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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
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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Wonderful, peaceful train ride

Driving creek railway is a relaxing and peaceful way to spend some time in wintery Coromandel. Up the hill, visitors can see lush vegetation, short tunnels and pottery lining the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kajang, Malaysia
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Kajang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Driving creek railway is a relaxing and peaceful way to spend some time in wintery Coromandel. Up the hill, visitors can see lush vegetation, short tunnels and pottery lining the railway. All this is the work of one man who never married and is now buried up in the hill. If you need to use the rest room, we suggest... More 

Thank kakicikgu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

First full day in NZ, awesome way to start. Great scenery, and it was like the longest state fair ride you've ever been on. Great fun! Barry had a hella sense of fun and it was a joy to share in it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an experience to zigzag up the hillside in the little train! The driver gave a guided tour, pointing out all the unique and wonderful pieces of work, created by Barry Brickell, one of New Zealand's most reknown artists. Am interesting and education tour but also heaps of fun for the kiddies!

Thank LulusLists
Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a sunny winter day. It can get chilly when the train goes through the trees so even if sunny wrap up in winter. I imagine in the summer it would be lovely for getting relief from the heat. I wouldn't go on a wet day though.The driver gave an interesting talk about the history of the railway... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful rail trip up this unique little railway that winds and zig-zags its way up the side of the hill (including crossing over a double-decker bridge). At the top you can get to spend some time climbing up the stairs or taking the spiral ramp to the top of the lookout tower named the "Eye-full Tower" because you get an... More 

Thank Chch_NZ_couple
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting, fun and unique. Really interesting story about the pottery, the founder and creator of the railway. The driver gave us a commentary all the way up the hillside and told us about the railway, and the views at the top from the "Eyefull Tower" are fantastic! Totally worth the trip but wrap up warm if you are doing... More 

Thank Lisa O
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is so worth doing, if you are not in awe of what one man can achieve in his life , you will be in awe of the view at the end of the train trip. This was so inspiring and though it may seem quirky it was fantastic.

Thank Leisa M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yummy vegetarian cafe, plenty of quirkiness & ambiance. Doubles as a 2nd hand book shop, has a wee herb dispensary, sells a few arts & crafts and wonderful pottery. I always take visitors to The Driving Creek Cafe. Friendly staff, comfortable surroundings, laze back on a couch or mix & match tables & chairs. The outdoor setting is lovely, nice... More 

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Broulee, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can book at the information centre. lots of parking easy to find. It was a great trip up on the train. A very informative and humorous guide that told us about the Driving creek railway.Even though it was a cold day was so worthwhile. The view from the lookout was amazing to could see for kilometers. There is also... More 

Thank Cheryl L
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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