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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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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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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
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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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NZ
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4 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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