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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel, New Zealand
07 8668 703
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Railroads
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Western Australia, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Lovely scenery of the Coromandel area and the islands in front, great long slow ride all the way near the top, and what a view!! On a sunny day would be picture perfect! We red about it and couldn't wait to go. My son was so excited he truly enjoyed and so did we. The native forest is so green... More

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Garner, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This narrow gauge train ride includes tunnels, a doubledecker viaduct and multiple bridges. It stemmed from a need to move pottery clay and pine wood for a kiln by Barry Brickell. He has also been instrumental in re-planting his land with Kauri and other native plants. The ride is about one hour. There is a small gallery and a walk... More

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Rotorua
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This has been around a long time; I first went 18 years ago and thought it was magnificent then with the quaint narrow gauge train that internationally renowned potter Barry Brickell initially used to go and get his clay supplies from. The train tracks now travel the fiull length of the property, giving a bird eye view of the beauty... More

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Melbourne Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I had the chance to travel on the Driving Creek Railway and was very impressed at the knowledge the staff had. The journey up the hill is great. You virtually go through rain forest and bush. you get great views of the Coromandel. it is reasonable priced. A great museum atmosphere is experienced at the rail depot with lots of... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I had been on this train in 1993, when I was staying near Coromandel for a couple of months. Remembered it as a great day, and decided it would make a great birthday treat for my husband. It's even better 20 years on, has doubled in length and drama. From the top you get great views to the top of... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is an excellent activity for anyone interested in viewing the great scenery of the Coromandel and the wonderful story of the founder of DCR. The views at the top are magnificent on a clear day and you could see out to Waiheke island. The ride isnt to long so our kids were enthralled for the whole ride and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My friend and I from the South Island had our first visit to Barry Brickell's Railway and Pottery. It was in the middle of winter and a little chilly and raining. This made no difference to us and the many other visitors, and the experience quite blew us away. How could one man have the vision and strength to build... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We didn't know what to expect but this train ride was fantastic. Wears traveling with our one year old so choosing activities that are family friendly has been tricky but this was great fun for all of us. The view from the top was amazing. Even with the odd rain shower it was still worth it. The information that Pail... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Perhaps because the idea of riding a miniature train doesn't seem like the most grown-up of activities, we weren't really sure what to expect but heeded local advice that this is one of Coromandel's 'must do' attractions. The Driving Creek Railway is a wonderful ride with all sorts of interesting sights fighting for your attention. Our Guide was very friendly... More

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Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a must view for kiwis and visitors alike .Unique, Great stories and awesome engineering feats .Trees , trees and birds. And just wait till you see what they have done with millions of bottles! A credit to Coromandel Town.

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