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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Coromandel, New Zealand
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About Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
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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Shara M wrote a review May 2021
Whakatane, New Zealand58 contributions8 helpful votes
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Would highly recommend this I went with my husband but highly recommend for families the work that has gone into this place and the dedication is top notch and very safety aware and the views are priceless worth putting on the to do list when up the top do go visit the toilet great photo opportunity
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Barry G wrote a review May 2021
16 contributions3 helpful votes
Train ride and zipline - we had 2 very nervous wives that were not overly keen to give the zipline a go but the 2 guides Hec and Hamish were incredible in encouraging them and others in our group. Their knowledge of the area and history was excellent and they way they conveyed those messages was excellent. Both took their job very seriously and the safety of all on the trip was their absolute priority - rechecking our harnesses on a number of occasions. Most impressed with all aspects of their guiding - well done Hec and Hamish and Driving Creek for their training abilities. Barry G
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Date of experience: May 2021
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CherrieSch wrote a review May 2021
Havelock North9 contributions2 helpful votes
What an amazing experience ... don’t miss it out. Our guide mike did a great job telling the story of this quirky and delightful place. The views, engineering, conservation and art are all very special. It’s such a unique place.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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MoolooSwampy wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand222 contributions61 helpful votes
A fascinating trip through regenerated bush (Barry Brickell did an amazing job) to the EyeFull Tower, where there was a fabulous view out to Coromandel Harbour and beyond. Awesome to see the quirky way Barry created his dream property, including wine bottle retaining walls and mosaic tunnels. Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Andrew & Marie wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand41 contributions1 helpful vote
Lovely train ride through beautiful native bush. Amazing how Barry thought this up and managed to get the train up there. Interesting use of glass bottles. Most suitable for family with young children 12 (ish) and below.....this not to say the older will not enjoy it!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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