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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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 May 23, 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 April 29, 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 March 17, 2021
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Nik K
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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 March 9, 2021
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JohnnyUK7
Christchurch, New Zealand127 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 February 26, 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 February 11, 2021
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seaair1
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand43 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 February 10, 2021
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kelly19932020
Northland Region, New Zealand11 contributions
YOU MUST GO
Dec 2020
Such amazing history all brought together in this replica town.
My only complaint is that the opening hours are too short, there is so much to see and so little time, it'd be great to get a return pass for the next days for people who are super keen to see everything. I could have spent so much longer here!
I highly recommend a visit and this should be your ONE AND ONLY gold experience as its truly worth it. The staff are amazing, friendly and very knowledgeable.
Written February 3, 2021
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Slinkybambi
8 contributions
Cute place to go! Don’t do the wild gold panning
Jan 2021
Shanty town was a super cute place to go with the family.

Suggestion to owners: maybe have a audio commentary going on the train as I had no idea the track was used for logging NOT gold mining. If I hadn’t asked I would not have known.

We were particularly excited about gold panning as we had done this in central Otago. Sadly I felt that it was not as authentic as we had experienced before.

Although you are guaranteed success in your pan you also have the option to go “wild gold panning” which mean you can try it yourself up the track. But you have to pay an extra $7 per person to do this!

We were super disappointed. I was expecting a proper water stream at least. The stream bed was almost dry so most of the digging we had to do was in stones mud. The panning buckets were muddy water full of mud and stones, so you couldn’t even see what you were panning For let alone pan properly. We were excited to do this but they never told us it was a dry stream bed with muddy water. And it cost extra.

Whatever you do DONT do the WILD GOLD PANNING. And only do the normal panning if you want to take the gold - everyone gets some so it’s not like you stand there and learn properly and have to do a few pans before you get something.

I reckon the wild gold panning needs to be stopped as it is not what you expect. Or offered if you want to do it for no extra charge as was such a sham.

Written January 11, 2021
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Olivia
1 contribution
Exorbitant Prices & Filthy Cafe
Dec 2020
It's really disappointing to see what Shantytown has become, & to have to write a negative review when we are supposed to be supporting NZ Tourism - but something has to change here. It was $99 for two adults & a child to get in to the park with gold panning, which just seems exorbitant when you see what is actually there. It is really run down, damp, & lacking any form of maintenance. You can't even access a lot of the exhibits closely enough to see anything, & everything just smells musty & like it hasn't been looked after.

The service at the cafe was so bad, the wait for just a bowl of fries was extensive & when they arrived they were undercooked & the tomato sauce tasted expired. All the tables were covered in dishes & filthy.

The only highlight was how nice the man at the gold panning was after my son accidentally tipped his stones out. It is such a shame to see, & was one of the worst parts of our holiday. I am still shocked at the price & would not recommend coming here
Written January 6, 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 $26.21, while a popular guided tour starts around $62.75 per person. See all 4 Shantytown Heritage Park tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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