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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 21 936 090
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A Must-See in Coromandel

Potter Barry Brickell began his railway early in the 1970s as a means of transporting materials for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ballarat, Australia
Brilliant scenery

Awesome trip up the mountain with breathtaking scenery kids and adults loved it ❤️the view at the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rotorua, New Zealand
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 21 936 090
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Potter Barry Brickell began his railway early in the 1970s as a means of transporting materials for his pottery up the steep slope of his land. The railway has since grown to 3km over the 22hactares of what is now dense, lush native vegetation, taking...More

Thank aus_jenn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome trip up the mountain with breathtaking scenery kids and adults loved it ❤️the view at the Eyefull tower is incredible

Thank AlleyNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful trip. Great staff who were extremely knowledgeable and lovely experience. Scenery extraordinary.

Thank fltredbeach
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanks Barry for the hard work over the years to build this railway, you have a glorious final resting place! The trip is well priced and time well spent visiting. All the staff working there are friendly and helpful. The commentary by the driver is...More

Thank ikedeb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great sightseeing attraction - well worth the visit and the money. Enjoyed every minute of the train journey and all the gems along the way. Great for adults and children (over 5 would appreciate it more)

Thank 2014angela52
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a 'must do' on the Coromandel Peninsular. One mans dream, Barry Brickell, means everybody can enjoy the charm of a narrow gauge railway ride and spectacular views from the 'eyeful' tower. On the ride up watch out for the bottle walls (one has...More

Thank Sandra F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem of a place. Barry Brickell was a potter engineer conservationist and general good guy. Watch the video about him before climbing onto the train that chugs up the hill to Eyefull Tower. On the way you get a lovely commentary from the...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The railway is the brainchild and effort of a single man, Barry Brickell, and is a wonderful experience. The hour long ride (return) takes you to the 'Eyefull Tower' high up in the Coromandel bush, affording fantastic views of the Hauraki Gulf. The pottery creations...More

Thank Kathryn M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a great ride on the train through the native bush to reach the Eyefull Tower where there are fabulous views across the bay. Being July it was not very busy and they provided us with blankets which were much appreciated....More

Thank Alastair B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Driving Creek Railway after seeing and the recommendations and I wasn't disappointed. The trip to the top is picturesque and the commentary about the history of the railway fun and interesting. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Simon R
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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