Good fun for kids and young-of-heart travellers, Shantytown is a recreated 1860s gold-mining town, 10km south of Greymouth. Peer inside a church, workshops and gory hospital (shield the kids' eyes), all painstakingly crafted to evoke the spirit of the era. Take cheesy souvenir pics in period costume and try gold-panning, but the highlight is a steam-train ride into the bush (five to seven daily).
Visits take a couple of hours. Arrive before 4pm, when the last steam train chuffs into the forest.