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Shantytown Heritage Park Experience

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    Visit: Shantytown Heritage Park, Rutherglen Rd Paroa, Greymouth 7805 New Zealand

    Shantytown is conveniently located between the West Coast's major towns Greymouth and Hokitika - just 3kms off the main highway (SH6)

    Open Daily  8.30am - 5pm (expect Christmas Day) We recommend you allow at least 90 minutes for the full Shantytown experience.

    On arrival you will be provided with a self guide visitors map - we offer these in 10 different languages so please ask at the ticketing office if we can provide your made in your preferred language.

    To make the most of your visit please note the steam train departure times and plan your time at Shantytown around this.

    9.45am 10.45am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4pm

    Please note that during the low season the 10.45am and 3.15pm train may not run.

    Learn the art of Gold Panning! Our highly experience gold claim staff will show you the techniques and tips on how to pan for gold. The gold panning experience is $7.00 per pan and can be purchased at the Shantytown Gold Claim - A strike is guaranteed! 

    Onsite facilities include:

    • Cafe

    • Public Toilets

    • Licensed Bar

    • Post Office Services

    • Playground

    • Native Bushwalks

    • Sourvineers

    • Full conference, Weddings and Event Facilities
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    Reviewed June 12, 2019 via mobile

    Interesting to learn about the gold mines and a good depiction of how it use to look. Worth a visit.

    Thank NZscot96
    Reviewed May 12, 2019

    We took grandkids here for a visit and it was fantastic for our younger grandkids. We went on the steam train and both guys were very friendly and it was great fun. Very helpful gentleman showed the kids how to pan for gold and they...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank 244paulrouse
    Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2019

    Hi Paulrouse. It was really nice to read about your wonderful family visit to Shantytown. Thank you for the recommendation, we agree, Shantytown is a fascinating place for all ages!

    Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

    Shanty town is a replica gold mining town complete with steam train and the opportunity to pan for gold. Though not cheap to get into we found it very interesting and spent a couple of hours there. There were however a couple of things that...More

    1  Thank Rangingmummy
    Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2019

    Thank for visiting, we're very pleased to hear you and your family spent a couple of hours exploring Shantytown! We're sorry to hear of your gold panning experience, we'll have a chat with the team on this one. We have four toilet blocks spread across...More

    Reviewed April 23, 2019

    This place hasn't changed much since I came here about 15 years ago. (It has no atmosphere and needs some input.) Lady at the desk that took our money never smiled once and didn't engage in conversation with us at all.More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Trevor S
    Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2019

    Hi Trevor. Thanks for your review. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service and we apologise we didn't live up to this expectation on your visit. I'm proud to confirm there has been over $2.5m worth of redevelopment projects completed within the park between...More

    Reviewed April 23, 2019

    Enjoyed looking at the old buildings and displays. Morning tea at King Dick's café was excellent and for $2 you can buy a bag a boiled lollies which are superb. Plenty of parking and had an enjoyable couple of hours walking around displays.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank DavoQJ999
    Shantytown, Manager at Shantytown Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2019

    Hi DaveQ. Thanks visiting Shantytown. We hope you enjoyed your old-time boiled lollies! The raspberry and acid drops are a crowd favourite!

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