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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
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+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
Description:

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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Still excellent - been 5 times now!

As always this was a wonderful, scenic trip. Our driver was very amusing and informative. Can't wait to do it again! Make sure you book, it is understandably very popular. (Our... read more

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Tauranga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As always this was a wonderful, scenic trip. Our driver was very amusing and informative. Can't wait to do it again! Make sure you book, it is understandably very popular. (Our teenager said it was "an old person's activity"!!! we disagree!)

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an amazing vision Barry Brickell had, and what an enormous amount of work to build this unique train ride through native bush up to a fantastic lookout point. A great outing and a must do when in Coromandel. Allow more time than the 1.5 hour train trip - there's lots more to see and read at the pottery centre... More 

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Port Lincoln, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is not a glitzy theme park, but does have authenticity, rustic charm and set in a lovely forest atmosphere. It is amazing what one man has built pursuing his life long passion well worth stopping to look at.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm kidding. It is a rather windy and tortuous drive from Thames to Coromandel if coming from Auckland (on your way to Paeroa) but the scenery is pretty spectacular and there's plenty to do when you get there- from Mussel Kitchen to the Oyster bars. And Driving Creek. But a couple of friends had highly recommended this attraction so we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very popular destination for tourists and you can understand why. This is a result of one man's dream and herculean efforts to build a narrow gauge railway in the hills. The fact that he was also an artist/potter, just adds to the charm of the place. Before getting on the train, take time to watch the video... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The train ride itself was interesting, especially being told of the history of the track as told by the driver. However, you get a more comprehensive background by watching the DVD show near the reception area. Nice to see that recycling and care for the environment was a big interest and passion for Brickell (designer/builder). My teenager wasn't too enthused... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Just fantastic tour, there is so much love to see everywhere! It took so long to finish this project, just great to see what people can achieve!

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps I came expecting too much, but I found this experience slightly disappointing. The tour was overpriced, hard to hear (the speaker system in the train was muffled so the narration came in bits and pieces), and to be totally frank, I question the safety and soundness of the track... But it was a unique and quirky experience with beautiful... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a rail enthusiast or engineer this is a must see. If you have no interest in trains it's still a fun ride. Would only go in good weather.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bit over priced for a train ride through the bush. All the pottery needs a good clean up along the track, maybe a little wet and forget might work. We lined up at the front of the queue for the front seats only to be out done by people from the back of the queue from another entrance grabbing the... More 

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