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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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Beautiful views and interesting

I loved the Driving Creek Railway. It’s a beautiful one hour train ride through the native bush... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Montreal, Canada
via mobile
Unique train experience

Staff were very friendly and lucky us were the only two people on the train during that timeslot so... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Singapore, Singapore
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 5 days ago via mobile

I loved the Driving Creek Railway. It’s a beautiful one hour train ride through the native bush. There are reversing platforms and viewing tower with breathtaking views of Coromandel. Our train conductor was super nice and friendly and knowledgeable. The story behind the construction of...More

Thank Ingridgig
Reviewed 5 days ago

Staff were very friendly and lucky us were the only two people on the train during that timeslot so it became a private charter hahah. The guide was knowledgeable and told us all about the history of this place and all the pottery that we...More

Thank thewildnut
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The train ride was lovely and the kids enjoyed it. Our train driver was very knowledgeable and explained the history of how this place came about. The eyeful tower had great views and the forest was lush green with native trees Would however question the...More

Thank Bijal R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a decent enough way to spend an hour or so, you get to see some amazing views across the coromandel, and some native trees, some interesting features, and the product of an obvious genius and passionate conservationist. The train track makes its way...More

Thank Ikorel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome views, employees had excellent knowledge of the surrounding area and the railroad. Luckily the weather was nice when we went so we had a clear panoramic view. Would definitely recommend, must see at least once!

Thank Sophie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving Creek Railway was the life long work of artist Barry Bickel. It is an amazing engineering feat accomplished by an artist and a group of friends. The story chronicles what drove Mr. Bickel to purchase the land and build the railway. He needed to...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must do, you will have fun with the ride and will enjoy the view when you will stop at the last station. If you will go to Hahei after this, make sure you do this first and then take 309 to go...More

Thank Ibo1980
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this fascinating railway on the final day of our stay in the Coromandel, and it was a great way to finish. The railway is quirky in the extreme, but its operation is very slick and your 75-minute return trip will be just that...More

Thank mekydro
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Something for all ages. The commentary on how it was built was brilliant. Go on a wonderful sunny clear day and the views breathtaking. Will be back with other family from the UK. A must do

Thank taurusward
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A unique and very interesting experience with an informative driver and awesome views. This is a must for any age if you are in the area.

Thank Trish644
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Questions & Answers
October 27, 2017|
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Response from Dave D | Reviewed this property |
A light rain, yes. Depending on the cloud cover your view at the top may be obscured. The ride up is under a canopy of trees and should be protected from the rain.
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