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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-866 8703
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Barry Brickell (artist, engineer and conservationist) took 35 years to...

Barry Brickell (artist, engineer and conservationist) took 35 years to build this amazing switch-back railway. Rail cars climb the mountain to the 'Eyeful Tower' with magnificent views over Coromandel town, the harbour and across to Auckland in the distance. The one hour return journey incorporates superb engineering and unique art features in a replanted forest setting.

Back at the station watch the DVD about Barry and the railway.

Enjoy a walk in the sculpture garden followed by a bush walk in the NZ wildlife sanctuary.

Pottery, souvenirs, mini-bricks, the DVD and books are available in our craft shop.

Peruse the Art Gallery next door exhibiting pieces from Barry Brickell's personal art collection. (by donation).

We are pleased to welcome back children under 5 years old. Seat restrictions apply so please phone to book.

Tours Times: 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm DAILY. During busy days we may run additional tours at 9am, 4.30pm and 5.45pm (subject to demand)

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We rode on the train the day of the memorial for Barry Bricknell who had built the rail track and planted over 9000 kauri trees as part of his scheme for improvement of the... read more

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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We rode on the train the day of the memorial for Barry Bricknell who had built the rail track and planted over 9000 kauri trees as part of his scheme for improvement of the environment. The funeral had taken place the day before and we were able to see where he was buried - a very appropriate resting place. Of... More 

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Thank Laura N
england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked on the 10:15 train but arrived early as we had been informed about the video that is shown informing guests about the history of this place 0 definitely worth a watch. The train is narrow gauge and takes about 1 1/4 hours to complete the round trip through the forest in a series of zig zags and spirals... More 

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Hull. England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The journey lasts 1 hour up steep climbs. 2 trains are on the track at a time so the trains come to a halt the driver gets out changes the points, reverses and continues on his way. The lookout at the top gives fantastic views but is a steep walk up a few flights of stairs on arrival.There are sculptures... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's relaxing and cozy, good for families and history lovers. You get a nice view from the top. Sadly you drive the same way down, which was less exciting. It looks a bit like a set up and less authentic.

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Thank MikkelMa
Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a trip on this stunning feat of achievement. Narrow gauge railway built by one man, by hand. Incredible. Great way to see some of the most beautiful sights. Unfortunately two days before we actually did the trip, the man who designed and built the railway, Barry, died. He was buried the day before our tour, and what we really... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the trip. I am often sceptical about this sort of attraction, but the ingenuity and hard work of Barry made all the more interesting

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dorset England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the railway itself is fun and its background interesting. its well organised, though a little out of the way, being near the tip of the coromandel peninsular. however, get there by the outrageously beautiful 'road 309' (309 bends!) and have lunch in Coromandel town - one of the few quaintly beautiful towns in New Zealand! you could also stop at... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unbelievable dedication, determination & passion from one man made this attraction possible, with a little help from his friends too. Everything built from the ground up, everything built by hand & recycled stuff used everywhere. Great to see & experience this hand made narrow gauge railway. Fun day out for families, the elderly & couples. One hour train trip with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the most fun adventures i've had It starts off with an amazing tram ride around the mountain with an amazing view of New Zealand's very own greenery topped off with an amazing view at the top

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Surrey, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The features on this narrow gauge railway kept the children engaged, following our progress on the map. Eyefull tower provided superb views, and the driver gave an interesting talk on the history of the railway line.

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