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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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We had a day trip while staying at Whitianga and the weather was good for a train ride. Luck for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mark E
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
via mobile
Best day trip ever, including outside New Zealand

Visited in early 2000s and it remains etched in my memory because of its beauty and charm. I bought... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Merkowitz
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San Diego, California
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a day trip while staying at Whitianga and the weather was good for a train ride. Luck for us, no one else thought so as we had a personal tour being the only three people there. We had been wanting to do this...More

Thank Mark E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in early 2000s and it remains etched in my memory because of its beauty and charm. I bought two stunning platters and will keep them and cherish them forever. I hope very much to come back some day.

Thank Merkowitz
Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been many years since I last rode Driving Creek Railway and in that time may chances have taken place but the One thing that remains the same is the Adventure of riding the rail. The many switch backs, pulling/pushing engines coupled with views...More

Thank Bombaydevil
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed our ride up the mountain on this quaint railway. Amazing scenery and a very interesting commentary from an enthusiastic driver who appeared to love her job. What an amazing man Barry Brickell was and what a fantastic legacy he has left for others...More

Thank dandylionlady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic trip, amazing what one man has achieved. His ongoing legacy is coming true . The train track is incredible, bush views as well as looking back down on the Coromandel and the Hauriki Gulf.

Thank Graham H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was recommended to visit this narrow gauge railway whilst in the Coromandel but I would not have driven miles to find it. Yes the track is screwed to wooden sleepers and the hardware pretty basic however the commentary and the views at the ends...More

Thank RockhavenBL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must do! Such a great experience from the train ride with amazing scenery and things to look at on the way. The tour is great and so informative and to finish off with the view at the top. Highly reccomend

Thank TripHappy12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great excursion well worth the visit. View from top stunning. Driver was very informative and entertaining.

Thank stem53
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Potter Barry Brickell began his railway early in the 1970s as a means of transporting materials for his pottery up the steep slope of his land. The railway has since grown to 3km over the 22hactares of what is now dense, lush native vegetation, taking...More

Thank aus_jenn
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome trip up the mountain with breathtaking scenery kids and adults loved it ❤️the view at the Eyefull tower is incredible

Thank AlleyNZ
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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
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