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The West Coast.Pioneers by nature.

Covid vaccine is NOT required for visitors!

Please continue to wear a face covering indoors if you are aged 12 years or over. This includes when entering Shantytown and while riding our heritage trains. 
We continue to have hand sanitiser available and encourage its use.  If you at all feel under the weather, please postpone your visit.

Winter Opening Hours: 10am-3pm.  

Train Timetable:  11:00am, 12:30pm 
 & 2:00pm  

Incredible West Coast Package!

Only $399 Per Person

Enjoy relaxing nights of 4-Star accommodation at:

– Hotel Lake Brunner soaking up gorgeous lake views.

– Beachfront Hotel Hokitika in a Luxury Ocean View Room.

– Rainforest Retreat Franz Josef within your own Tree Lodge.

Then fill in the daylight hours with four great activities:

– A visit to the pioneer era at Shantytown Heritage Park.
– Entry to the canopy touching West Coast Treetop Walk & Cafe.
– Helicopter flight over Franz Josef glacier with HeliServices.NZ.
– See live kiwi & tuatara at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.

Shantytown Sawmill


We recommend you allow at least 90 minutes to experience our award-winning attractions. 

Events And Weddings

Shantytown Heritage Park is home to the West Coast Events Centre – ideal for hosting small, intimate meetings up to large corporate events of up to 600 delegates. READ MORE…

A wedding at Shantytown is like no other. Private bush clad location, authentic historic church, full on-site catering and support, while stunning photo opportunities abound. READ MORE…

Shanty Town


We provide hands on and active learning programmes for students aged 5-18. Our Centre offers a broad range of programmes covering all areas of the curriculum, suitable for most topic areas. If we don’t have anything you are looking for we will endeavour to create a programme which suits your learning intentions. READ MORE…
Fearful Floods

Shantytown is conveniently located between the West Coast’s major towns, Greymouth and Hokitika – just 3kms off the main highway (SH6).

Lolly Shop