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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
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Fabulous and fun afternoon out

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cheryl L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pleasant end to a day of walking to sit back and relax and enjoy a slow train ride up the hillside, to get a spectacular view of the coromandel township and surrounding coast line.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the visit just to hear the story of how the track was built. Really enjoyed the train ride, driver was informative and amusing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on this railway ride. It was very exhilarating, fun and knowledgeable. The ride is about an hourish. You have to give yourself more time here as there is an area for pottery, wild life sanctuary and lots of other sculptures. Russell who is the guide/ driver , very informative and great. This is a must to do in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend this! Not only is the train ride absolutely fantastic but the scenery is breath taking, along with the incredible story behind it all! Please promise me you will go here!!!!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mini railway to the Eyeful Tower which gives you a fantastic view Informative commentary on building of the railway and associated pottery

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with my initially sceptical wife, it was sunny but cold.. thankfully by the the top of the railway we had warmed up a bit and could enjoy the view :-) The railway itself is an amazing piece of work, some of the bridges look a bit rickety but they are made of solid timber and enough steel to... More 

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