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“Something Different”

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
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$3,901.75*
and up
Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and...
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 February 11, 2014

We went to Coromandel town to experience this, it was mid week and didn't book, but was lucky to get on the train we went for. It is an experience of how a steam train built for transporting clay for the potteries. The driver we had was from Stoke can't remember his name but he made the tour.. the day was overcast and drizzling so somewhat spoilt the amazing views.. I enjoyed it but to be honest wasn't awestruck and probably wont do it again. I can imagine on a sunny day it would would be a totally different experience. Some lovely pottery in the shop on the way out.

Thank Jane P
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We arrived in Auckland off a red eye flight from Perth Australia with VERY little sleep. We collected a motorhome and set off for Coromandel peninsula. The family (except me driving!) all fell asleep and eventually we pulled up in Coromandel in need of refreshments. The airport staff had been grumpy, Britz had messed us around for 1.5 hours on pick up and the day was headed for being a complete washout, so I suggested we call in here in hope of rescuing the first day. (BTW - original informed of this place from a guide book called 101 Must Do's for Kiwi's) We phoned ahead from the café to ensure we got seats on the train and headed up soon after. What a little gem of eccentricity. The quirkiness of this railway lend it real charm. It's not the polished tourist experience of the big companies and because of this you have to fall in love with the place and admire Barry's (the creator) zeal and imagination for what he has completed. You will never have ridden on a railway like this one anywhere else before and the views from the Eyefull Tower at the top are amazing. Try to get on the first of the two trains (they go together kind of) to leave the station as that way you get more time at the top. Driving Creek Railway salvaged a pretty miserable day for us and sent us off on our way enthused and excited.

Thank olthomas44
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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.

Thank Sarah P
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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.

Thank Graeme C
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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

Thank aNTHONY74TONY
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