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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-866 8703
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Barry Brickell (acclaimed potter, painter, engineer and conservationist)...

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: 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm DAILY. During the busy seasons we may run additional tours at 9am, 4.30pm and 5.45pm (subject to demand)

As this attraction is extremely popular we strongly suggest you book your seat; especially over the summer period.

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An amazing achievement

Wow all I can see is what a life this man must have led - he was certainly eccentric but in the way that makes someone incredibly driven and creative. What a legacy to leave... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow all I can see is what a life this man must have led - he was certainly eccentric but in the way that makes someone incredibly driven and creative. What a legacy to leave behind, it's just fascinating. We only went because my train-buff father said we should, but I'm so glad we did as it was one of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We phoned in the morning to make a booking and were pleased we could get tickets. Is was a busy attraction and they like to start on time (so don't be late). The work that has gone into putting this attraction together is amazing and the focus on our New Zealand natives is appreciated. Well done to the whole team.

Thank Geepnz
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a good thing to do if you have time to kill in the Coromandel. Don't miss the bird sanctuary! It's $35 per person, which is pricey enough for me to hold it to a higher standard. The site was put together by somebody who shaped it around his interests: pottery, nature and knick knacks. As such, I think... More 

Thank KiwiMohog
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An unexpected treasure set up in the hills above Coromandel township the Driving Creek Railway trip is a must do if you're visiting the Coromandel Peninsula. Winding up through native bush one can feel and smell the freshness of the air. Listen carefully to the train driver as he tells the passengers the story of the railway. Keep your hands... More 

Thank Caroline03111960
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting story. If you like trains, pottery or sightseeing, this is for you. You get to see the rustic workshop of an eccentric man who built the railway initially for the purpose of transporting clay to the base of the mountain. Loved the train ride and scenic lookout. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Would wish for more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in spring during the school holidays. I'm not into trains at all, but this was a fantastic place! $35 per adult for one hour mini-train journey through bush and forest, great value. A real testament to an intrepid kiwi.

Thank David P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very enjoyable afternoon here, exploring the local area and a fabulously informative train ride to the top and back. Great fun too.

Thank Cheryl L
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were actually staying over in Whitianga but as it was pouring down with rain there we thought we'd head over to Coromandel to see what it had to offer. I had been told about the train by some friends who'd said they had wanted to go but never had the chance and so after spending the morning walking around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

When we said we were going to the Coromandel, several people told us we should go see this. So with slightly skeptical wife in tow, we drove on up. It's surprisingly interesting. I'm not a train enthusiast, but seeing one persons vision combining passions of NZ ecology, trains and pottery is an inspiring mix. You ride the train, see the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed the entire experience from the grounds to the train ride. Well worth the visit to a monument to one man's passion.

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