Shantytown Heritage Park

Shantytown Heritage Park, Greymouth: Hours, Address, Shantytown Heritage Park Reviews: 4/5

Shantytown Heritage Park
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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 heritage 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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sjb462
Feilding9 contributions
Worth a visit.
Oct 2021 • Family
Great morning with the family - well thought out for small kids, definitely need 2 hours to see everything especially if you do the rotary walk to the top of the hill with a view.
Written 6 October 2021
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MrsWayne3158
Tauranga, New Zealand14 contributions
Living history
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a great resource this place is. A lot of work put into bringing the stories alive. The staff clearly love their jobs and make it enjoyable for visitors (train trip was great fun) . A wide variety of interesting buildings & exhibits & they are presented to make them interesting . Living history well done
Written 23 September 2021
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WIB_W0B
Murchison, New Zealand25 contributions
The stories bring it to life!
Jul 2021 • Couples
Shantytown is definitely not the flashiest (some might say slightly run-down) but that's all part of its charm. If you can't appreciate a hilariously rubbish mannequin in a dodgy wig then you have no business going to a historical village, period! The best part about Shantytown and what makes it a really enjoyable experience is all the stories about the men, women and children of the gold rush/logging era that are presented within the buildings in the park. You get a real sense of how tough life was for them.
Written 7 July 2021
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Nigpat
Christchurch, New Zealand482 contributions
Conference venue with history
May 2021 • Friends
Shantytown is a NZ icon. It was quiet during the day, while we were there, but the event in the evening used the Golden Nugget Hotel as a venue. The staff were friendly and very accommodating. The cafe was open and the food was great at a reasonable price. The attractions are perfect to the period and had heaps of commentary available to really understand what life was like at the time. It's well presented just a bit quiet. This is probably due to the lack of tourism due to covid 19. It is definitely worth the visit.
Written 23 May 2021
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Danny T
Rotorua, New Zealand48 contributions
Well worth the visit.
Certainly a must do if visiting Greymouth. The steam train ride up a surviving bush tramway was awesome. The history of this area is interesting too say the least. Try the gold panning. For $7 it's really cool and you're guaranteed to find gold. The miners town is well laid out and full of interesting artifacts. Allow at least 2-3 hours to get the full experience.
Written 29 April 2021
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TheBarrsNZ
Hamilton, New Zealand451 contributions
Really good fun
Mar 2021 • Couples
Had a great time looking around at all the olden day items, machinery and housing. A blast from the past so to speak. Unfortunately not enough time to ride the train.... maybe it could run at more times during the day. The cafe was good and had lovely cheese scones. Allow up to 2 hrs for a good look. Great photo opportunities, set out well, lovely staff. A little pricey but otherwise well worth it.
Written 17 March 2021
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Nik K
2 contributions
Seen better days.
Mar 2021 • Couples
Run down and past it's best by date. Sad to see buildings neglected and displays in poor condition. Many features are closed or inaccessible. Walkways are overgrown with rotten wooden features. Railway now restricted to half it's original track. Holographic cinema images are very weak. Very good collection of small steam locomotives. Very basic cafe facilities. High entry price with additional charges for gold panning. Needs significant new investment to bring back to a presentable standard.
Written 9 March 2021
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JohnnyUK7
Christchurch, New Zealand128 contributions
Step back into the past and see how life was like in the gold rush days
Feb 2021
Allow yourself plenty of time here because there is so much to see (we spent 4+ hours). The train ride is interesting because it takes you for a short ride into the native bush. Very interesting displays in all of the buildings and informative boards around the area explaining much of the history. A very well laid out recreation of a village going back to the gold rush times. A good cafe on site also.
Definitely well worth the visit.
Written 26 February 2021
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Clara C
Wellington, New Zealand29 contributions
Excelent experience
Feb 2021
We went to this heritage park thinking we would just get to see how a town looked like during the Gold Rush in NZ, but we got soooo much more out of it. There were several original buildings; there was a steam train ride available and a steam train museum; there was gold panning available; and there were boards all over explaining the history of the region and how things worked back then. Staff was also warm and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the region. We really enjoyed ourselves (even though we are adults almost in our 40s :) ).
Written 11 February 2021
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seaair1
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand44 contributions
A good place to view an early European settlement in NZ
Feb 2021 • Couples
I visited here 40 years ago and loved it so I was curious to revisit. It’s a great idea. I’d like to see a good dollop of funding to be spent on maintaining the buildings. I’d also like to see a museum curator oversee the collections which are really interesting.
Well done keeping it going. Nice staff and a relaxed atmosphere.
Written 10 February 2021
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Shantytown Heritage Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Shantytown Heritage Park admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $37.70, while a popular guided tour starts around $90.24 per person. See all 4 Shantytown Heritage Park tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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