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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 12 attractions in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Railroads
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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NZ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a great attractions. I have been many years ago but it has changed a lot since then! It had great views from the top at the Eyefull Tower as they call it, and the kids enjoyed the train ride. It was a really decent length ride too - about an hour long. The things to see along the... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The amount of information given to you throughout this journey is great. you get to learn about Barry Brickell, and the life he lead. The train climbs 100 meters up the hill, originally to obtain clay for Barry's pottery, but now so a wonderful view to be seen by its customers. The entry price was around $27 for an adult.... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Wow. Wat an incredible experience we had. The history behind the track is very impressive and it's future is one of a few true assets to the New Zealand people. Well done Barry. Spectacular and hard to believe you and your friends built such an amazing track. Highly recommend to everyone

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Mandurah
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Another highlight of our trip was the Driving Creek Railway, a quaint little train taking us higher and higher up into the natural bush and stopping at the Eyefull Tower where we disembarked and had fantastic panoramic views. It was amazing to read and here about how this scenic railway came about. Hats off to Barry Bricknell and all the... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

One of the highlights of our whole trip to New Zealand! Every bit of this experience was wonderful. There's something for everyone here; from the little trains and cleverly engineered, entertaining, and scenic railway up the mountain, to the more than stunning views from the Eyefull Tower at the top over the beautiful coastline, islands, and amazing array of trees.... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

After leaving Tauranga in the morning and traveling up the Thames coast stopping only to have a cuppa and admire the view we arrived at DRIVING CREEK RAILWAY AND POTTERY. This is the most amazing place, with pottery of Barry Brickell's and many overseas potters works on display to admire and purchase if you wish. The grounds are a delight... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We took the kids on the train ride through the Coromandel hills and we all had a blast. The railway is beautiful, as is the view from the Eyefull tower (haha) but our favourite part was the tunnels where the girls screamed their heads off for the echo! I never knew so much noise could come out of 5 young... More

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