We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-866 8703
Website
Today
10:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Description:

Barry Brickell (acclaimed potter, painter, engineer and conservationist)...

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: 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm DAILY. During the busy seasons we may run additional tours at 9am, 4.30pm and 5.45pm (subject to demand)

As this attraction is extremely popular we strongly suggest you book your seat; especially over the summer period.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 812 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 497
    Excellent
  • 210
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
For Train Enthusiasts

If you are a rail enthusiast or engineer this is a must see. If you have no interest in trains it's still a fun ride. Would only go in good weather.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
123432156432977
,
Auckland, New Zealand
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

812 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 747: English reviews
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Perhaps I came expecting too much, but I found this experience slightly disappointing. The tour was overpriced, hard to hear (the speaker system in the train was muffled so the narration came in bits and pieces), and to be totally frank, I question the safety and soundness of the track... But it was a unique and quirky experience with beautiful... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mikan
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are a rail enthusiast or engineer this is a must see. If you have no interest in trains it's still a fun ride. Would only go in good weather.

Helpful?
Thank 123432156432977
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Bit over priced for a train ride through the bush. All the pottery needs a good clean up along the track, maybe a little wet and forget might work. We lined up at the front of the queue for the front seats only to be out done by people from the back of the queue from another entrance grabbing the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bwalto
Soldotna, Alaska
Level Contributor
34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Where to start. The history of this railroad is fascinating as are the construction materials used to make it. The driver was great, telling us a lot of history and lore as chugged up and up this mountain. Beautiful sculptures are all along the trip and as you go through the tunnels and over the bridges you struggle to take... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lori T
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quaint train ride which would have been fantastic for us - 10 years ago when kids were young. Older kids found it boring. Very scenic and the train driver was very enthusiastic.

Helpful?
Thank Brett J
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
602 reviews
277 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought it would be a nice little ride, but it was so much more! Amazing engineering. Fabulous views. Good commentary. Quirky. Unique. Recommended.

Helpful?
Thank Barrie L
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
248 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time chugging along this narrow gauge railway on its forest travel and multiple switchbacks. Quite amusing to see the numerous pieces of pottery staged throughout the route of the train. This attraction is very popular......often sold out.

Helpful?
Thank stoketun
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the sign for this place whilst driving around the peninsular, so thought give it a look, when we went in we were amazed at the set up and had to have a ride on the railway, we didn't have to wait too long and the train went up the hill and did this by zig zagging its way up,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Stephen A
Colorado, PR
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I enjoyed this unique and quirky place. The history and story of the train is inspiring and very interesting! A little bit slow paced and more like a museum but it would be great for families.

Helpful?
Thank Christie150
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to spend an hour and a half. This railway was not built as a tourist attraction and is quirky, winding up the hill behind the pottery with a series of bridges, tunnels and switchbacks through native bush.. Very suitable for children as it's not too long and the experience varies. Adults will find the station area fascinating... More 

Helpful?
Thank TheTui

Travellers who viewed Driving Creek Railway and Potteries also viewed

Coromandel, Coromandel Peninsula
Coromandel, Coromandel Peninsula
 
Coromandel, Coromandel Peninsula
Thames, Coromandel Peninsula
 

Been to Driving Creek Railway and Potteries? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Driving Creek Railway and Potteries and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Driving Creek Railway and Potteries staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?