Shantytown Heritage Park

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Justine

Ranking: 9/10

Arrived for opening.... went on the train, panned for gold and saw all the places... loads of interesting history and learnt things which was a bonus.
went to have a photo and lunch but could not find staff and the photo place was not available.
three hours later we emerged.... still could have spent more time reading and exploring but we were hungry.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Jozef Pinkerton

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Good fun afternoon. A bit of a ghost town but fun nevertheless. Staff were friendly and the train ride was cool.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sven Fimne

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice town to learn a lot about the history of the area. Did also gold panning.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Sammy Kerrod

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Iconic kiwi activity with hilarious local staff. Very well kept grounds with lots of interesting history = steam train is a must do! Well priced cafe with generous portions.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jasmin Krause

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice and old, maybe less money would make it more attractive.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Gesche

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice to see the historic buildings and replicas. Not well maintained though.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Michael Busching

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very lovely place, it is a rebuild of a little town during the gold rush. They even have an old train and you can search for gold (an extra $7).

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ben and Pauline

France

Ranking: 7/10

Good experience with the steam loco (train) and the old village but a little bit expensive.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Martin Bakker

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Authentic, iconic image of the time of the settlers and the goldrush. Worth the money and worthy of your support.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Kristina Farkas

Hungary

Ranking: 10/10

Nicely designed area with old houses, interesting information and it is interactive.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Saskia

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice and informative museum. We were expecting some adventure park and were positively surprised. Also nice with children.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

It was really made.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Patricia Revel

France

Ranking: 9/10

A lot of houses are not original, but the information on display tells a lot about the gold rush period.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Mirjam Betschart

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

If you can wash your gold somewhere else - I would not recommend it.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marinette

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

It was okay but for me not so special for the price.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jacqui Knight

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of fun. Our 3 and 5 year old sons were running around in excitement for a solid 4 hours. The steam train and the hollogram movie and glow in the dark rocks were a real highlight.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Derek Knight

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I loved this and so did our kids. We found it very easy to spend 4 hours there. Tip-the AA travel guide has a 20% coupon in it for Shantytown. The guides are free in info centres.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Norman UK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well thought out period museum - gold panning and steam train rides.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Hazel & Alan Damerell

England

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful insight into that period of history.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Richard & Jane

England

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting, stayed for about three hours, food a bit expensive in the cafe.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Sabine & Stefan

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice museum - like old town with steam train ride and gold digging. Prices for entry rather high, gold digging extra charge.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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sandytemp22

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We ended up staying in Greymouth for 5 days! as the area had so much interesting stuff to do and this was one of them. Its an 1860's gold rush town made up from buildings rescued from ghost towns on the West Coast. There is steam train called the Climax which takes you on a shortish ride through the rainforest to an early sawmill experience. I enjoyed the gold panning and even found some gold at the area where you dig for yourself. This was a laid back experience where yo could stop and talk to the locals who staffed it, they were enthusiasts and many had their families as pioneers in the area so we got to hear the history first hand so to speak. What those early gold miners had to put up with was amazing. Well worth half a day and good value for money. The whole area has plenty to do and see that doesnt cost anything as well and the locals were very helpful in telling how to get to the various places. You can cook your dinner on a bonfire on the beach as well. It was great.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Des & Ann Bidwell

England

Ranking: 10/10

Very good but not cheap and extra money charged for gold panning. Train and wood mill very good, displays very good.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ray Coombe

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Well-presented history with authentic buildings and memorabilia. Excellent audio visual using superb technology and good scripting. We arrived late in the day and were given a discount - many thanks.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Therea

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent day out. Spent 5 hours there easy. Lots to do, very interesting, staff very pleasant. Enjoyed the gold panning.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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B Kleven

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

So expensive for what we got to see.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Michaela Strohmarer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mike and Diane Baker

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Shanty town was worth it, great to go back in time.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Schlaepfer

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

It is a nice museum, but it is not cheap.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

The experience weel worth admission price. Friendly staff, even on a public holiday.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Jackie Morris

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Worth a visit, lots to see and do.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Friedli Manuela

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting crafts, informative. $29PP bit too much.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Polil

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting historical town! You can have a lot of experience!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Pam & Norman

England

Ranking: 8/10

Very good historic site.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Chung Family

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Shantytown was very good you can learn how to pan for gold. There is lots of attractions and it is very authentic.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Don Morgan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Train ride, gold panning and much more. An excellent day out for young families , low cost and a lot of fun.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Beverly B

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

A replica of a goldmining town + well worth a visit. Gold panning, shops, old church, school hospital etc but at times water proof coats + gum boots are required. Situated in a heavy rain area but well worth a visit. We have been several times + always enjoyed it.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Rod C

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent, get an oldtime photo of the family memories of a lifetime & reasonably priced too $30

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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chubby69

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Was cold and wet the day we were there but thatmeantless peopl. goldpanning and train ride good. sawmill had alot of excellent stuuf to read.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in August 2008

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Armand

France

Ranking: 9/10

Nicely done, a lot of effort put in creating an ambience.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Anne Fri

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

We forgot a hat in the park. They will send it to us - we are really greatfull for that.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Janny Meerdinnk Veldboow

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice to be there, make it bigger. More is possible.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Yssel de Schepper

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

We came too late but liked it.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Schygulla

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice rebuilding.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Ann Grandchamp

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

A little expensive ($25) for what it is. Only 3-4 people wearing traditional costume. Very informative and interesting and complete.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Nadine Schaee

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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niekv

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

A goldmining town from the 1860s. Fun to see but a bit expensive for $25 pp.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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chessum

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastically done. Could imagine ourselves living in that little town in the mid 1800's.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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OdiliaF

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of us, the drive with the railway was nice.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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kindel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Positive - The give informations in German.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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AndyEngland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Good fun, expecially gold panning for children some more backround information would have added the interest for all. Expecially adults.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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NikkiB1

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful place and reconstructions superb. Great inside into early settler life on westcoast.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Dirk

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place, good museum, especially hospital.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Jean

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

Very contrived & unreal.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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CateNetherlands

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

Simple; Compared with European museum (antiques) Quite poor.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Ludolph

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

They should have more activities and maybe perform little dances in the bar.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Sanne

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Great for the children.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Jurg Meister

Switzerland

Ranking: 6/10

The ride with the train was not that funny.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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April

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place very friendly staff, we got to dress up and have our photo take at the golden nugget saloon, would highly reccomend it!! loads of fun :)

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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peters

Ranking: 7/10

Quite a good look at how the early settlers lived. Gold panning and being able to keep a flake of gold in a little vial was a big hit in our family. Not a great attraction to take kids under 8 to as there is a lot of reading on information cards to do and they soon lose interest. The whole town is a museum really.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Pam

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Not enough history - need a museum to make it understandable.

Reviewed over 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007