Shantytown Heritage Park, Greymouth

3.2
#3 of 14 in Things to do in Greymouth
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. To visit Shantytown Heritage Park and get the most from your holiday in Greymouth, create itinerary details personal to you using our Greymouth trip generator.
Create an itinerary including Shantytown Heritage Park
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
442 reviews
Google
3.4
TripAdvisor
  • August 1, 2017
    Really authentic reproduction of life in NZ 150 years ago. Much thought and time has been spent on this recreation - we spent almost 4 hours there and might have stayed longer if we hadn't got other p...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    I notice a previous reviewer mentions it being a great special place for something like a wedding and the friend in Queenstown who suggested we drop in to Shanty had told us same. It is reasonably exp...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    Joined in the wedding celebrations of our friends sons wedding at the Shantytown Hall - what a great venue - very well laid out and amazing catering - will be a wedding we will not forget. A great day...  more »
Google
  • The welcome by the staff member at the entry who took our money was not to good, they had to be prompted to say hello. They did not offer us any info on the place such as there is an audio guide available if you wish etc. The cafe food choice was poor but the coffee was okay. The girl that served us in the ice cream/sweet shop was happy and cheerful. The exhibits were good and it was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Just need to work on their customer welcome.
  • Thought we'd stop there for an hour or two, enjoyed so much we spent the whole day there.
  • Visiting Shanty Town makes for a real trip down memory lane. The museum in particular with the old dental nurses chair, the iron lung in the hospital area both struck deep chords from the past.Enjoy your visit!
  • Expensive for what you get. Young children will enjoy the train ride, and mine got to ride in the engine. The demonstration of the mining water cannon was interesting. We found the staff friendly and helpful, especially the train crew.
  • It is interesting but couldn't say totally worth the ticket price

Plan your trip to Greymouth

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Greymouth

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Greymouth by other users

19 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in South Island BY A USER FROM THAILAND November, outdoors, relaxing, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Greymouth, Hanmer Springs & Christchurch BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 42 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND October, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in Greymouth BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, kids, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans