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“Replanted native bush train ride”

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
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Replanted native bush train ride”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

This was recommended by a local and as the weather was a little overcast we decided to take their advice. The staff at the booking office and shop were friendly. Paul (the train driver) was knowledgeable and provided enough commentary to be informative but not intrusive. The scenery is superb and the views from the Eyefull Tower were stunning; even though there was some cloud. The hour long trip was well worth the cost ( NZD 56 for two adults). The fact that this is one man's vision and the sheer hard work and effort that has gone in to developing the site; ensuring that it remains a conservation area in perpetuity is fantastic. There are a number of quirky features along the tracks; walls made out of bottles; banking made up of old tyres and various different art works. The replanting of the site with native species is to be applauded. And to think it all started as a means to transport the clay from hillside to pottery.
The on site cafe has great reviews although we did not have the time to eat there. There are toilet facilities and the site caters for the disabled.

Visited February 2014
Thank Sarah P
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Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Train ride in native bush”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Visitors travel on a one hour return train ride through a replanted native forest. The whole operation from the staff in the office, to boarding, to the train driver’s commentary is excellently run. The best part for me was when the train stopped at the Eyefull Tower, and passengers climbed to the top of the building, for amazing views.

Visited February 2014
Thank Graeme C
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Hastings, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“bush experience on rails”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

the traveling on the mini width gauge railway was a great thrill plenty of native bush a chance to see the silver fern in its glory the ride to the top great spiral viaducts tunnels scenery afar includin g waihiki island and whangaparoa well worth the trip friendly staff pays to book

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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167 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Potter plus railway = delightful”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

The railway was built by a potter to transport clay; it gradually lengthened and is now 3km long. It's a delight for both sculpture (me) and train (husband) fans. The track is wonderfully scenic, winding up a hill with a marvellous view at the top. Dotted along the track are sculptures and idiosyncratic sights - such as retaining walls made of bottles. All the bricks used in the construction he made by hand. There's also a studio and sculpture garden at the terminus where you can browse his works. Good idea to book as it can be busy.

Visited November 2013
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One man's dream”
Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

The whole thing is one man's dream as described by the train driver.

The whole experience is full of fun and well worth the money. The trains cut through many different terrains until they reach the Eye Full Tower on the top where you oversee the whole peninsula and even Waiheke island.

It's a must visit especially for family with kids. Our sessions were so busy that they were fully booked

Thank Benny P
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