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Shantytown Heritage Park

Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 3-762 6634
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Train ride was good

A little off the track, but we detoured for a couple of hours here. It cost $78 for a family and I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Caroline S
Wollongong, Australia
via mobile
Step back in time

My kids and I spent a good day exploring Shantytown. Similar to Ferrymead in Christchurch, but has... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rolleston, 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.
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  • Very good41%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“gold panning” (126 reviews)
“steam train” (90 reviews)
“train ride” (48 reviews)
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Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 3-762 6634
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A little off the track, but we detoured for a couple of hours here. It cost $78 for a family and I don't think it was worth the price as there were other things inside that you had to pay for on top of the...More

1  Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 5 days ago

My kids and I spent a good day exploring Shantytown. Similar to Ferrymead in Christchurch, but has more things to do and more history behind it.

Thank arolabs
Reviewed 5 days ago

This fake goldmining/logging village is made from a collection of genuine old buildings moved here from elsewhere. There are a number of such attractions in NZ and Australia, usually quite small. This one has the added attraction of a steam railway that will take you...More

Thank Stephen T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of the accommodation websites around the area tell you this is a "must see", however it doesn't live up to expectations. The lady at the entrance seemed disinterested and didn't appear to listen to what we said, but finally we managed to pay our...More

1  Thank AliBrisbane
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went excitedly to go gold panning as we had seen lots of places and decided this would be a nice afternoon to walk around as well. First they sting you for $33 entry to a dead town where half of the building's aren't open...More

1  Thank Kirsty A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The train, gold panning, information boards around the site, small church and general atmosphere were first class. Well worth a visit for all from junior persons to pensioners like us. Staff were enthusiastic about the town and were happy to answer any questions visitors had....More

Thank david p
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This attraction is a concoction of old, period buildings set up together on a discrete site. It did not really work for us as it failed to cohere and nothing seemed to being it to life. Really rather unmemorable. Instead it is all rather static...More

1  Thank gehdev
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t miss this if you’re into history and something like “little house on the prairie”! You can really get a feeling for the old times. Loved the town with the old shoe shop, the saloon, the telephone office and its authentic interiors. Very informative on...More

1  Thank Beth J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had wanted to visit Shantytown for years and when I finally did I was disappointed. The welcome at the ticket office was non existent, the service in the cafe average and several of the videos or voice activated information spots were out of order....More

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kids loved Shantytown. The gold panning was a real hit with the kids. The buildings are in great condition and there's alot to see & explore. Shop selling icecream was awesome. Went into the cafe for lunch and got Chinese chicken soup & fried chicken...More

Thank N4843HBtamh
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Leah G
September 5, 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.
March 29, 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.
Ian L
July 17, 2015|
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