Fodor's Expert Review Shantytown Heritage Park

Greymouth Mine

On the southern outskirts of Greymouth is this lively, in-your-face reenactment of an industrial town of the 1880s. This is how the settlers who stayed on after gold rush days would have lived—minus the electricity, running water, and paved entry road. It was all about steam in them thar days as you'll discover. (There's even an official '"Steam School" here, teaching how to drive steam-driven engines.) Except for the church and the town hall, most of the buildings are reproductions, including a jail, a blacksmith shop, a railway station, and Chinatown. Gold-digging displays include a giant water jet for blasting the gold-bearing rock and soil from the hillside, water races, and a stamper—battery-powered by a 30-foot waterwheel—for crushing the ore. You can pan for gold for a very good chance of striking "color." Travel along an old bush tramline on a bone fide steam train (four trips daily) and check out other heritage trains. Watch a 3-D holographic show in an old parlor/theater.... READ MORE

On the southern outskirts of Greymouth is this lively, in-your-face reenactment of an industrial town of the 1880s. This is how the settlers who stayed on after gold rush days would have lived—minus the electricity, running water, and paved entry road. It was all about steam in them thar days as you'll discover. (There's even an official '"Steam School" here, teaching how to drive steam-driven engines.) Except for the church and the town hall, most of the buildings are reproductions, including a jail, a blacksmith shop, a railway station, and Chinatown. Gold-digging displays include a giant water jet for blasting the gold-bearing rock and soil from the hillside, water races, and a stamper—battery-powered by a 30-foot waterwheel—for crushing the ore. You can pan for gold for a very good chance of striking "color." Travel along an old bush tramline on a bone fide steam train (four trips daily) and check out other heritage trains. Watch a 3-D holographic show in an old parlor/theater. See why a foundry was so important via an interactive display created with the help of the movie design gurus Weta. Take a break in the café, or share a picnic on the shady lawns then go back for more.

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Quick Facts

310 Rutherglen Rd.
Greymouth, West Coast  7805, New Zealand

03-762–6634

www.shantytown.co.nz

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: NZ$33, train included

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