Shantytown Heritage Park, Greymouth

3.5
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Although it was raining on the day of our visit it just added to the experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk around Shantytown. It has well presented displays and provides a good brief on the gold.....  more »
  • Shantytown should be on the “to do” list of every visitor to the Greymouth area. There is so much to see and do and enjoy for all ages, from a steam train ride, to gold panning, to a history of the...  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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