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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Brill

Enjoyed a morning here. Lovely staff and lots to keep you occupied while you wait for your train ride. The ride was lovely with history told to us along the way. At the top there... read more

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a morning here. Lovely staff and lots to keep you occupied while you wait for your train ride. The ride was lovely with history told to us along the way. At the top there was a 10 minute stop ....amazing views and photo opportunities. Every family member enjoyed our time there. Thanks so much Barry Brickell ;)

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't really know what to expect but had heard great things about it ans were not disappointed. The story behind the railway is interesting, the driver was funny & informative, the engineering is amazing & very pretty and the views from the top are fantastic.

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Thank Emma M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I really don't have much expectations about this railway thing but once you get to eyefull tower you'll have an amazing view! The driver/guide will continue with his story about how the driving creek came to life up to now. It was winter when we visit so they use their small train to ride on and it usually takes an... More 

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Thank Corpuz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the money. Beautiful Bush, amazing views. Go off peak so you can get parking, it will be busy. It's awesome for all ages

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Thank Denise S
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a horrendous journey from Auckland to Coramandel, this made us all feel better. The train ride was fun and the history behind it was really interesting, the train driver was informative and funny and we had some good talks with him. You take the train up to the Eyefull Tower, where you get more information on the man who... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a long drive from Thames, but a fun ride up the hill on the train. Received an interesting commentary and amazed at this track built by one man. It is also still a working pottery operation. The train is open carriages on a narrow gauge and follows spirals and zigzags through lush bush and a few tunnels to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great 1 hour train ride. It takes you up and around a mountain to Eyefull Tower which has amazing views. If your in the area go and do this trip... You will need to book in advance and pay on arrival.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a long journey from Auckland to Coromandel the railway was a good way to brighten our spirits. Interesting history of how the railway came to be as you take a trip up to the Eyefull Tower where you get some really amazing views. The staff are friendly and our driver had a wee chat with us on our way... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little railway that takes you through the New Zealand bush. Very good for the whole family to enjoy. A family pass 2a 2c $83. It gets busy so best to book In advance. If it's raining you can wear plastic covers supplied but it's not as much fun. 1 hour ride.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff were very friendly. We found the railway trip up the mountain informative and educational, even though there was not a lot to 'see' during the journey. However the view from the Eyeful Tower at the top is amazing. This is a tour well worth doing when in the Coromandel area.

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