Shantytown Heritage Park, Greymouth

3.5
#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in West Coast Region
Travel back to New Zealand's pioneering past at Shantytown Heritage Park, a recreated 19th century gold mining town. Ride the chuffing steam train through the bush and along the route of the original settlement's tram track. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a saw mill, try panning for gold, and dress up in 19th-century attire for an old-time photo. Friendly volunteers staff the town and accompanying museum, providing information about the region's rich history. The onside cafe offers light snacks and full meals. You can plan Greymouth trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • The place was not busy and it was a rainy day but there was no energy at the place. The train ride and talking to the engineer was fun and the best building was the church.  more »
  • Great little park to learn the history of the west coast of New Zealands south island. Shaped into a small town the builldings comprise a large range of shops you would expect to see in such a frontie...  more »
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  • A tourist trap, plain and simple. The atmosphere is depressing and the staff don't seem particularly invested. Don't waste your money on gold panning: it is done in still water troughs (meaning gold is likely placed there) instead of the running river. Only three buildings are original. There are not really any trade demonstrations or activities other than the train ride, so you just wander around the town and look at the 'shops'.
  • Cool experience! A lot of information and details about the life in the area from the 1860s The train ride is also very nice I would recommend the visit!
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