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Greymouth - Shantytown


Step back in time. See a fascinating mix of exhibits & interactive activities in a recreated 1900's gold-rush village. A perfect "must do " family attraction.

Step back in time and discover legendary stories of pioneer West Coasters through a fascinating mix of exhibits & interactive activities in a recreated 1900's gold-rush village.

Ride the steam train through native rainforest, experience the sights and sounds of a working sawmill, watch the sluice gun blast gold bearing rock and soil from the earth, then follow the races to the gold claim and pan for your own gold, a strike is guaranteed! Old time photographs and a holographic theatre show are just some of the other activities available.

With over 30 shops and buildings to explore whatever the weather you're guaranteed a great time at Shantytown Heritage Park.

Licensed onsite café and bar.

Only 10 kms south of Greymouth - well sign posted off SH6

A true New Zealand "must do" attraction!

Adult $36.00
Child $18.50 (5-15 years old)


  • Rutherglen Road, Paroa, Greymouth 7805


  • Open Hours: 10:00am to 3:00pm

    Child under 5 years old are free.

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Ruth Blackett from New Zealand wrote on 02 June 2021


We had a wonderful time at Shantytown. The whole complex was amazing, so well presented. The staff for us were the highlight, friendly informative and full of laughter and fun. We spent the whole day there and recommend it to any age.

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dalew2 from New Zealand wrote on 04 November 2020

2020 Roadie

Loved the history and appreciate all the work that goes in to keep this piece of history alive.

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Phil Mitchell from New Zealand wrote on 27 September 2020

A good day out

Surprisingly good. Bit of patience needed whilst panning for gold so for the highly strung it’s a good lesson. Awesome old joker helped our strung number out with SUCCESS!! Everyone was a winner. Food good value and wonderful service all round. Worth the visit.

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lillianv from New Zealand wrote on 27 July 2020

This is amazing !

This was bigger then expected! When you enter you feel like this is it, but then you hop on the train and there’s so much more. I love how they recreated this, it’s awesome ! I highly recommend this if you love the learn about history !

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Sharleyne from New Zealand wrote on 16 July 2020

In days of old

A fabulous step back in time. The train trip was a real treat and the hologram theatre is just the cutest. The hospital is plain scary but makes you realise how far we've advanced in medical procedures, thankfully. I had picked up a souvenir book on Shantytown I had found at a garage sale and it had heaps of information about most of the buildings. I was pleased I had bought it. Only one downside was the old time photo was dbl booked and even though we arrived early, the person running it had decided to take a family over us. I was really disappointed.

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