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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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A unique train trip- well worth a visit

I can't imagine all the work and vision the owner of this railway had, to take it from a working... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
New Zealand
What a hoot (or toot)

Clearly a labour of love to create a magnificent little railway switch backing up the mountainside... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Barry Brickell (acclaimed potter, painter, engineer and conservationist) started building the railway 35 years ago to bring clay from the hillside to his pottery. This amazing switch-back railway climbs the mountain to the 'Eyeful Tower' with magnificent views over the Hauraki Gulf. The one hour return journey incorporates superb engineering with 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large bridges. Unique pottery sculptures and tile walls line the track through a regenerating forest setting. Back at the station watch the DVD about Barry and the railway. Enjoy a walk in the sculpture garden followed by a bush walk in the predator free native sanctuary. Pottery, souvenirs, mini-bricks, books and the DVD are available to purchase in our craft shop. Tours Times: Summer- 9.00am, 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm, 4.30pm and 5.45pm Daily Winter - 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm and 4.30pm Daily As this attraction is extremely popular we strongly suggest you book your seat; especially over the summer period.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I can't imagine all the work and vision the owner of this railway had, to take it from a working unit to what it is today. All the pottery, the bottle walls, the reverse turnaround points, the bridges, all the way up to the Eiffel...More

Thank CdnNZgal
Reviewed 4 days ago

Clearly a labour of love to create a magnificent little railway switch backing up the mountainside culminating in great views from the Eyefull Tower. The drivers provide a helpful commentary describing the history and the efforts to manage the ecology of the area. An absolutely...More

Thank Jvweel
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was such a surprise. We thought, small tourist railway. Ugh! BUT, this was a surprise. Such an enjoyable tour of the life passion of Barry Brickell, a famous NZ potter who converted a clay quarry into a delightful trip through the jungle and forests...More

Thank Dave D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see if you are in the coromandel. Its an iconic place unique in the world . Good fun and beautiful scenery. Good for all ages.

Thank careya3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing trip. 1 1/2 hours. It was raining but not foggy. Good views from the real Eyefull tower (the one in Paris is just a counterfeit). Well worth the money we paid. The driver was very knowledgable about the history of the area....More

Thank TonyCase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The weather was nice and we wanted to go spontaneous for a railride. We two where the only guests but it wasnt a problem, they started the last tour only with us. The women (sorry that I forget her name) was sooo lovely, she was...More

Thank 127msh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent place, surrounded by this Native Bush and beautiful New Zealand Trees, Rimu, Totaras.The train ride up to overlook this forest, you can see to the ocean coast the bush is full of native birds, like Wood Pigeon, Tuis, just amazing if...More

Thank bobbie2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel Town in NZ is well worth a visit travelling through a native forest. The train driver was most informative about the development of the railway and it was interesting to learn how it was developed by one person. If...More

Thank iwylde
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dawn is a great addition to the team! Very friendly and informative and great with the kids! The place is looking great. Highly recommend.

Thank Coupee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on the Railway and were the first to have a tour of the pottery works. Both really good and we recommend people do both once the pottery tours are open to the public. Very informative and great views.

Thank MichellePuke
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February 28, 2015|
Response from Ian M | Reviewed this property |
InterCity NZ operates daily buses from Matamata to Rotorua and vice versa. Their website has all the information including online booking. There is a private tour operator running tours from Rotorua to the Hobbiton Movie... More