Shantytown Heritage Park
Shantytown Heritage Park
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jan R
    206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Food for Business Event
    Fabulous event for our industry function. Was more about the food though. Been here a few times over the years for various events but this one really stood out. The food was exceptional. Staff were friendly and efficient too. Thanks team - well done.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Christina C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trains!!!
    We spent basically the whole day here, there was so much to look at! The staff were very friendly, especially the train driver who even let us ride in the cab. It's a shame the steam engine wasn't running, but that just means we'll have to come back another time!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 December 2023
  • GPM NZ
    Ashburton, New Zealand42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative
    We thought it would be a quick outing and we spent 5hrs there. Soo much history to see and read about. Lovely experience. A must is the old time photos, a lot of fun. Everybody was really friendly, The only negative was one lady at the cafe who was fairly rude, service was slow for the few people there. All out a great experience.
    Thank you for your feedback Global What an outstanding length of time you spent here. There is a lot to see and we are always happy when people leave having experienced just a little bit of the West Coast history. Sorry to hear about your observation of the cafe though. This is disappointing.
    Written 7 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 December 2023
  • Paul Hartog
    Hamilton, New Zealand76 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shantytown Greymouth
    A lot of potential but a rather sad experience. Slot of the audio experiences were not operating and the visual experiences on the tv’s were not available. Don’t believe it was value for money and the experience needs a bit of work. The train ride experience could be made alot more interesting and informative, rather than everyone just sitting there in the coach. Sorry guys.
    We're sorry too. The only experience not operating is the theatre (and its fix is underway) and the 2 story Coronation Hall. This has had an extensive outside restoration but we've yet to start on the inside. This a winter job for staff. I've checked the 'tv's' and all are running (sawmill, saloon, vintage car clubroom and foundry) There is an audio experience in each of the train carriages which covers the key aspects of operating a heritage train, and the history of the line it runs on including the sawmill and gold claim. Perhaps you were expecting a guard in each carriage to be providing a running commentary to all passengers? We've opted for the audio commentary so all passengers have the same experience each trip
    Written 31 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Rae K
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could do with sprucing up!
    I love this type of historical attraction normally but this one is looking a little tired and uncared-for. Many of the audio recordings did not trigger on approach - those that did were interesting though. Not all buildings were open to view. Only the little train and the refreshment outlet were staffed and I feel the experience would be better if there were knowledgeable persons to engage with.
    Hmmmm, only one building was not open to view - the 1903 Coronation Hall which is part way through a significant restoration. I'm struggling to understand out why you felt only the train and cafe were staffed, as the entry, Beehive sweet and ice-cream store, Saloon and Old time photos are staffed daily, not to mention the Gold claim. Of course our educators who work out of the school, aren't back on deck in the public arena until schools are back this week Privately owned buildings such as the West Coast Gem & Mineral Hall, the West Coast Vintage Car Club rooms and the Masonic Lodge are only populated when those clubs meet and/or Shantytown organises community days .
    Written 31 January 2024
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    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
  • NickyP54
    Bargara, Australia1,489 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Felt a bit conned
    Wanted to love this place a bit more but overall felt a bit conned. Entry is relatively expensive in relation to the actual experience. Yes, the site is extensive, there are genuine heritage items on display and some interesting storyboards. However, only three of the township buildings are original, many of the advertised additional attractions were not operational at the time of our visit and the train was a diesel loco, as opposed to steam. We still took the ride on it, although we opted out of the gold panning. Yes, it's fun for kids and it does lend a historical nod to the local Chinese-driven goldrush, but overall it unfortunately presents itself as a rather tacky visitor experience.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2024
  • Pam M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time Travel
    I last visited Shantytown as a young child and loved it then. So when my partner and I planned a road trip to the South Island I had to make Shantytown a must visit. I was not disappointed. It was everything I remembered and more. The little town was alive with all the history I remembered. You could see how folk lived and worked in the harsh conditions of the West Coast town in the gold rush error. It was also nice to see some things haven't changed, ie; The Bank of New Zealand, Hannah's Shoes Store and some items used today still have the same labels on them. I would thoroughly recommend Shantytown Heritage Park as a must visit. Pam
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2024
  • Notable Tours NZ
    Wellington, New Zealand48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Notable experience!
    Our Notable Tours group of 45 loved it here. Staff were so welcoming and helpful right from the start. The train ride with informative drivers, gold panning etc. were well-patronised activities. Highlight was the buffet dinner in the saloon - brilliant!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 26 June 2024
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,044 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had some available time before our train left for Christchurch and decided to stop for a visit. We were not really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be an enjoyable couple hours. The site is nicely done. We started by boarding the train for a short trip. When we stopped, the conductor answered our questions about the steam train. We were returning by foot and stopped along the way to view the placards on the history of logging and gold mining. You have the option of panning for gold (fee involved) as well. When you return you can walk through the recreated town that contains some shops that have exhibits. The other buildings were mainly just storefronts. There is a lookout that you can walk to which takes about 5 minutes one-way. At the top you can view the entire town below. They have a large café on site but the gift shop only has some postcards and shirts.
Written 19 April 2020
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adwadw
NZ68 contributions
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May 2021
I am usually pleasantly surprised by our experiences when travelling in NZ but not this time unfortunately.

