Shantytown

Only 3 kilometres from the Paroa Hotel. A must see while you stay at Paroa Hotel. Talk to us about getting a 10% discount!!

Shantytown is widely recognised as one of New Zealands 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. Its peaceful setting amongst regenerating native forest gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time, experience a range of activities and view fascinating relics from days gone by. Shantytown’s surrounds and historical theme provide a stunning backdrop for photography enthusiasts.

Shantytown’s newest feature is a unique bush saw mill experience – telling the story of milling on the Coast in an innovative way using audio visual techniques. Visitors follow a boardwalk through the heart of the mill – which appears to be working, to an interpretation area and hear typical “yarns” between workers in the deserted “smoko” room.

Other highlights include riding the steam train, gold panning, and having an old time portrait taken as a memento of your visit. Everybody’s Tearooms and the Golden Nugget Saloon provide for your refreshment.

Shantytown is a “must-do” activity while visiting the West Coast. The attraction offers generous family pass rates and a concession for seniors making it accessible for everyone.

Shantytown is open EVERY day from 8.30am to 5.00pm (except Christmas Day).

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