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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 8668 703
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We went to Coromandel , off season, primarily to do the Driving Creek Railway, having seen many tourism write ups about it. Being a Friday and not best of weather we shared the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Russell Bay of Islands New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We went to Coromandel , off season, primarily to do the Driving Creek Railway, having seen many tourism write ups about it. Being a Friday and not best of weather we shared the train with just 6 or 7 others. Incredible achievement and chatty train driver made for a very pleasant experience. We met Barry Brickell briefly before the train... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Been to DCR many years ago and good to see that even in May it is going strong.We went on the smaller "Possum" train and the trip, commentary and friendly manner of the driver has not changed.The Eyefull Tower is the highlight of this 1 hour return trip and a good chance to take some photos. We had the unfortunate... More 

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Auckland
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We had heard about the Driving Creek Railway and Pottery and, as we were in the area, drove there from Thames to experience it for ourselves. Finding the site was not difficult, there was a reasonable amount of parking available and there was a lot of other people with the same idea. The shop was interesting, but Barry Brickell's private... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

An long and interesting ride through typical Coromandel bush on a gorgeous train. Chatty and informative commentary along the way-good for kids and big kids too

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Ideally there would be a rating level between average and very good as that is what I would choose. An interesting zig zag railway with a nice view at the top point. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this attraction if I wasn't already in the area.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Taken to Driving Creek Railway by Family that live in the area, and it was amazing the views are spectacular and the history of the railway is really interesting. Would recommend to people of all ages.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to go on the Driving Creek Railway. When I bought the tickets I balked a little as my immediate reaction was that they were a bit pricy....HOWEVER........after watching the video while waiting for the train - My mind was changed quickly. What has been achieved and what is being done with the money, left me... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Fascinating and inspiring story with one man basically building the entire railway in order to get materials to his pottery. Barry Brickell also dedicated his land to regenerating the native bush by planting thousands and thousands of trees. Its great to have a pocket of NZ which is as it once was. The train ride itself was fantastic with many... More 

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Burton Bradstock, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This remarkable railway and pottery is all the more amazing because it has been developed by the vision and hard work of one person, Barry Bricknell. Since starting his venture, I think in the early sixties he has been supported by volunteers. Potters come from all over New Zealand to spend time potting and stay in very simple accommodation. Hie... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Hi, this is an ideal attraction for people of all ages, from the very young to the disabled or elderly. There is disabled parking right outside the level entrance to the train departure area. There is an informative video, a small reading room, and a shop where you can purchase souvenirs or pottery pieces made by the owner of the... More 

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