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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 5:45 PM
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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...more
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380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must do in Coromandel,the legacy of a talented potter,we brought our Australian visitor here after coming before and enjoying it so much,they have improved the ride and the final outlook is amazing giving spectacular views over the islands,something the whole family will...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kiwis2NthShoreAuck
Reviewed 3 days ago

I hadn't heard of this place but the owner of the hotel we stayed at in Whitianga told us about the railway and we decided to make a stop on our way back to Auckland Airport for an evening flight. Called ahead and booked 2...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Aussiepam
Reviewed 3 days ago

Without doubt this eccentric narrow-guage railway is an old-fashioned pleasure and delight. A loverly journey up the steep hillside through re-established native bushland with magnificent views over the islands and beyond. A delight and good value.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bruxland-UKTrippers
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Convinced family to visit. Very special place run by committed staff with obvious passion for the late founders beliefs in providing a close up look at a light train operation blended into the regenerating bush

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank grantk253
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not expecting much, but when We learned one man single- handed built this railway,through the rainforest, so impressive! His pottery was presented throughout, but the preserve of flora was the key! Very impressive hour+ ride!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JudiT844
Reviewed 1 week ago

This railway is unlike anything we have ever been on. (and believe me we've done a few railway journeys !). The story of Barry, a talented potter and how the railway evolved is wonderful. Nothing really been changed since he died, a fab way to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank j j
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first stop on our New Zealand holiday and the kids loved it (3 and 6). It was a good way to see some beautiful country sights and also be on a train! My son loves trains.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sk8nsnogrl
Reviewed 1 week ago

It started with clay which is still turned to valuable pots ect, but the bush and the railway this man built with his own hands is a fantastic achievement. 2600 metres through some of New Zealand best native bush. A great day out when visiting...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Capehorn2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great afternoon, so interesting the history of the place, lovely train trip through the trees to the top, wow what a view, totally worth every penny. Just wish the train was a little slower for photos

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Julie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb trip. Loved everything about the railway. Driver was well informed. What a brilliant asset for the Coromandel area. Will go again.

Date of experience: February 2019
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December 29, 2018|
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Response from Grandvisitor | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know there are still potters using the site, however the founder died some time ago but has gifted the whole site. This place is well worth a visit. Barry Brickel did an amazing job creating this attraction.
March 18, 2018|
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Response from Kimberley H | Reviewed this property |
Depends how you are travelling there. If you take a ferry from Auckland, then I suggest possibly 3 hours. However if you drive from Auckland, I would allow 4 hours, without stops.
March 18, 2018|
Response from 123LS | Reviewed this property |
Hi They have a web page where you can check it out as well Under 4’s are free 4-16 $13 NZ Adults $35 NZ