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Shantytown Heritage Park

Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 3-762 6634
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Great exhibits when you can get to them.

I've been to Shantytown once before, and had a great experience and there's no doubt it's a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kiwizinho
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Blenheim, New Zealand
Wonderful exhibitions and train ride

A very well set out old gold mining town with a small steam train ride up to the diggings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nigel L
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Adelaide, Australia
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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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  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Rutherglen Rd | Paroa, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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+64 3-762 6634
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to Shantytown once before, and had a great experience and there's no doubt it's a great heritage experience, but the day we went this year, it was playing host to a major St. John's Ambulance exercise. I can understand it being a useful...More

Thank kiwizinho
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very well set out old gold mining town with a small steam train ride up to the diggings. Chinatown is the most interesting display as it depicts the hardships the Chinese went through in a very foreign country.

Thank Nigel L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is great for families with young kids. The steam train was a great experience but wasn't long enough. The best bit was the gold panning at the end, although it is extra to do the gold panning and for the small amount of gold...More

1  Thank kylie p
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though it was raining we walked around the old shops, had a coffee in the cafe. The old hospital is very impressive

Thank kandeb2016
Reviewed September 12, 2017

We went on a Monday and with not many people there we got many good photos. The staff on the train were very friendly and an asset to this fine attraction.

Thank Gavin P
Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

Shantytown is definitely worth a visit. Well set out with lots to see and do. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We were there for just short of 4 hrs. The highlight for our kids was the gold panning.

1  Thank salbern
Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

Really authentic reproduction of life in NZ 150 years ago. Much thought and time has been spent on this recreation - we spent almost 4 hours there and might have stayed longer if we hadn't got other places we really wanted to see.

Thank Linda J
Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Hi Linda, Thanks for leaving us a review. It's heart-warming when we receive feedback recognising the hard work we've put into our Museum to keep it interesting, fun and relevant. We hope the rest of your trip went well.

Reviewed July 27, 2017

I notice a previous reviewer mentions it being a great special place for something like a wedding and the friend in Queenstown who suggested we drop in to Shanty had told us same. It is reasonably expensive @ Bill, me and our youngster but we...More

Thank williamjohnson1994
Shantytown, Owner at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to call into Shantytown and for leaving us a review! Great to learn we were recommended to you and you and your family had an enjoyable visit! Thanks for the recommendation! We hope the sun stayed out for the rest...More

Reviewed July 23, 2017

Joined in the wedding celebrations of our friends sons wedding at the Shantytown Hall - what a great venue - very well laid out and amazing catering - will be a wedding we will not forget. A great day for all concerned.More

Thank Brynkoru
Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Hi there, I think it might be our first review on our Conference and Events service so thank you!! We're very pleased to receive your feedback. Our Miner's Hall is a very special event space especially for weddings. It was a pleasure to host your...More

Reviewed July 19, 2017

$33 per adult is an absolute rip off and you wonder what this actually buys you as you still pay $7 if you want to do some gold panning or god knows how much if you wanted to take your picture in old heritage dress...More

1  Thank Theorchardist
Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Hello. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry to learn your visit to Shantytown didn't meet your expectations but we're glad to hear your kids enjoyed the gold panning! I wish we had gold nuggets to give away!! The alluvial...More

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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.
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vickie413
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.
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