I'd been to Shantytown before when I was a child and was looking forward to the experience but found it expensive (I think we paid $35 a ticket) and rather sad.

There was a tour group going through (ironically connected to NZ Tourism) which meant we couldn't do the gold panning, it was exclusive to them, nor could we use the cafe (they said they were closing but were open if you were with the group - it was 40 minutes to the advertised closing time.)

If you're going to limit activities due to another group, then let people know and discount your ticket price.
Written 3 January 2022
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Thanks for this review. And thanks for travelling in a year when things were pretty bleak. It's not our policy to exclude anyone from the gold-panning experience. All gold staff have been re-advised on this, and we hope your feedback will ensure that future trips are enjoyable and accessible for everyone. The cafe does close a little earlier than the main park daily. But again, that shouldn't be based on a segregation factor. We have also followed this up since your review was submitted. Regards, Shantytown.
Written 12 January 2023
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AndyTraveler_11
Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I wanted to take my children here to see the way of life for our pioneering fore-fathers and it was a fantastic experience. The children really enjoyed it, the steam train being one of the most favoured times. Looking through all the shops and buildings was an awesome education and the memories of some things even from 20-30 years ago was amusing to tell my children about. It's well worth a visit and the food & drinks in the restaurant and saloon are very good & reasonably priced too.
Written 15 January 2020
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CPACHIC
Boston, MA37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We went early in the day as the park opened. There were very few people in the park which led to very little energy or animation. On top of that, a couple of the attractions were not open (movie and photos). Others that were open had staff in them vacuuming (kinda takes away from the old-timey-ness). The steam train was very interesting although it would have been better with an audio track. The church and old schoolhouse were also interesting as they are original to the period. I gave it average because it's advertised as "living history". There is nothing interactive (except gold-panning which is extra) and all exhibits are static. Maybe more is going on during holidays. Shantytown was so highly recommended by the B&B owner where we stayed and it's unfortunate it did not live up to the billing.
Written 25 March 2020
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Rose Y
Auckland, New Zealand108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
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 old sawmill, to many old type buildings filled with implements and utensils from decades gone by.
A map is given to visitors and it’s possible to download an audio tour on your phone.
Snacks, light meals and drinks are available, with inside and outside seating.
At an extra cost, visitors can dress in period costume and have photos taken and printed...this was so much fun.
If possible, allow at least 3 hours, and up to 5 hours, to be able to fully enjoy this wonderful venue.
Very highly recommended for all ages and interests.
Written 12 September 2020
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3Bubs3
Blenheim, New Zealand115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Allow 90min they said... we spent five hours! We are a family that enjoys reading all the displays and doing all the things, and so we did! Gold panning was a highlight and we can highly recommend the Welshman's (loaded) wedges from King Dicks Cafe.
Unfortunately on the day the sluice gun, heritage photos and holographic show were all unavailable. The park could use a cash injection to bring it back to former glory and make it great. I would love to have seen more displays or even volunteers explaining the old time technology on show as I expect many people might not come with a prior understanding of a telephone exchange, printing press, or butter churn etc. It was also notable that Māori featured very little anywhere in the park. We enjoyed the Chinese village and love that they had the displays translated.
Overall we had a fabulous day and would recommend this to families interested in kiwi history! A bit of fun.
Written 10 April 2023
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Thanks 3Bubs3. We had several technological and mother nature things happening over Easter weekend but phew!!!! the sluice is back up and running, and we are working behind the scenes on the computer systems for the holographic theatre. So stoked you spent so long at the Park and had a fabulous day
Written 12 April 2023
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mary m
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We recently attended our son’s wedding reception held here. The staff,venue and food were fantastic. We hope to return in the future to explore the history and exhibits which looked very interesting. It seems to be an ideal place to visit with children.
Written 13 January 2020
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KiwiTravellers18
Cambridge, New Zealand58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Another fairly pricey attraction but it is very enjoyable. Sadly the trains weren't running on the day we were there, sad we missed out on that. Restaurant could do with some updating of the menu. Staff were friendly and helpful, and the whole attraction is a good way to learn about the fascinating history of the area.
Written 11 January 2020
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waynehannah2018
Christchurch, New Zealand49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
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 mining era. I would visit here again. Best suited to young kids and adults.
Written 17 September 2020
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Peekaboo
456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
Excellent little tourist attraction. This place is really well set up, maintained and gives a real insight into the years of the gold rush and logging and how these people lived. We would have stayed another few hours if we had the time as it is so interesting. A must see tourist spot if you are in this area.
Written 22 July 2020
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