New Zealand

Shantytown Heritage Park

Location:West Coast & Glacier Country

Shantytown is widely recognised as one of New Zealand's leading culture and heritage attractions. Over 30 historic buildings make up the recreated 19th Century pioneer town, inspired by the West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s. Set on 500 acres of native rainforest, the town and surrounding buildings consists of 30 shops and buildings to explore.

Shantytown activities

  • Ride the Steam Train
  • Pan For Your Own Gold
  • Watch the Holographic Show
  • Experience The Sawmill
  • Discover Chinatown
  • Get An Old Time Photo
  • Explore the Village
  • King Dick's Cafe
  • Foundry Experience

Children are also well catered for at Shantytown with - Flying fox (zip wire) playground, Treasure hunts to complete (available for Reuben Waite's General Store), Bush walks and The Beehive packed with delicious old fashioned lollies (including the famous Remarkables Sweet Shop range).

We recommend at least 1.5 hours to fully appreciate all of the attractions and activities that are available at Shantytown.

Opening hours:

  • Open everyday 8:30am to 5.00pm (Closed Christmas Day only)
  • First Steam Train leaves the Shantytown Railway station at 9:45 am last train leaves at 4pm. Extra train trips may operate.

Entry includes - Steam Train Rides, sluice gun demonstration (when available) and Holographic Theatre Show.

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