there but the distance between exhibits is not too far. However, there are a number of steps, especially with the need to clamber on the train.
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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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