Shantytown Heritage Park
Shantytown provides a real sense of what it was like to live in New Zealand by allowing visitors to participate in and observe our country as it was.
A Recreated 1900s Pioneer Town
Shantytown is one of New Zealand’s premier cultural and heritage attractions. A faithfully recreated 1900s pioneer town, born out of, and stimulated by, the great West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s.
Shantytown, nestled amidst regenerative native rain forest provides a real sense of what it was like to live in New Zealand then and what it means to be a New Zealander now, by allowing you to be both participant and observer in this most dynamic period of its post-Maori colonisation.
Entry includes Steam Train Rides
All tickets to Shantytown include a ride on one of our two vintage steam trains. Our first train departs from the railway station at 9:45am and then at regular intervals throughout the day until 4pm.
On either the 1877 L-Class or 1896 improved F-Class Kaitangata , you will take a short trip through lush native rain forest along the Infants Creek Tram line which follows an original sawmill tram track of the 1800’s.
The 1.5 km track travels to a photo stop at the end of the line, where you will find information about saw-milling in the area and maybe see a few weka – a native NZ flightless bird
Gold Panning is Our Speciality!
Catch gold fever and pan for your own gold. Our gold panning team will tutor you to find your own piece of 'colour'. Or you can try your hand at 'wild' panning, grab a pan and haul your own shingle out of the sluice area, then pan in the ponds - try your luck, nuggets have been found in them thar hills.
Things to Know
We are open everyday from 8:30 am to 5.00 pm expect Christmas Day
Under 5's free!
Child $16.50 (5 to 17 yrs)
Single Family Pass $59.00 (1 adult with 2-4 children)
Family Pass $79.00 (2 adults & up to 4 children)
Steam Train Depature Times
Address: Rutherglen Road, Paroa, Greymouth 7805
Phone: +64 3 762 6634 or 0800 742 689 (NZ Only)
Shantytown is located at 316 Rutherglen Road, Paroa - just 10Km south of Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island.