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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, Sightseeing Tours
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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

My husband wanted to go, I wasn't that excited but wow I was when we got there! We took a little train through subtropical rainforest to the top which had an amazing view over Coromandel. Wow I love rainforest so I was in Heaven ! The driver was very informative and really friendly. We sat behind him so I asked... More

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I was interested to see this attraction as a railway enthusiast to view and experience what is on offer. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the DVD that was playing beforehand about the origins and development of the railway. This is a very worthwhile project carried out by a man with very good cause and a vision of what he... More

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I want to be a part of this community! This railway which was created to get the clay out of the ground for an ex science teacher turned potter takes you into another world of Kauri preservation, art and pure exhilarating fun. What a fun community to be part of.... Do you need an ageing fiddler cum wood turner?

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Strahilovo
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81 reviews 81 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Narrow gauge railway in the forest. The story about its conception is great, the staff are good and the journey is really cool and the views are terrific. Well worth going to

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Driving Creek Railway & Potteries is a little out of the way place that has a massive impact. Travelling from Thames to the Coromandel Peninsula was an experience all of it's own - they say it only takes 1 hr, that's local speak, being a tourist I was a quite a bit slower - it took me approximately 1.5hrs as... More

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Cooloola Cove, Queensland, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Barry Brickell is a wonder all on his own. This Railway - started to collect clay from the hillside and bring it down to his studio & kilns - now takes visitors to the "Eyefull Tower" at the end of the line - amazing platforms, spirals and viaducts - all built by Barry over 26 years. And thousands of trees... More

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Coromandel, New Zealand
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Well worth a visit, even if you have only a few days on the Coromandel Peninsula. Been here so many times with family and friends overseas. Always enjoyable although there should be a system whereby locals introducing it to others should not have to pay the full entry price. Wouldn't want locals taking up all the available seats. Maybe a... More

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great, we had a fantastic trip on this amazing little railway, its an hour round trip and you wont be disappointed, can't say to much as it will spoil the excitement

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Hobart, Australia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
30 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This small gauge railway was built almost single handed by one man - Barry Brickell, a well known NZ potter - as a way of getting clay from his property. Although the railway is short (3.5km), it winds it's way up a steep hill to a lookout aptly named Eyefull Tower. The switch backs are fun and our driver informative.... More

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UK
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A great story behind this railway. All the profits go into making sure the area will remain the same for the long term future. Wonderful scenery and nice people to talk to with plenty of information

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