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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
Ranked #1 of 10 Tours in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Absolutely amazing day for adults and kids. So much to see, amazing views and native bush. The train ride is awesome. Don't forget the camera.

Thank nzkat
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We visited Driving creek railway as part of a work familirasation of the area. This by far one of the best scenic railways in the country hands down and is a wonderful attraction for the Coromandel area. The train ride whines its way up the hill side via beautiful bush/forest settings, all the way to the viewing station known as the 'eyeful tower' where you are pleasantly presented with stunning views of the stunning Coromandel region. We fully enjoyed the railway and will indeed recommend this product to friends, family and more importantly, our clients.

1  Thank Nick J
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

This place is amazing, one man's dream and what he has achieved, it has grown to an outstanding tourist attraction. All the trees that have been planted and the work that has gone into making this attraction inspirational.

1  Thank manuka
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

I have visited this railway since I was 4 years old and it used to be a hippy commune. Nowadays it is a thriving tourist destination and is a must visit but even though it is a commercial business it has not lost any of its charm.

1  Thank Liz C
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

I have been to Driving Creek Railway twice - the first time it was raining and misty so we didn't get the full impact of the beautiful view from the top. The second time I went I took my grandson and we had the most wonderful, magic time! The sun shone and we got to experience the beauty of the bush and trees that have been planted all around this railway. We saw for miles from the view at the top.

This is more than just a railway, it is the story of the man who built it from scratch. Seriously worth stopping by and if it is holiday season then make sure you book! There is also a cafe closeby which serves lovely food.

1  Thank Scottygirl
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