Just a short drive from Greymouth is the heritage park of Shanty Town.
Here you can Ride the Steam Train, Pan for Gold, Watch a Holographic Show, Walk through China Town, Get and Old Time Photo, Eat at King Dick’s Cafe and Play at the Park. Oh, and of course you can get a cat to give you a tour of the museum…
We started off our visit at King Dick’s Cafe for breakfast before heading off to explore the town.
There were toys for both Roland and Scarlet to play with.
We had some time to explore before catching the next steam train.
While Dan watched the Holographic movie, Roland, Scarlet and I found ourselves a tour guide.
This is Mr……I can’t remember. He is the resident cat of the town and he also runs the joint. He truly did take us on a tour. We followed him to several buildings.
Surveyors, police, blacksmith, robbers, all types of people. Some did well and some, unfortunately, did not make it at all. You can learn about many of these stories around Shantytown.
Here are some great examples of Old Time Medicine. How far we have come.
We caught the 11:00 train that took us on a short trip with the opportunity to pan for gold.
Much like Canada and the US, New Zealand also has a long history with the Chinese and mining work.
I had some trouble with Roland and Dan so I decided to try out the disciplinary teachings of the period.
Things are getting serious now. They still won’t behave so I will just have to put them in irons.
Here Roland is trying to help poor Daddy who has been thrown in the stock. He can’t quite reach as he is at the end of his ball and chain.
There is quite a lot to see and do here in Shantytown and we easily could have spent the whole day. Roland, however, was tuckered out and it was time for a nap/drive to the next spot.