Shantytown

Join us for the NZART Conference 2020

The organising committee for the NZART Conference 2020, invites you all to join us at Shantytown on the West Coast of the South Island.

The Registration Form is now available to view or download from this Link or the one above.

A new link above allows you sign up for the Conference Newsletter. Stay informed and up to date with information on the conference as they occur.
This link is to the Newsltter archive of previous versions should you have missed them.

The event will be held on Saturday 30 May – Sunday 31 May 2020 with all Conference activities at Shantytown. This venue is based approximately twelve kilometres, or fifteen minutes’, drive south of Greymouth. As Conference attendees you will have FREE access to Shantytown for the whole weekend including free train rides. Other activities such as on site gold panning are extra and not covered in your Conference registration fee.

Cost per attendee is $220.00 - for either the Full Amateur or Full Alternative Programme.

NOTE: Those with motorhomes cannot park at the Conference venue of Shantytown overnight,
and will need to make alternative arrangements for their vehicles.

For the evening meals on the Saturday and Sunday (both at Shantytown), a pickup and drop off service may be available from some accommodation locations in Greymouth. This will allow those attending to take full advantage of the hospitality on offer without having the need to drive.

NOTE: There will be an additional charge to use this service.


Main Saturday Programme

  • The NZART AGM and AREC AGM (after the NZART AGM) will both be held in the Miners Hall at Shantytown on Saturday 30 May 2020.
  • Alternative Programme

  • The Alternative Programme will leave on both days from and return to Shantytown. It is up to those attending the Conference or the Alternative Programme to make their own arrangements for travel to and from Shantytown.
  • Other AGM's Programme

  • The various other AGM’s and Forum sessions will be held on the Sunday 31 May 2020 in the rooms behind the Miners Hall.

Forums at Conference

  • The Conference Committee is looking for people who would like or be willing to run forums at the Conference on the Sunday. At previous Conferences two or three streams of forums have run at the same time. At the 2020 event, a total of four streams could be run simultaneously if sufficient people come forward to run them.

    Please contact Mark ZL2UFI via <email>.
  • Alternative Programme Contacts

  • The Conference Committee has appointed Topsy Scott ZL2LS and Karen Gooding to run the Alternative Programme. A great deal of planning has taken place and those attending the conference are advised to book early to ensure their place. There is a limited number of places due to the transport options being used, namely twelve seater minivans. We'll endeavour to cater for everyone.
  • Please contact Topsy and Karen via <email>.


Travel to the West Coast

West Coast map

The nearest airport is Hokitika (serviced by Air New Zealand), some forty kilometres or thirty five minutes’ drive south of Greymouth. The Conference Committee is NOT offering any transport service from this airport.

The TranzAlpine Express (KiwiRail) will deliver you to Greymouth from Christchurch. Local accommodation is within easy walking distance of the railway station. E.g. the Kingsgate Hotel.