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.