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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Coromandel, New Zealand
About Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
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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Monimoo19 wrote a review Jan 13
5 contributions
Really worth the visit. Did the zip lining and got to go upside down. We happened to have a tour with only my friend and I and the two guides (Jed and Cole I think!) they were fab. Very funny and made the trip memorable
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Date of experience: January 2022
Sam T wrote a review Jan 9
Christchurch, New Zealand11 contributions
Sadly we didn’t really get to experience this venue as we were rudely told there was no way to go on the train until another hour. When we asked if there was anything to do at the venue to fill in this time we were told not really. We were keen to spend our money and enjoy our time there and thought somewhere like this would want us to spend it with them, really disappointing.
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Date of experience: January 2022
cookaborough wrote a review Dec 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand106 contributions24 helpful votes
This is a great experience while visiting Coromandel Town. We all thoroughly enjoyed the ride, the views, and the information.
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Date of experience: December 2021
vmk781 wrote a review Oct 2021
Nelson, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
The train ride was very enjoyable through great bush. The drivers commentary was interesting and easy to follow. Amazing history of one man's dream and passion. Definitely worth doing.
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Date of experience: October 2021
Roz P wrote a review Aug 2021
Auckland, New Zealand22 contributions1 helpful vote
What a little gem of a place, hidden away in the bush above Coromandel Town. This trip was recommended by locals - always a good sign. It was a delight, and a photographers dream. (not that I am a photographer!) This hour and fifteen minute trip was a real treat from start to finish. The little train, sounds just like a real big one as it clicks it's way along the narrow gauge tracks zig-zaging it's way up the hill side. I was particularly grateful for the blanket, thoughtfully provided, as the weather closed in a bit. Fun, quirky pottery 'objects' , walls made from bottles, and beautiful native bush made the trip visually diverse and interesting. Our train driver, Russell, was informative and fun. It is amazing what the vision and hard work of one person can accomplish. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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