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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-866 8703
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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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.

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Great train views

This trip is well worth the money.It travels for one hour,literally up the side of a hill,and gives great views unique to this trip. Good for all ages,this is a great way to see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This trip is well worth the money.It travels for one hour,literally up the side of a hill,and gives great views unique to this trip. Good for all ages,this is a great way to see some of this area very close to nature.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've done this twice before, and when heading back to Coromandel Town with a 7 year old grandson for the weekend, we added this to out list of places to visit. Driving Creek is unique, and the fact it was one man's vision somehow makes it more special and amazing. The train's a bit noisy, but the views and fun... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a brilliant way to spend a day travelling on Barry Brickells inspired narrow gauge railway winding its way up into the mountain. Spend time in the pottery showroom with a range of creative hand-crafted items. Great trip of all the family.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You travel up the mountain with all sorts of twists and turns to get there, to arrive at the Eyefull Tower . To disembark and take in all the panoramic views over the Coromandel Bays. The hill sides have been replanted with native trees. The train driver gives an very informative story how it all came about while there and... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This experience was recommended to us and did not disappoint. We enjoyed the train journey up the clay hill and the interesting commentary provided by the drivers. There were lovely views to look at all the way to the top but the view up there was absolutely stunning. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful which made the day and... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a rail trip on a narrow gauge line that travels through 2 spirals and 3 tunnels. Along the way you wind through a private forest, protected in perpetuity. The views are amazing - there’s viaducts, clay pottery figurines, innovative walls of rock, brick, tyres and bottles and many species of native trees and shrubs like the Kauri, Silver... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this place with my family (all adults) in November, it was very easy to find and very well organized. The ride lasted about one hour including a ten minute break at the viewing platform at the top. The driver was very friendly and told many interesting facts about the track and the area as we went. The train... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone who is in the Coromandel area MUST pay a visit to the Driving Creek Railway and Potteries. This is an experience of a lifetime. In awe and wonder at Barry Brickell who was the mastermind behind this attraction. It took him nearly35 years to complete and sadly he passed away earlier this year.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came in February 2014 and had a wonderful experience so decided to make a return visit, this was disappointing. We had boarded the small train and then were told that more people had arrived and we were moved to the Snake and had to undergo a repeat of the safety training. The train was obviously late leaving and I... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a thoroughly enjoyable train trip. The commentary was very informative. The scenery was quite pretty even on a cloudy day. The amount of work and thought that has gone into building the railway is amazing. We enjoyed having a look in the gift shop.

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