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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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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...more
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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 4 days ago

Traintastic? really? 35$ is really overprice for a train ride with no really good views and some potteries. The story of the man who built it is interesting, but you can read it online and it would be fine. Lot of speach on the train...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Leppard77martin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Build by a visionary. I was dubious at first and thought it was expensive, but when we set off it turned to amazement. Spectacular views and a good afternoons entertainment for both young and old. We took my mother who has reduced mobility and she...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank thomasc186
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is an absolute credit to the gentleman who spent many years working hard on his dream and true love. It is also a credit to his dedicated employees who have invested so much love and passion into a place for everyone to enjoy....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank donna b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were 4 adults in our party - 2 kiwis 2 poms - we were all in awe of this fabulous little train and the immeasurable skill, dedication and vision of Barry Brickell. The office staff were welcoming and friendly both on the phone and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pauatara
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fun experience, great to see the vision of one man grow and come together the way this has. Beautiful views, good commentary by our train driver. Friendly and helpful staff. On a clear day you can see an amazing distance. The walls made from...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Katie7772015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even though it was raining we really enjoyed the ride up to the eyefull tower a very well thought out track. Thanks also to the friendly staff very informative of how it was all put together.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jessicak114
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

This is not like a little train ride! This is a testament to a one of NZ famous potters who was able to build mostly on his own a fantastic train journey from his huge pottery studio up though a rainforest to a wonderful lookout....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your positive review Chris. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway. Barry has left us such a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 23 October 2018

The hour long ride is interesting and fun with art works, amazing bottle walls and tunnels along the way. The journey through native forest ends at a high point - Eyefull Tower, from which are spectacular views. Thoroughly enjoyed the video too whilst waiting for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Liz W
DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your positive review Liz. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. We pride ourselves on giving you a really authentic experience.

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

The railway, it's fascinating story - and that of it's creator Bruce Brickell, the scenery, the art placed randomly and the quirkiness made this a special and fun train journey. So cleverly designed and built. Stunning location. Highly recommend for all ages!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JudyN1234
DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your positive review Judy. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. We pride ourselves on giving you a really authentic experience.

Reviewed 15 October 2018

Visited here with my partner. It is a short drive from Coromandel Town centre. The trip is a one hour train ride through the forests with the end destination being the EyeFull Tower. The journey up through the forest is very pleasant. Our driver was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leki9
DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your positive review. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. We pride ourselves on giving you a really authentic experience and the views are amazing aren't they?

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travelbug0810868
19 March 2018|
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Response from Kimberley H | Reviewed this property |
Depends how you are travelling there. If you take a ferry from Auckland, then I suggest possibly 3 hours. However if you drive from Auckland, I would allow 4 hours, without stops.
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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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