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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 14 Attractions in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Railroads
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a train trip like no other. We very much enjoyed the commentary and the wonderful views from the Eyeful Tower. Came away recognising the genius of the owner. A real surprise was the gallery - the excellent exhibition of railway related paintings and prints was fascinating. Our thanks to Tom for making it possible to see that. We... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place with a very interesting history. A place where artists to gather for pottery and painting but with a hand built railway that takes you to the top of the hills. The little 3 km railway has zig-zags ,spirals, bridges and tunnels and a lookout tower at the top. The view from there is beautiful right... More

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

You ride a train up a mountain on a train and tracks that was built by the owner operator of the pottery. At the top you get off to view the area from a outlook platform. Nice gift shop...and area to watch an informational video. Also a studio there with paintings and sculptures.

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Western Australia, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
31 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 attraction reviews
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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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