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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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Experience of a Lifetime

From the youngest child to the" oldest " adult this was for our group the highlight of our Coromandel tour. An amazing engineering and designed feat to incorporate so many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

So the train zig zags back and forth up the hill and it's packed (yes we did the maths on how much this place is coining in) but it's a small train ride through the bush past some unusual bits of pottery and you go to the top of a hill to a lookout which isn't any better than the... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

From the youngest child to the" oldest " adult this was for our group the highlight of our Coromandel tour. An amazing engineering and designed feat to incorporate so many features in a small area amongst the beautiful Kauris set into the hillside . The driver was so informative and allowed us on occasion with assisting in resetting the track... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great, unique attraction, we all enjoyed it (maybe the adults more than the kids). Lots of informative commentary from the driver and wonderful views at the top, just wish the time at the top wasn't so limited. Definitely pays to book online beforehand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I went here 10 years ago and it is still awesome - thoroughly loved it - drivers are sooo knowledgeable & Friendly. Saw the Gallery this time and that was very interesting too - but the Railway is a must for all ages

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Incredible rail journey to fantastic panoramic views. I can't imagine the amount of work it has taken to build this railway - an incredible achievement. The ride is also great fun and the driver gives a fantastic commentary. I hadn't heard of Barry Brickell before our New Zealand trip but he should be celebrated far more widely for this railway... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We drove to Coromandel from Auckland which took almost 3 hours and once we got to the centre of Coromandel were flummoxed by the lack of signs. We'd booked online and the directions said North of Coromandel but there 2 roads and neither said North. In the end we had to take a guess but even after we found a... More 

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Leicester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a fascinating narrow gauge railway that zig-zags it's way up a mountain outside Coramandel Town. It's well worth a journey as it climbs through beautiful vegetation and affords beautiful views at various places and then the Eyefull Tower at the top. Everyone of the staff are friendly and helpful and there is a pottery shop. Also there is... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We have visited this railway many times and are always blown away by the sheer scale of the building work that has gone on. The bush regeneration is a credit to the work that Barry Brickell has put into his vision for the property. This is an experience for all ages from the littlies to the older ones who can... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A remarkable man Barry Bricknall to have achieved so much. It's a great achievement anyway to have made your name in the ceramics business, but to have conceived and built this narrow-gauge railway track and designed the engines and to have gained a reputation good enough to invite potters from all over the world to work in his studios is... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We found this an interesting experience. A narrow gauge railway taking you up into the gills with a great view at the top. The staff clearly hold the builder / owner in very high regard, judging by the way they talk about him. Good way to entertain the children. Profits apparently go towards conservation, which scores bonus points as far... More 

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