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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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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.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an absolute must visit and must experience if you visit Coromandel. The rail track was recycled from local mines and the railway traction engines were designed and built by local amateurs. This must have been the best part of a lifetimes work for...More

Thank spmmik53
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a bit sceptical about this, thinking it would be better if you were taking young children but we were wrong - this was a brilliant experience and an incredible story. We were lucky enough to do it on a beautiful clear day so...More

Thank Susie C
Reviewed 3 days ago

An amazing journey on the small gauge rail up to the eyefull tower, and what an eyefull it is. The view is spectacular! The small gauge rail is an awesome accomplishment in its self and the rail journey to the top so very beautiful through...More

Thank habanachooky
Reviewed 3 days ago

Built over a number of years by one man this place is amazing. Elf and Safety would prevent it today but it's there, it works, and a tribute to a man with a passion. Any engineer will appreciate the work that went into it (and,...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed it here. The vision of Barry, inspirational. The train ride was amazing and well worth doing. And if you are in to art and pottery then check that out too (not my thing). A great visit for families or couples.

Thank Neil H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a real treat. The 15" gauge railway built by artist Barry Brickell is superb. The rolling stock, built by the Driving Creek Railway people themselves, climbs steeply using a switchback system. It crosses several viaduct, including a unique double decker!! Brickell, along with...More

Thank SJK055
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great trip up to Eyeful tower. Spectacular views, interesting commentary on the construction and upkeep along the way. A fab way to spend the morning!

Thank Michael Richmon... B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was not planning to do this trip but as Gold Stampede were closed we gave it a go. Although this was quite an expensive attraction we turned up at the ticket office and went on standby as fully booked for the day. Glad we made...More

Thank nickeastwood52
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the third time I've been up with family visiting and each time, the visitors are initially unsure about it and a bit skeptical thinking that it will be one of those overpriced touristy things, but the ride goes a full hour with lots...More

Thank Kiwigirl341
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The whole family enjoyed including toddler, teenagers and grandad. Fun ride, beautiful scenery and the stories and commentary from the friendly driver made the ride really interesting. If you are a clay work enthusiast you it’s definitely worth visiting.

Thank SongofaTui
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28 October 2017|
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Response from Dave D | Reviewed this property |
A light rain, yes. Depending on the cloud cover your view at the top may be obscured. The ride up is under a canopy of trees and should be protected from the rain.
28 February 2015|
Response from Ian M | Reviewed this property |
InterCity NZ operates daily buses from Matamata to Rotorua and vice versa. Their website has all the information including online booking. There is a private tour operator running tours from Rotorua to the Hobbiton Movie... More