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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 8668 703
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Railroads, Nature & Parks, Sightseeing Tours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Railroads, Nature & Parks, Sightseeing Tours
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

With two small boys, we've done a fair few miniature train rides but this is a lot better than that. Lots of.interesting history, feats of engineering and gorgeous NZ bush. Recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Informative and rich in History, learned things I did not know, so always a bonus! Kids enjoyed it too, altogether an hour return trip. The premises was really interesting also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit. Fantastic narrow gauge railway in a bush setting. Very good commentary and staff.

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This experience is a breath of fresh air. Not originally intended as a tourist attraction, the track was built through indigenous forest planted by the owner to bring clay for his pottery. The train follows an amazing track with all sorts of technical features making the ride interesting and fun. The driver we had was friendly and informative. The view... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great experience with the family. The story of the railway, the journey itself, the pottery and the views all make it well worthwhile as a family activity. Really have to admire the vision, enterprise and skill of the owner Barry Brickell.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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51 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Being an avid train enthusiast I was very interested in experiencing this ride that we took as part of a day trip from Auckland, crossing on the ferry that linked to the train. We found it absolutely fascinating and learnt a lot about the history and hard work that went into its construction. Barry Brickell has done, and continues to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The owner built everything: tracks, buildings, trains, locomotives, etc. He also sells potteries and art that he makes himself. A fun ride and interesting presentation with great views of Coromandel. There is even a little sanctuary with protected birds that they feed! A good 30-40 min walk from Coromandel

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Timaru; New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It was very well done - the scenery and views were beautiful. The train(s) were very cool, the area was great, heaps to look at before boarding the train. But being from New Zealand I think we have seen it all before so many times and were therefore a bit disappointed for $70 or something. Teenagers thought it was a... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had a lovely morning out at Driving Creek (ring in advance to book your tickets, especially on holiday weekends!). Our kids were in awe, and there was plenty of regenerating native bush and pottery to keep your eyes on whilst you weave your way up the hillside. Definitely recommend. Our driver was great! The ride was packed and everyone... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Great trip, the kids loved it, we have 3 children and they were great enough to suggest that we put all 3 on one seat and only pay for 2, 1 child free - awesome service!! The view from the top is spectacular. My husband and I visited this place back in 1999, before kids, and were so excited to... More 

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