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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
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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%
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380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit, thinking initially it would just be a train ride through the bush but it was actually a lot more. The views from the top are lovely and the native bushland is stunning but it was the story of the man...More

Thank Jennie E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like trains or railways them you will love this little gem. Built by hand by one man it snakes it's way up a hill to "eyefull tower" where there are some magnificent views. It is a feat of engineering by a man who...More

Thank Mal T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The DC railway and potteries are a fantastic trip-even on a soggy day! The building of the railway is an amazing feat by any standards and to see how much we ascend is super. The view from the top would be astounding on a sunny...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a ride on this railway in May 2018 It is an incredible feat of engineering that one man has achieved in his lifetime. What started as a means of getting clay for his pottery has been extended to a fantastic,1 hour ride up a...More

Thank Graham B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is something to experience when you are travelling in the Coromandel. Our group had a wonderful ride, the driver was very experienced, and his talk as we proceeded was very informative. The views are marvellous, especially at the Eye Full Tower. Learnt all about...More

Thank Sandra S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A looney railway up a forested mountainside with wonderful views. Built by a potter, it zig zags up a steep slope. It frightened my wife enough just looking at the film before going. She got a refund and did not go. Her loss.

Thank BillandMichelle2014
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great way to experience the Coromandel Bush and learn about one of her more colourful characters. An intriguing place to potter around

Thank Kelvin O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the visit to admire Barry Brickell's hand dug Railway providing visitors with magnificent views of the peninsula as well as quirky art pieces and structures along the way.

Thank Linepark
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An absolutely mind boggling experience. Barry Brickell's achievements and stories are amazing. The Scottish lady who drove the train and shared all the information made the trip very memorable. This is definitely a must, not only Barry's story but the views ,plants and pottery are...More

Thank Moltim
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see... I have been to driving creek railway twice now and found both trips beautiful. The train drivers/tour guides know the history of the track well and give you lots of interesting information on the manner in which the track was...More

Thank Jenz91G
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travelbug0810868
19 March 2018|
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Response from coopsnz | Reviewed this property |
I had a friend who had a bach (holiday home) just on the edge of Coromandel township and said it took just under 3 hours to drive there from her home in West Auckland.
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travelbug0810868
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Response from 123LS | Reviewed this property |
Hi They have a web page where you can check it out as well Under 4’s are free 4-16 $13 NZ Adults $35 NZ
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