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Shantytown Heritage Park

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Shantytown Heritage Park Experience
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“gold panning”(145 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
+64 3-762 6634
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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 local history on display native bush rainy day new zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The attraction is an interesting account of some of the local history. We went there with two kids and they enjoyed the steam train ride and searching for gold. The site seemed a bit understaffed as we had to wait for some time for attendants...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank whoismikejones
Reviewed 4 days ago

A well organised collection of buildings and historic facilities linked to the gold mining era. The central attraction was a full sized steam engine with 2 passenger wagons running on a short length of line through a wooded site. The return train / tramway journey...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank barryfoale
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Shantytown yesterday. Found three dead/nearly dead rats, one even in one of the areas you are supposed to take photos so naturally is full of children at this time of the year. Seriously disgusting! And considering this is a family place to visit,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank charlotteburns7980
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to visit to see what life was like back in the days of gold and logging and was not disappointed. An excellent lay out with great historical information covering local history in the area. It’s the type of place older adults will recognise if...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 868ewanc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much activities for adults ,food was reasonable and the staff of the railways were well organised and helpful,heritage photo store a great visit

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rchandan
Reviewed December 7, 2018 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 November 25, 2018

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 November 29, 2018

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 November 22, 2018 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 November 6, 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 November 29, 2018

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 October 26, 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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December 4, 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
December 4, 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.
April 8, 2018|
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Response from Waynedvh | Reviewed this property |
Worth giving it a try here would be a good way to learn how to pan, then you could buy a pan can and pan for gold on your travels regards Wayne.
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