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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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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“eyefull tower” (141 reviews)
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“train driver” (55 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

What an amazing place. Incredible what one man can organise when he has the passion and the drive to achieve his goal. Fantastic view from the " Eyeful " Tower. Was way better than I was expecting and would like to do the night time...More

Thank DennisFlash
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife planned the activity as part of a tour for her sister who was visiting from South Africa. Even though it was mostly cloudy and chilly in the middle of winter, we still really enjoyed ourselves. (We were the only people on the last...More

Thank Jonathan T
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DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your positive review. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel and enjoyed your own private train ride :) We pride ourselves on giving you a really authentic experience. Make sure next time you're here you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great visit, fun train ride to the tower with awesome views. The driver gave an informative commentary.

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DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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. Thanks again.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Unbelievable what this potter achieved from his vision. The journey up the mountain was interesting with the very informative driver explaining how the railway was built. The views are stunning as the train winds up the mountain through the forest canopy. At the top at...More

Thank WhereU2
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DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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.The Eyefull Tower views are amazing aren't they?

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

The whole class experience from buying tickets to the eyeful tower exceeded our expectations. The guide was very knowledgeable about all of Barry's endeavours. His life's work with art and conservation is inspiring. Even on a freezing cold winters day.More

Thank JennynAndrewNZ
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DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Dear Jenny, Thank you for taking time to write a review of Driving Creek Railway. Our staff do their best to make your experience great from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave. What Barry has created at Driving Creek...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

Local friends who had never been here joined us for what was one of our many trips. An absolutely beautiful day with only a few others on the tour. Winter time so blankets provided by the operators and really necessary as when we travelled through...More

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DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Dear Grand Visitor, Thank you for taking time share with us your experience of Driving Creek Railway. The great thing about winter is how quiet it is. The blankets have been a hit as it does get cold going through the bush. We are glad...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

We came 13 years ago when our boys were 3 and 9 months old, this time we were back with our boys now 16 and 13 anfmd our 10 year old girl. Just as fun, quirky, interesting and beautiful as we remembered. Always friendly staff....More

Thank guinetfamilytravels
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

I read d reviews n went Its for kid n family fun day out Slow train rude bt how the makers made the track n potteries Nothing much really I got bad luck sitting behind four super annoying n rude tourist who shout n chatted...More

Thank DJLengYein
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Though the weather was wet and miserable, this was a most interesting and rewarding trip. The shear scale of the work completed by hand, by Barry and his friends, is just amazing. The rail track is well thought out, with great views and exciting discoveries...More

Thank Votting
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

We had 9 people in our group, ranging in ages from 7 to 63, and everyone of them loved this wonderful little train. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to go up the mountain, spend a little time on top, and then come back down....More

Thank salupm1
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travelbug0810868
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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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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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